Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, final, CLT20, Delhi October 6, 2013

Goliaths beat Davids

Mumbai Indians' twin titles vindicated their strategy of chasing the big players, who proved too much for the less glittering names in Rajasthan Royals
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Mumbai Indians had begun their defense of 202 in the final with Sachin Tendulkar being given a guard of honour by his team-mates and it ended with him being chaired off the field by them. It was the perfect sign-off for the man to whom the entire Mumbai campaign was dedicated (#ThisTimeFor10dulkar) and who was retiring from short-form cricket after the game.

It was also a perfect ending to the second three-year cycle for Mumbai, who added the Champions League title to their IPL trophy. Mumbai were the most expensive IPL franchise when the league came into existence back in 2008, had the biggest name in Indian cricket as their icon, and have relentlessly done all it takes to reinforce their squad - sometimes even causing rule changes, such as the infamous five overseas players decision in 2010 which briefly earned them the nickname Mumbai Foreigners.

When Kieron Pollard became the hottest thing in T20s after the 2009 CLT20, Mumbai opened the cheque book to land him in a secret tiebreaker at the following auction. In 2010, after retaining four marquee names, they also splashed $2m to sign on the biggest star from their home city, and possibly the best batsman over six seasons of the IPL, Rohit Sharma.

When the 2011 campaign spluttered and part-timer Ambati Rayudu wasn't deemed good enough to be the regular wicketkeeper, in came the country's second-best Twenty20 wicketkeeper-batsman, Dinesh Karthik. It was a buy outside the auction and reportedly cost them $2.35m. In that failed 2011 campaign, the little-known Ali Murtuza was the team's second spinner, another department the management thought needed strengthening. Within 10 days of bringing in Karthik, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha - the leading wicket-taker in the 2010 season - was bought, again outside the auction.

And for the thorny problem of who to open with Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai chased every flavour-of-the-season opener - whether it was Davy Jacobs after his strong show at the 2010 Champions League or Richard Levi after he made his name with the quickest T20 international century in 2012, before settling on Dwayne Smith. In 2013, they spent a million on Glenn Maxwell and used him mainly for carrying drinks in the IPL, giving him just three games.

All of which meant that even without one of the world's premier T20 bowlers, Lasith Malinga, and benching Mitchell Johnson, they could field a side in the CLT20 final with ten internationals. Only the seamer Rishi Dhawan hasn't represented his country yet, and even he might not have got a look-in if Munaf Patel's bowling hadn't deteriorated badly over the last season.

Mumbai's cocktail of talent, temperament and experience proved too much for their opponents, the cash-strapped Rajasthan Royals. Without the finances to secure too many of the format's leading players, Royals have relied instead on clever cut-rate overseas buys, like James Faulkner and Kevon Cooper, and on scouting talented no-namers.

That made them everybody's favourite underdog team in the IPL, and has unearthed some of the most heart-warming narratives in the tournament. Two of their heroes in the final were 41-year-old legspinner Pravin Tambe, whose story is the stuff of screenplays, and 18-year-old Sanju Samson who served notice of his abilities with a series of clean hits that kept Royals alive despite starting the chase needing over 10 an over.

Royals also beat better-resourced opponents by making full use of the home advantage, winning all 13 matches this year on a pacy Jaipur surface, which generally hasn't lent itself to big scores - only one team reached 180 at the Sawai Mansingh stadium during the IPL season.

In every Royals press conference the talk is about the strong team spirit, and how the emphasis is on the team and not on big names. That spirit had to be reforged after the spot-fixing scandal rocked the side in the 2013 season, and left them without four of their players.

Despite overcoming that challenge, and producing exceptional performances from several wild-card picks, and their perfect home record, they couldn't complete the final step of their dream. Even as Tendulkar was carried off the field by jubilant team-mates, he was watched from the sidelines by a morose Rahul Dravid, who was also representing his IPL team for the final time.

