Indian Premier League April 26, 2010

Five for keeps

There's no denying that IPL 2010 has indeed left a bad taste in one's mouth
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There's no denying that IPL 2010 has indeed left a bad taste in one's mouth. Still, the old school romantic in me prefers to turn its back on the cesspool of 'alleged' dirty dealings the tournament has got mixed up with. For me, the game is still intact because it is bigger than any given individual, situation or a particular tournament. And so, at the end of this season, I choose to draw my attention to those bits that spelled cricket all the way. While there were a lot more moments but I'd stick to my top five.

David Hussey's catch: There were quite a few inimitable catches taken in this tournament, but Hussey's catch to dismiss Paul Collingwood was my favourite for a couple of reasons. First of all, it was a flat shot that didn't give him too much time to balance himself or react. Second, at one point of time both his feet were in air while pushing the ball back into the playing field. Since both feet were outside the line, had he touched one foot, it would have been a six.

Robin Uthappa's switch-hit six: What an absolute visual marvel it was to see to Uthappa hit that six off Ajantha Mendis. It's one thing hitting a reverse-sweep with power behind the shot, but a switch-hit goes one step ahead. You need to change your guard and grip completely and then play like a southpaw. It needed balance, strength and good connection. And it had all three.

Hayden's Mongoose: The most awaited innovation in modern cricket. The Mongoose has an extremely short blade and a very long handle. The weight taken from the top is distributed in the remainder of the bat which makes it a lot thicker than the normal bat. The toe is three times thicker too. This design increases the bat speed, gives more control and allows the batsman to hit yorkers and low full-tosses with brute force. Hayden unleashed it against Delhi Daredevils at the Kotla and wrecked havoc. But unfortunately the Mongoose made only special appearances in the tournament. Perhaps the old fashioned bat is a better bet especially when you're not in form.

Praveen Kumar's hat-trick: Since the batsmen go after the bowling regardless of what happened on the previous ball, taking a hat-trick is a lot easier in this format as compared to the rest. But still it takes some good bowling to take three in three. Praveen did it beautifully against Rajasthan Royals. The highlight of the hat-trick was the juggling act of Manish Pandey to dismiss Sumit Narwal.

Vintage Sachin: This was not an event or a moment, it was an ongoing experience. Sachin reinforced the importance of technique once again. He showed that you don't need to slog your way to big runs and that it's possible to perform consistently in this format too. He seemed to have reached the state of Nirvana where he's reading the bowlers mind or even better; he's making them bowl where he wants them to. It took him a couple of years to crack the Twenty20 code but voila! When he did, it was pure class.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • ranjith on August 27, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Aadipiran: Ha ha... what's wrong with you? Sachin was boring! ha ha.. good one dude "He took advantage of field restrictions well against seamers" that;s what you said and that's what is called cricket and that;'s what a batsman's supposed to do. or to put it simpler, batsman are supposed to play like the god does. and you know who the god is. All this because you called him boring and I have no idea what entertains you!!? maybe a little bashing with shut eyes! nice

  • Ron on May 1, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    The best part of not only this IPL but also future IPLs will be the gift of watching Tendulkar bat-even after he has retired from International duties. What more could a cricket fan ask for?

  • Al on April 30, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    The BEST part of the IPL was SACHIN!!!

    As Akaash rightly says "Pure Class"!...... AH! Like watching a Rolls Royce... as compared to the other power Tractor types slogging away)

  • Rohan on April 30, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    The Best part of the IPL is actually afterwards. When the true cricket fans realise that whatever the format Sachin is the Best...and certain "fans" from certain "other places" are totally consumed with jealousy.

  • Prashant on April 30, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    The pathetic and constant jealousy of certain ppl (from a particular place) towards Sachin Tendulkar (The Greatest Batsman of all time)...is amazing.

  • Bharathi on April 29, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    i think kallis or symonds might be given golden player they have played allround and the under 23 should be given ti p.ojha he had an excellent tour

  • Prashant on April 29, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Notices some "Ps" posting their typical jealous comments about the Greatest Batsman of all time- Sachin Tendulkar (In what is the IPL -"Indian.P.L"?

  • ravi on April 28, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Bhajji picking up Mrs. Ambani for me was the msot memorable moment of IPL3. Such glee in her face!

  • richie on April 28, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    i think one of the best moment in this ipl was in the match between rajasthan royals & deccan chargers, in which shane warne picked 4 wickets. later on, a magnificant final over by siddarth trivedi, picking 3 wickets including the magnificant rohit sharma who was on fire. it can be called as the match of the season.

