April 10, 2009

Fan's eye view of IPL

Sambit Bal

Here's another plan to make you part of Cricinfo. If you are a cricket fan in South Africa and are keen on the IPL, you could share your experiences of watching the games with the world through us.

We are looking for volunteers to send us really short reports of the fan experience at the upcoming matches. If you are going to be at any of the games (the schedule is here) - in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Centurion, East London and Kimberley - you may be able to help us.

Send us a brief note (under 100 words) about yourself, telling us what you do, mentioning which city you're going to be in, and anything else you think may be relevant.

Unfortunately we can't pay you for your efforts, but you will be read by a large audience, and we'll be happy to publish a thumbnail picture of you and a brief bio, with a link to your blog or other webpage if any. Interested? Mail fanfollowing@cricinfo.com.

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Posted by barry de klerk on (June 30, 2009, 11:36 GMT)

Thanks to the IPL Kallis has become a decent 20-20 player. good good good

Posted by Barry de Klerk on (April 26, 2009, 1:49 GMT)

On Monday I went to watch the Big Show, and what fun it was. Music, noise, atmosphere, fireworks. I have always said that a night out to St Georges Park, home of one of the worst and most entertaining bands in the world, is huge fun, and if all else fails, one can even look at the cricket.

The IPL adds legends on the field. In January I did not think I would cheer Matthew Hayden playing a wonderful innings at St Georges Park, I certainly did not think that I would be dissapointed to see Kevin Pietersen score a duck. Mind you, I already heard the most amazing thing, Pietersen describing my country as a wonderful country.

The joy of watching all this is that being essectially neutral (for now) I can appreciate great play from anybody, without any of it being a dagger in my heart - Pietersen's wonderful batting in South Africa a couple of seasons ago stil hurts.

Some things still confuse me. Having watched South Africa of all countries play three spin bowlers in a T20 international, how come all the experts talk abuout pace being the key when spinners seem to be confusing batsmen more than ever? Would the Royal Chalenge have done better with Van der Merwe rather than Ross Taylor? And what is the throy of batting Dravid down the order. Surely the best batting order should be Dravid opening, Kallis either opening or number 3, Pietersen number 4.

While we are on Kallis, one day I hope Kallis will prove me wrong, but the best Test player in the world just cannot get a grip on T20, although his brief innings did provide some hope.

regards

More on Sunday

Barry de Klerk

Posted by Anandha Murali MS on (April 20, 2009, 10:38 GMT)

the worst thing is 7 1/2min break, it spoils the team momentum & rhythm of the players

Posted by sridharan on (April 16, 2009, 12:54 GMT)

IPL..this year is going to be better...every team got stronger than last year...so better cricket & more sixers...

Posted by sridharan on (April 16, 2009, 12:54 GMT)

IPL..this year is going to be better...every team got stronger than last year...so better cricket & more sixers...

Posted by Rajit on (April 16, 2009, 9:07 GMT)

IPL - II should be as equally exciting as the first edition if not more.Can't wait to see the action

Posted by Nashad Munas on (April 16, 2009, 8:46 GMT)

IPL is the best you can ever watch and enjoy.But disappointed without some pakistan players not playing is a minus point.Specially we looking forward for a good competition and i would prefer if 5 to 6 foreign players can play in a game.And i knw its gonna rock but i request the IPL Management look into my view and consider in future season.My love and excitement towards IPL is 1000% and i jus love it and wanting MUMBAI INDIANS to win it, i am eager to watch SACHEIN SANATH open,GAYLE MACULLUM to open....hip hip hurray IPL

Posted by Rohit on (April 15, 2009, 21:08 GMT)

Those who think IPL is ruining cricket and test cricket is the essence of cricket need to wake up and smell the coffee. IPL is here to stay, just like one day cricket before it. Cricket as a sport needs to evolve if it is to grow in the 21st century. Nowadays most people cant be bothered to watch 5 days of batsmen defending ball after ball. Throughout history there have always been idiots who opposed progress, and IPL is no exception.

Its sad IPL has to be played outside India. I think it will still be a success, though to a much smaller degree than last year. But at least the batsmen now get to play under different conditions, which might add more twists to the outcome.

Pity the Pakistani players were banned by their govt from playing. IPL will miss them, and I'm sure they'll miss IPL.

Posted by Vignesh on (April 15, 2009, 18:25 GMT)

This Years IPL is Going to ROCK all around the Glob........... "The Chennai Super Kings" has got the "Best of the Best" Line up to clinch the Title..........

Posted by person on (April 15, 2009, 17:09 GMT)

Anyone else been contacted to write reports of the "IPL fan experience" and been blown off? I replied four days ago and nothing has come to fruition. Bitterly disappointed. To be fair, perhaps they forgot or plan on contacting us the day before? Not sure, really.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sambit Bal
Editor-in-chief Sambit Bal took to journalism at the age of 19 after realising that he wasn't fit for anything else, and to cricket journalism 14 years later when it dawned on him that it provided the perfect excuse to watch cricket in the office. Among other things he has bowled legspin, occasionally landing the ball in front of the batsman; laid out the comics page of a newspaper; covered crime, urban development and politics; and edited Gentleman, a monthly features magazine. He joined Wisden in 2001 and edited Wisden Asia Cricket and Cricinfo Magazine. He still spends his spare time watching cricket.

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