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…