This time the Goliaths of the IPL had beaten the Davids.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nitish1305 on October 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Well, this must have been tough for dravid to watch the celebrations from the sidelines and not being part of it. While it must be realized that the fairy tale would have been possible for only one of the Indian stalwart; in the present context, Rahul deserved this trophy. The way RR played, after overcoming the spot fixing saga, showed their true fighting spirit, and more importantly, the attitude, which Rahul inculcated in the team, and I believe that Rahul deserved accolades for this and the trophy would have been the true way of giving him back, even if it would have been a drop in the ocean. Rahul has been the epitome and work ethic, and has inspired people across areas other than sports. He had showed that even if you don't have the talent, discipline and work ethic will take you to heights. I know these trophies don't mean big for you guys, having seen enough silverware in your career, but Sorry, Sachin, You have been a genius & great player, but rahul deserved this one more.

  • jimbond on October 7, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    Even in this lopsided contest, if the stars of the RR would have pulled their weight, they could have as well won. It would not be an exaggeration to say that today Watson (and Binny) failed with both bat and ball, and when Rahane and Samson had made their contributions, Hodge was sorely missed to take their work forward. The gamble with Perera did not pay off (I doubt whether he would be taken by any team in the next bidding), so also with Yagnik. When the Royals bowling was getting thrashed, Trivedi (who has been unfairly suspended for an year) was really missed. Overall it was hence not the difference in quality of teams, it was just that MI played better on the day.

  • on October 8, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @mayank papuja ur comment that rohit was mere puppet & sachin was doing allt eh shadow captaincy is a big joke. think u were day dreaming. V all admire sachin but give credit where its due.The sedate start he gave dug a big hole for mumbai to sink, had it not been for rohit, smith & co sachin would have been licking his wounds rather than cherishing the trophy.The fact is sachin is a superb batsman but a very poor & reluctant captain. That's d fact & so b i,nothing to be ashamed of it. So dont just sing 'husanas' without any reason.

  • on October 8, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Well this goliath beating david phrase is not apt. The bottom line is-' the better team on the park which held its nerve won the title'. Rohit sharma led the side from the front with all guns blazing & kept egging his troops to hang on when the opponents kept hitting at them, while dravid timidly accepted his limitations & held himself back. Stating RR lacked stars would b an insult to players like hodge,rahane, cooper, watson etc. Only thing is mumbai believed more than RR tht they could win, as kumble said post match-' credit should go 2 rohit the way he lead the side with example. give crdit where its due. Having said that, I have tremendous respect for RD as a gentlemen cricketer.

  • ChanderM on October 8, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    I interpret the article headline as SACHIN TENDULKAR, the Goliath beats RAHUL DRAVID (david with r added), the David. I believe the final T20 match for these two great Indian cricketers should not be celebrated as victory of one player over the other. India's performance in Olympic Games and other international sporting events has been dismal. It was performance of Tendulkar and Dravid that brought cheers to this fan of Indian sports. Performance in the Olympics by USA teams is easily that of a Goliath, while India would be regarded as David. However, in a 1932 Olympic Games hockey match India, the David beat USA, the Goliath by a score of 24 to 1. I doubt if this 23 goal margin will ever be broken in the Olympics where performance is measured in goals. I believe if victory of David over Goliath has to be celebrated, then India should take pride in this India-USA match. Ironically the Google search for blowout sports victories does not include this match.

  • Silverbails on October 7, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    Rahul Vs. SRT - Both legends, but for me there's only EVER been one true great here: Mr. Dravid. Although he came out second best on this occasion, he'll always be my champion player in the purest form of the game, which is Test Match cricket, where he CLEARLY is a giant compared with Tendulkar, in terms of match-winning performances for his TEAM. Sadly, SRT (especially overseas) hasn't performed anywhere near to the legendary Rahul Dravid. Here's to you, Rahul - we salute you and RR, on your final match, despite it being the MI night...

  • on October 7, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    I cannot think of many other men, perhaps Graeme Smith or Kumar Sangakkara, that could transform this broken RR team and turn them in to a solid team. With a distinct lack of star players, Rahul Dravid, along with Paddy Upton and the staff, did an incredible job turning this team around. Rahul Dravid, you are my cricketing hero and perhaps India's greatest ever batsmen. I don't even care that he lost, just to watch him on the field one last time was a privilege. We will sorely miss you! Maybe I'll indulge in the highlights from the 2001 Eden Gardens Test to bring back the glory days!

