IPL 2: Missing the Buzz..
Rain affected matches, Delayed starts, Inconsistent rules, Strategic breaks (?!?) and the teams themselves have contributed to some boring start to the second season of the Indian Premier League. IPL working committee decided to move this season of the IPL to South Africa after security concerns expresses by the Indian Home Ministry as the dates clashed with central government elections.
Threats of terrorists present in the country and bombing national leaders, It was the right move. Weather played the important factor behind choosing South Africa over England. South Africa is expected to have a dry season in April-May, but unseasonal and torrential rains have already played their part in making things worse. South African grounds have a good drainage system, meaning threat the matches could be started in lesser time as soon as the rain stops.
The season opener looked dark and slim under the rain clouds, The start was delayed, but thanks to the groundsmen who worked their sweat to get things started. Playing double headers in the same ground as against what was in two different grounds in season one delays the start of the second match because of the first. Chances of the second being washed off are more likely if the first one is too.
After having to spend more money than what was budgeted to be, This move seems acceptable. Moving players between different grounds, requirement of an increased number of the production crew could only mean higher amount being spent. The first few matches saw teams being outplayed.The competition is missing.
Some teams have a problem adjusting to the wicket, the weather makes the toss very important as the teams bowling first always have the advantage of swinging and seaming conditions. Smaller totals and less boundaries have been the order of the first few matches. Only Monday came a match that was a through entertainer. The match between CSK and RCB could have been a one-sided affair, but the crowd in the stadium and the TV watching crowd would have enjoyed the match.
First, it started on time. It was predicted to rain in the second half, but it stayed away. Second, The power hitting by CSK batsmen. Mathew Hayden played some real T20 shots. Third, The crowd on the ground was finally making some noise. Sivamani used his drums to get the crowd singing, dancing and chanting. It was audible on the TV set and was music to the ears. In earlier matches, it was only commentators speaking or the players speaking on the stump mike. It was so darn boring. Finally, The RCB color. I personally like the color of RCB’s jersey. Bright Red, catches the eyes. With Rahul Dravid playing sparkling cover drives, it’s like icing on the cake. My favorite match of the season so far.
The strategic timeout: I personally don’t understand the need for it. A compulsory 7 and a half minute break at the end of 10 overs . Players walk off the field for discussion how to go about things? Do they really need to? Stand there and Hit! That’s what the discussion could be. Personally, I think it’s more to do with TV commercials than Cricket. We have already seen a shift in momentum after the break. Some may call it good for the game as the fielding team has time to reunite. It’s a real waste of time.
The Cheerleaders: Some don’t like them on the field, some do. I prefer them only when they are shown not at the expense of replays. It’s about Cricket and better to stay with it. Stop the underskirt adventure, specially on television. It may be OK in other countries, but in India it’s a No-No. Show Priety Zinta, Shah Rukh Khan and Shilpa Shetty. They are more good looking than the cheer leaders.
The Opening Ceremony: Oh, Please stop calling throwing flags between people as carnival. The opening ceremony had no ‘India’ in it, and it was boring.
The Rules: I didn’t understand allowing a full match between the Deccan Chargers and Kolkatta Knight Riders after the Delhi vs Punjab match was shortened due to rain delay. There was a problem with the flood lights before the DC match, for a good half hour, which not only delayed the toss but the match too. They played a full T20 match. Can somebody explain?
If the first match is delayed everything is delayed, but there are no efforts to get the second match started asap. They take the full time to get the next match going, no matter what the time is.
The Extra Innings Crew: Only Arun lal? Samir Kochar, the host is only better talking on Adult shows. He tries to keep things going, but with Arun lal the only person to talk to.. ewww. Thank goodness there is Mandira. The new looks work on her and she promises to be a entertaining host.
It’s been boring so far, and promises to continue being a big bore for the rest of the tournament. Hopefully Cricket is what we will see and without any delays.
PS: I have written this post with the same feeling that i have gotten from the IPL. Hopefully my next post will be a lot better. This is also a remider that i have a sports blog which updates daily with the match reviews of the IPL.