Posted by: nestaquin | April 11, 2010

The IPL Unexplained 4

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

The IPL has been copping stick from all quarters this last week. The whingeing has been growing louder and there have been some heated debates about its worth but if tonight’s superbly presented match between Deccan and Chennai is any indication of the future then perhaps all of the hype may be justified after all.

The Vidarbha Stadium in Nagpur was only half full, which was surprising considering it is a Saturday, but still the ground was vibrant and superbly presented. The outfield was uniformly green and quick, the stands appeared clean and comfortable and it was pleasing to see that the spectators weren’t caged in like animals at an alien zoo. The old manual scoreboard was a lovely sight too.

The cricket was of a reasonably high standard and even though Deccan won comfortably there was still plenty to satisfy.

Suresh Raina showed again why he is held in such high regard while his less decorated tongue-twisting contemporary Tirumalasetti Laxminarayana Suman played a wonderfully confident innings before the experienced Andrew Symonds and Dwayne Smith expertly led the home team to victory.

Unsurprisingly, Ryan Harris, in the best form of his career, bowled with pace and purpose, again making a mockery of the Australian selectors decision to overlook him in preference to the hapless and hopeless Brett Lee for the World T20.

Harmeet Singh, Pragyan Ohja and Symonds, ruthlessly rejected internationally and at 34 still the most dynamic T20 allrounder in Australia, bowled tight lines, clever lengths and took regular wickets while the fielding was tidy and neat without being overtly spectacular.

In the end Chennai were a tad disappointing but if you leave a man of Mutthiah Muralitharan’s talent and experience on the bench you’re giving the opposition a headstart before a ball is bowled!

If I may draw your attention once more to the quote from the 26th US President at the top of the page, and apologies for butchering a famous phrase from Liverpool’s trippy bard, but perhaps the critics should change their predictable tune, or the channel, and just give the IPL a chance?

As cheeky Australian IPL host Ryan Campbell loves to mangle, “It’s still early doors yet.”


  1. Watching Deccan can be a singularly annoying experience as I feel depressed when I see Roy prowling around and doing routinely spectacular things. I resent that he is not up for Aus selection anymore. What profligacy to give up on a player like that.

    And having Rhino looking like a million bucks for Deccan doesn’t help either. But I can’t start following another team now. As long as Gilly captains them, they are my IPL team of choice.

    I half-expect that both Tait and Lee will start in the first twenty/20 game and we just better hope that at least one of them is mentally fit as it could all get very messy, very fast.

    One of the more amusing things about the game today however was the signs on the electronic screen. NURDLE and RHINO look funny ten foot high and lit up.

  2. I thought the Deccan fielding was very good today. They got the small things right and the catching was solid even if Mishra mucked up a catch in such style.

  3. I loved it when Bollinger hit some poor bloke on the badge of the helmet and the scoreboard flashed up SCONED! I understand that I’m easily pleased but that was hilarious entertainment late on a Saturday night!

  4. As some of us Hyderabadis say: I am hazaar happy !

    Go Chargers !

    • Too bloody right.

      Their fielding was excellent again today and what an over from Harmeet Singh when I though Rhino had just lost the match by bowling length, LENGTH at Uthappa.

      Go Deccan!

  5. Routinely spectacular, Lou? Us Indians could pray for someone of Roy’s athleticism on any of our 430,231 festivals each year , and Brahma, the creation dude, would still not be able to make one of that calibre!

    I confess I have strarted developing loyalties. Sachin first, but Delhi is a conflict. The rest is a mish-mash – depending upon whom I like or dislike. Rjasthan is easy. It has Shane Watson, easily the most dislike-able cricketer unearthed since the twin Singhs, Yuvraj and Bajji – so Rajasthan is my pick for villain. But it’s tough, man.

    • Yes, I don’t like the Royals because of Watson either and I’m an Aussie. Quality player, but what a…

    • By routinely, I meant for him. Not for anyone else as he is the best I have seen on a field for clean pick-ups while throwing himself around.

      An English journalist referred to him as ‘throwing his ungainly bulk around’. I’m not sure who he has been watching, but I can’t have been Roy.

      Just because someone is big, doesn’t mean they are not graceful and athletic. Look at Kieran Pollard.

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