It all started with ICL. We were staunch followers of ICL. I always thought ICL paved way for a whole new beginning to Indian Domestic Cricket. Kudos to Zee Studios, Kapil Dev and co. for doing a wonderful job.
Now that IPL has jumped into the fray it is more and more fun. Cricket, not one of my favourite sports, has suddenly become a favourite for me. But only the 20-20 (or popularly denoted as T20) format of the game is fun for me. Who would have thought I will one day become a fan of cricket again? Hmmm…
One thing that bothered me is that the BCCI does not recognize ICL. They don’t have to, of course. But BCCI should not hamper ICL by putting a lot of dumb rules like, no official grounds for ICL, players in ICL will never play in the Indian team, etc. I mean, they play in ICL because they don’t get chances anyway. Hehehehe. Also, so many more people get a chance to play the game they love. And there are so many more jobs to be taken. At least in the name of economy don’t hamper the ICL venture. The stupid BCCI, just like a lot of other people and companies, is only concentrating on their ego and think they are a supreme power. A word of caution here – BCCI, you know what happened to KPS Gill just now, don’t you?
So, coming back to the topic of this post. I love these awesome Chennai teams. For the first time in life I am proud of one team. To tell you the truth I never felt so much about the Indian team. I did when I was a kid. But not anymore. Right now it is either the Chennai Super Stars of the ICL or the Chennai Super Kings of the IPL. The first four matchesx of the CSK were bloody victories with yesterday’s match a loss. But that’s nothing to worry. We’ve got Dhoni, the most expensive player in the IPL, who is a master strategician. I knew the CSK may lose one or two matches after Hayden and Hussey left to play for their home country, Australia, against the West Indies. But, Dhoni is bound to bring the team back in form. Just wait and see.
Above, Dhoni in form.
My most memorable match was the one against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The reason was that I was near the ropes watching the game being played out live at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. That was amazing and was a big eye opener. It gave me a lot of perspective about how the game is actually played on the field and I could feel the tension in the air. The awe inspriing knock by Dhoni was superb to watch on the field. When Bangalore came to bat I thought it was all over. They were extremely well placed with getting a very good run rate over after over. But then, as usual, Dhoni, managed to turn the tables over. Kudos to one of the greatest captains from India, M S Dhoni.
Below, the cheque for most number of sixers.
I am itching to watch the next match in Bangalore now!