  • Satya on April 27, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    It is disgraceful that Sachin refused to go in the final against CSK after being caught behind. Is this what he is teaching youngsters. This shows that he plays for himself. On the other hand, Dhoni, never made it an issue though all the CSK players knew Sachin gloved.Sorry Sachin , you are national disgrace, the television replay exposed this. Had you gone at that time , I would have continued to be your Fan and Mumbai would have won

  • ranjith on August 27, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Aadipiran: Ha ha... what's wrong with you? Sachin was boring! ha ha.. good one dude "He took advantage of field restrictions well against seamers" that;s what you said and that's what is called cricket and that;'s what a batsman's supposed to do. or to put it simpler, batsman are supposed to play like the god does. and you know who the god is. All this because you called him boring and I have no idea what entertains you!!? maybe a little bashing with shut eyes! nice

  • Ron on May 1, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    The best part of not only this IPL but also future IPLs will be the gift of watching Tendulkar bat-even after he has retired from International duties. What more could a cricket fan ask for?

  • Al on April 30, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    The BEST part of the IPL was SACHIN!!!

    As Akaash rightly says "Pure Class"!...... AH! Like watching a Rolls Royce... as compared to the other power Tractor types slogging away)

  • Rohan on April 30, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    The Best part of the IPL is actually afterwards. When the true cricket fans realise that whatever the format Sachin is the Best...and certain "fans" from certain "other places" are totally consumed with jealousy.

  • Prashant on April 30, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    The pathetic and constant jealousy of certain ppl (from a particular place) towards Sachin Tendulkar (The Greatest Batsman of all time)...is amazing.

  • Bharathi on April 29, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    i think kallis or symonds might be given golden player they have played allround and the under 23 should be given ti p.ojha he had an excellent tour

  • Prashant on April 29, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Notices some "Ps" posting their typical jealous comments about the Greatest Batsman of all time- Sachin Tendulkar (In what is the IPL -"Indian.P.L"?

  • ravi on April 28, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Bhajji picking up Mrs. Ambani for me was the msot memorable moment of IPL3. Such glee in her face!

  • richie on April 28, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    i think one of the best moment in this ipl was in the match between rajasthan royals & deccan chargers, in which shane warne picked 4 wickets. later on, a magnificant final over by siddarth trivedi, picking 3 wickets including the magnificant rohit sharma who was on fire. it can be called as the match of the season.

  • Satya on April 27, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    It is disgraceful that Sachin refused to go in the final against CSK after being caught behind. Is this what he is teaching youngsters. This shows that he plays for himself. On the other hand, Dhoni, never made it an issue though all the CSK players knew Sachin gloved.Sorry Sachin , you are national disgrace, the television replay exposed this. Had you gone at that time , I would have continued to be your Fan and Mumbai would have won

  • Rohan Ray on April 27, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Sam- you call aakash chopra a test player, "you test player" being your exact words, as though that were a bad thing. T20 has very obviously gotten to you, as it has with most of the people in India- we fail to realise what value test cricket is to us. It is the only true test of how good one is as a player- look at the top successes of all IPLs from Watson, to Gilchrist to Sachin and Kallis- much of their success is a direct result of the solid ability they have developed playing tests over the years.

    And Aadiripan- Calling sachin boring. I am unabashedly a Sachin fan, and i ask you to name ONE Player in the IPL who plays shots that are as pleasing to the eye as Sachin does. And you seem to forget how effective he was in scoring at a quick pace despite not going for the big hits, again demonstrating the importance of quality to the game of cricket.

    Waiting eagerly for the next test series- whites, five slips, swinging ball, batsman actually having to work for every boundary- bliss!

  • kil on April 27, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    dhoni pumped up, you forgot!

  • Pradeep Nair on April 27, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    One of the greatest moment in IPL 2010 is the last over performance of CSK captain MSD against Kings XI Punjab....What a reaction after hitting that huge winning hit..!!!!

  • ghazali on April 27, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    why u people r putting sachin in this he is nothing of a batsmen just an typical indian average player i think instead of sachins there would have been doug bollinger who change the direction of the team in final ..........

  • venkat on April 27, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    You missed out on the best moment. Shane Warne's ripping leg breaks in that game at Nagpur. For the way he marshalled his troops and bowled, it was the match of the tournament

  • K Prakash on April 27, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Sachin's role in the semis and finals were a let down and not the spirit of the game (especially, given the status we accord to Sachin. The first one was the catch he claimed against Dravid and the celebrations he did. The second was when he gloved the ball to Dhoni and prefered not to walk. These two incidents have definitely dented Sachin's image. If any other cricketer had done these, they would have been ripped apart in the media. But, in this case, media have turned a blind eye.????