  • on October 7, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    I feel really sad for Dravid because he didn't get an IPL trophy and didn't get to hold the World Cup. Even though he wasn't part if the team he said the World Cup was his proudest moment as an Indian cricketer. I doubt the lack of limited overs trophies should bother him seeing as he was the best Test batsman of the past decade (yes, better than Tendulkar) but it is about time he got his due from the Indian public who have always preferred Tendulkar. We wish you the best of luck, Rahul, and we hope to see you soon as a coach for the Indian Test side.

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 7, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    I hope Mumbai retain Dwayne SMith especially with Sachin leaving they don't want to go throw hassle fo finding another 2 openers like previous years and Smith has looked better than ever this year first in IPL and now in CLT20 amazes me he doesn't get in the W.I 11 !

  • Nampally on October 7, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Rahane's quite dignity & humility outshone Sachin's chairing & celebrations! I think he deserved the MVP honour for carrying RR into the final & fighting all the way. Yet his gallant knock was a forgotten whilst Harbhajan became an instant hero! Harbhajan was being hammered all over the ground by Rahane & Samson for 3 Overs. The first ball of his 4th Over was smashed hard by Rahane but caught at the fence on its way to 6! Right guy at the right place. RR batsmen became suicidal thereafter- giving 2 more wkts. to Harbhajan's club level bowling. Not only that, Dravid joined the suicidal lot, as 8 wkts. fell for 32 runs. RR threw away an easily winnable match- from 137 for 2 in 14 overs to 169 all out. MI were 104 for 3 after 14 overs. RR were unlucky in last 6 overs twice-while bowling & while batting. It was dame luck that ran twice in MI's way that won the game for them. MI would not even have qualified, had RR let Otago win the match against them. Rightly, Luck beats Dravid Twice!

  • Nitish1305 on October 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Well, this must have been tough for dravid to watch the celebrations from the sidelines and not being part of it. While it must be realized that the fairy tale would have been possible for only one of the Indian stalwart; in the present context, Rahul deserved this trophy. The way RR played, after overcoming the spot fixing saga, showed their true fighting spirit, and more importantly, the attitude, which Rahul inculcated in the team, and I believe that Rahul deserved accolades for this and the trophy would have been the true way of giving him back, even if it would have been a drop in the ocean. Rahul has been the epitome and work ethic, and has inspired people across areas other than sports. He had showed that even if you don't have the talent, discipline and work ethic will take you to heights. I know these trophies don't mean big for you guys, having seen enough silverware in your career, but Sorry, Sachin, You have been a genius & great player, but rahul deserved this one more.

  • jimbond on October 7, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    Even in this lopsided contest, if the stars of the RR would have pulled their weight, they could have as well won. It would not be an exaggeration to say that today Watson (and Binny) failed with both bat and ball, and when Rahane and Samson had made their contributions, Hodge was sorely missed to take their work forward. The gamble with Perera did not pay off (I doubt whether he would be taken by any team in the next bidding), so also with Yagnik. When the Royals bowling was getting thrashed, Trivedi (who has been unfairly suspended for an year) was really missed. Overall it was hence not the difference in quality of teams, it was just that MI played better on the day.

  • on October 8, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @mayank papuja ur comment that rohit was mere puppet & sachin was doing allt eh shadow captaincy is a big joke. think u were day dreaming. V all admire sachin but give credit where its due.The sedate start he gave dug a big hole for mumbai to sink, had it not been for rohit, smith & co sachin would have been licking his wounds rather than cherishing the trophy.The fact is sachin is a superb batsman but a very poor & reluctant captain. That's d fact & so b i,nothing to be ashamed of it. So dont just sing 'husanas' without any reason.

  • on October 8, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Well this goliath beating david phrase is not apt. The bottom line is-' the better team on the park which held its nerve won the title'. Rohit sharma led the side from the front with all guns blazing & kept egging his troops to hang on when the opponents kept hitting at them, while dravid timidly accepted his limitations & held himself back. Stating RR lacked stars would b an insult to players like hodge,rahane, cooper, watson etc. Only thing is mumbai believed more than RR tht they could win, as kumble said post match-' credit should go 2 rohit the way he lead the side with example. give crdit where its due. Having said that, I have tremendous respect for RD as a gentlemen cricketer.

