No place for Icons in the playoffs


With Mumbai Indians officially out of the IPL, none of the original Icons find themselves in the semi-finals. The fact that Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly and Tendulkar will not appear anymore in this year’s extravaganza says a lot. Though Sehwag was eventually made an icon, Delhi has played phenomenally as a unit and deserves to be in there and Sehwag belongs more so amongst the next generation icon list.

The last few games truly showed the value of leadership, team play and constant innovation as being critical to success in the T20 form of the game and not necessarily on the dependence on individual brilliance. The four abovementioned icons and other individuals on those four teams had some brilliant performances and all that did not matter in the end. NK Patel, RA Jadeja, Shaun Marsh or Dinesh Karthik could do what different combinations of Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Jayasuriya,  Shahid Afridi, Gilchrist, Shoaib Akthar or Shaun Pollock could not achieve. Strange but brilliant game this!

Frankly, I have not been a fan of either the Royals or the Kings X1but they have performed consistently well to be where they are. No doubts about where my loyalties lie moving forward, it is Chennai all the way.

Emotions, nostalgia, and personal choices aside, the four best teams are going to battle it out and the fun is only going to begin.

Eagerly looking forward to the semi-finals…

Srikanth

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5 responses to “No place for Icons in the playoffs

  1. My semifinal lineup before IPL started

    1. Hyderabad
    2. Mumbai
    3. Chennai
    4. Delhi

    I’m glad atleast two of those teams made it to the finals 🙂

  2. Though I hate to say this, chennai looks to me as the team with least chance of getting to final.They seem to always choke when they need about 40-30 runs while chasing.Also raina could stay not out yesterday becoz of DC’s lousy fielding else this guy seems desperate to get run out and unless his running improves he doesn’t stand a chance against punjab or rajasthan.
    But quite happy they made it to last four despite not having any major star player except dhoni.

  3. I agree with you Harinee .

    Chennai looks to choke so often and I guess Badri derserves to go @ n0.4 or N0.5 . He didn’t get enough chances at the top, I’m not sure why Dhoni is playing around with Badri’s batting position. According to me he is the best Bat in CSK.

    Again Balaji seemed off color in the last two games, But with such a weak bowling attack Dhoni can’t leave out Balaji, coz he at least bowls one good over, which Jogi Baba doesn’t.
    Balaji is the weak link as far as the chennai attack is concerned. Balaji needs to get more disciplined.

    Fleming has looked vulnerable on most occasions. So does Patel, he is desparate to throw his wicket once he gets set 🙂

    Inspite all these shortcomings, I’m glad they have made it to the last four.

  4. I feel Delhi might win 🙂

  5. Dhoni plays around with Badri’s batting order for the same reason why Badri can’t get into the India team. Blasphemous as it may sound, I suspect a conspiracy to keep Badri out!! The irony is that Dhoni was picked up to represent Chennai in IPL.

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