NEW DELHI: Match No. 47 — Chennai Super Kings asked to bat first, scored 189 for four in 20 overs thanks to Ruturaj Gaekwad’s unbeaten 101 and, in reply, Rajasthan Royals rounded up the match in the 18th over. Not to forget that CSK are one of the table-toppers, but that means nothing in the IPL. They again faced a similar fate against the Punjab Kings. Sent to bat, CSK could only manage 134 for six, and Punjab just rode on KL Rahul’s brilliance. A few nights ago, Royal Challengers Bangalore too had to bite dust against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Rajasthan then collapsed like ninepins in their next two games. Less said the better about the way they performed against Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. Is this format about momentum? Then, why do top teams lose to bottom-ranked franchises? There is no explanation for this. Perhaps, there will never be one.
Predicting an IPL match is the most dangerous thing because there is no merit to it. Still, the fans love the IPL. Perhaps that is why IPL is such a big hit and India’s first most expensive global sports brand. “It is so exciting that the whole world comes to India to play cricket,” former Indian cricketer, coach, and selector Madan Lal recently told India Ahead in an interview.
Truly, excitement is only in the IPL. So much so that even former Indian captain MS Dhoni wants to have one last hurrah in front of his Chennai crowd before saying goodbye to professional cricket altogether. IPL is so big that even when the 2021 season is underway, work for 2022 IPL is already on.
And why won’t it be? The proposed teams are supposed to come from two cities, wherein Lucknow and Ahmedabad are the frontrunners. Fortunately or unfortunately, there is not the scope of a Super Over here. But the excitement in IPL is only going to be getting bigger from here on!