  • R Premnath on April 27, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    You missed one of the Golden evening of future INDIAN Player M VIJAY's KNOCK of 127 in 54 balls ,specially the ball which gone out of Stadium that too of SHAN TAIT , Why MAN ?

  • Avinash Singh Bagri on April 27, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    It didnt take him 2 years to crack any sort of code Mr. Chopra, if you see his very short record before IPL I his strike rate was around 160-170 though he played only 5-6 matches. But in IPL I he wasnt fit for the most of the time he still scored at above 31/inng yeah low by his standards..same in IPL II and better in IPL III but the major difference was the team performance..earlier they couldnt gel as a team so his performance was overlooked though it wasnt as great as it is, its obvious as he is in arguably at his best but in this IPL it was his team who made his effort more special... So you cant say it took him some time to settle into this format :P

  • rajeash on April 27, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    where is the bollinger great catch,,, it is one of the greatest catch of ipl

  • Sam on April 27, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    You forgot Yusuf's 37 ball hurricane it far better than all these 5 moments.... that too againest best team of the IPL 3.You are such a sucker Chopra..thrown out of KKR..you test player.

  • Abdullah AbdulRaheem on April 27, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    Wow talk abt a pathetic article. Aakash Chopra is a sham of a writer who copies half his articles from what other comms have been saying for years...and this one is pathetic, the IPL was the biggest sham with pathetic fielding and absolutely horrible standard of cricket. grow up aakash

  • ravi on April 26, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    I would take out Hayden's Mangoose and replace it with Dhoni's knock in Dharmasala which made them to the playoffs. I have never seen Dhoni that much pumped up.

  • Cric_Fan on April 26, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Nice to see "Five for keeps". For Uthappa, it would have been better if his one over game changer aginst Sreeshanth and Bret lee was mentioned and really we are going to miss his batting in T20 world cup.

  • Iyer on April 26, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Good choice Aakash, add a few more. Pollard's assualt, CSK defending in semis , more so Warne's show against Deccan, Vijay's capitulation of Royals... All do worth a mention. But for me the moment of IPL was Bhajji's madness against Deccan. And word about mastreo, nothing suffices in his praise. He is above Mortals playing with him.

  • Rajendra Kubal on April 26, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    All five moments were superb. It helps to rise the standard of cricket and also spirit to youngersters who plays the cricket with great interest. About Hayden's mongoos bat I feel that these people are making fun of cricket. This thing should not allowed in cricket.

  • James on April 26, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Aakash how about you provide real commentary and not praise the IPL ever single post. I am sick of these IPL posts, where are your posts about the technicalities of cricket? How to bat better? What terms in cricket mean? I can bet a 1000 rupees you wont allow this post to be published because i am IPL bashing, but just wanted to tell you IPL is boring and has ruined cricket in India. If you are so blind to see it, it is yours and all your readers' fault.

  • Aadipiran on April 26, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Hayden had a good game against Delhi. But that was about it. Vijay's batting against Royals was lot more orthodox and lot better hitting. Vijay's batting that game was the best batting innings of this IPL. SRT was very good. He piled up lot of runs. But nothing spectacular. He took advantage of field restrictions well against seamers. None of his innings can be called stand out or under crunch situation. For T20 he appeared dull. He didn't do well in semis and in finals he was generally boring and to a good extent lucky to survive as long as he did. CSK bowlers were not under any pressure till he was around. Only time they appeared to be under pressure was when Pollard came in. Kallis was a more all round success than Sachin admittedly more boring than Sachin with the bat during the tournament. Sachin collected most runs. But, Kallis batted just as well and collected many wickets and in essence more valuable. One doesn't expect sachin fans to admit inferiority even if it the reality!

  • Raghav on April 26, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    u missed the super over btw super kings and kings 11 punjab

  • ram on April 26, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Akash

    How can you forget Dhoni's performance in Dharmasala and punching himself in the face..all the more reason why Chennai CSK are IPL2010 champs!! I beg a word or two on his accomplishment.

  • srini on April 26, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    my memorable moment in the IPL final is watching a great cricketer Michael Hussey run in with a towel and drinks when Sachin got out. When was the last time we saw any of our super stars do it? Ganguly refused to carry drinks when he was 12th man in 1991-92. Wish our boys would learn this from the OZs instead of sledging.

  • HIMANSHU CHAUDHARY on April 26, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    I THINK THAT AB DE VILLIERS CATCH WAS ALSO PRETTY GOOD(IN FACT MUCH BETTER THAN HUSSEY'S) WHICH MADE HIM "FIELDER OF THE TOURNAMENT".

  • Rashid on April 26, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    This a indeed a great win for South, Chennai has done it twice, Hyderabad Once and Bangalore has finished in the top three again. One more reminder to all those foolhardy Mumbaikars who still believe that Mumbai is the cradle of Indian Cricket...NOT ANYMORE. Indian Cricket has many more gems than what Mumbai can offer. Take away Tendulkar and even a 12std school team can beat Mumbai.

  • Ram on April 26, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    My moment of the IPL: Dhoni giving himself a punch after that match in Dharamsala.

  • Elavarasan on April 26, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    MURALI VIJAY'S 127 WAS UN FORGETTABLE

  • Aleeza on April 26, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    What about AB's catch? That was one heck of a moment! Bollinger's one similar to Hussey's was spectacular too..

  • Rajiv Sabherwal on April 26, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Surprised to see Dhoni's reaction after winning the last league match against Punjab, and thereby qualifying for the semi-finals. That jab to himself is the most emotion calm Dhoni has shown, and really got his team together for the semi-finals.

  • Anton on April 26, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Murali's Onslaught does require a mention here. The 127 that he hit with 11 sixes was an amazing innings.

  • Naren on April 26, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    I am surprised that Dhoni's reaction after winning the game against KXI Punjab is not in this list. It definitely is better than most of the mentioned moments. disappointing!

  • Rob on April 26, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    you missed Dhoni's last over exploits. CSK was one good over from elimination. CSK's fortunes was barely hanging on a thread. But the Captain Marvel had other ideas and he powered his team to the Semi Finals.

  • RAYMOND D`SOUZA on April 26, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Observations and conclusions are super - CSK won the final because of MI stupidity - lousy catching, Pollard`s late entry, Nayar`s stupid run out, etc was a lesson for aspiring youngsters to shhot at their own feet

  • Hal738 on April 26, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Akash Chopra has mentioned the highlights of IPL3. What about the low lights - the failure of all the leading Indian batsmen to play a decent tournament - Dhoni. Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj all aflied. Yet they were selected for the Indian team for WCT20. Also what about the failure of the "oldies' - Hayden, Gilchrist, Warne? Is it not the right time for them to go out gracefully?

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  • Hal738 on April 26, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Akash Chopra has mentioned the highlights of IPL3. What about the low lights - the failure of all the leading Indian batsmen to play a decent tournament - Dhoni. Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj all aflied. Yet they were selected for the Indian team for WCT20. Also what about the failure of the "oldies' - Hayden, Gilchrist, Warne? Is it not the right time for them to go out gracefully?

  • RAYMOND D`SOUZA on April 26, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Observations and conclusions are super - CSK won the final because of MI stupidity - lousy catching, Pollard`s late entry, Nayar`s stupid run out, etc was a lesson for aspiring youngsters to shhot at their own feet

  • Rob on April 26, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    you missed Dhoni's last over exploits. CSK was one good over from elimination. CSK's fortunes was barely hanging on a thread. But the Captain Marvel had other ideas and he powered his team to the Semi Finals.

  • Naren on April 26, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    I am surprised that Dhoni's reaction after winning the game against KXI Punjab is not in this list. It definitely is better than most of the mentioned moments. disappointing!

  • Anton on April 26, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Murali's Onslaught does require a mention here. The 127 that he hit with 11 sixes was an amazing innings.

  • Rajiv Sabherwal on April 26, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Surprised to see Dhoni's reaction after winning the last league match against Punjab, and thereby qualifying for the semi-finals. That jab to himself is the most emotion calm Dhoni has shown, and really got his team together for the semi-finals.

  • Aleeza on April 26, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    What about AB's catch? That was one heck of a moment! Bollinger's one similar to Hussey's was spectacular too..

  • Elavarasan on April 26, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    MURALI VIJAY'S 127 WAS UN FORGETTABLE

  • Ram on April 26, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    My moment of the IPL: Dhoni giving himself a punch after that match in Dharamsala.

  • Rashid on April 26, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    This a indeed a great win for South, Chennai has done it twice, Hyderabad Once and Bangalore has finished in the top three again. One more reminder to all those foolhardy Mumbaikars who still believe that Mumbai is the cradle of Indian Cricket...NOT ANYMORE. Indian Cricket has many more gems than what Mumbai can offer. Take away Tendulkar and even a 12std school team can beat Mumbai.