  • ChanderM on October 8, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    I interpret the article headline as SACHIN TENDULKAR, the Goliath beats RAHUL DRAVID (david with r added), the David. I believe the final T20 match for these two great Indian cricketers should not be celebrated as victory of one player over the other. India's performance in Olympic Games and other international sporting events has been dismal. It was performance of Tendulkar and Dravid that brought cheers to this fan of Indian sports. Performance in the Olympics by USA teams is easily that of a Goliath, while India would be regarded as David. However, in a 1932 Olympic Games hockey match India, the David beat USA, the Goliath by a score of 24 to 1. I doubt if this 23 goal margin will ever be broken in the Olympics where performance is measured in goals. I believe if victory of David over Goliath has to be celebrated, then India should take pride in this India-USA match. Ironically the Google search for blowout sports victories does not include this match.

  • Silverbails on October 7, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    Rahul Vs. SRT - Both legends, but for me there's only EVER been one true great here: Mr. Dravid. Although he came out second best on this occasion, he'll always be my champion player in the purest form of the game, which is Test Match cricket, where he CLEARLY is a giant compared with Tendulkar, in terms of match-winning performances for his TEAM. Sadly, SRT (especially overseas) hasn't performed anywhere near to the legendary Rahul Dravid. Here's to you, Rahul - we salute you and RR, on your final match, despite it being the MI night...

  • on October 7, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    I cannot think of many other men, perhaps Graeme Smith or Kumar Sangakkara, that could transform this broken RR team and turn them in to a solid team. With a distinct lack of star players, Rahul Dravid, along with Paddy Upton and the staff, did an incredible job turning this team around. Rahul Dravid, you are my cricketing hero and perhaps India's greatest ever batsmen. I don't even care that he lost, just to watch him on the field one last time was a privilege. We will sorely miss you! Maybe I'll indulge in the highlights from the 2001 Eden Gardens Test to bring back the glory days!

  • on October 7, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    I feel really sad for Dravid because he didn't get an IPL trophy and didn't get to hold the World Cup. Even though he wasn't part if the team he said the World Cup was his proudest moment as an Indian cricketer. I doubt the lack of limited overs trophies should bother him seeing as he was the best Test batsman of the past decade (yes, better than Tendulkar) but it is about time he got his due from the Indian public who have always preferred Tendulkar. We wish you the best of luck, Rahul, and we hope to see you soon as a coach for the Indian Test side.

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 7, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    I hope Mumbai retain Dwayne SMith especially with Sachin leaving they don't want to go throw hassle fo finding another 2 openers like previous years and Smith has looked better than ever this year first in IPL and now in CLT20 amazes me he doesn't get in the W.I 11 !

  • Nampally on October 7, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Rahane's quite dignity & humility outshone Sachin's chairing & celebrations! I think he deserved the MVP honour for carrying RR into the final & fighting all the way. Yet his gallant knock was a forgotten whilst Harbhajan became an instant hero! Harbhajan was being hammered all over the ground by Rahane & Samson for 3 Overs. The first ball of his 4th Over was smashed hard by Rahane but caught at the fence on its way to 6! Right guy at the right place. RR batsmen became suicidal thereafter- giving 2 more wkts. to Harbhajan's club level bowling. Not only that, Dravid joined the suicidal lot, as 8 wkts. fell for 32 runs. RR threw away an easily winnable match- from 137 for 2 in 14 overs to 169 all out. MI were 104 for 3 after 14 overs. RR were unlucky in last 6 overs twice-while bowling & while batting. It was dame luck that ran twice in MI's way that won the game for them. MI would not even have qualified, had RR let Otago win the match against them. Rightly, Luck beats Dravid Twice!

  • royals1986 on October 7, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is an inspiration, even his presence in the team can make a huge difference. A team with 10 international players posting a total of 200+ but still winning by 33 runs is itself a shame to the much hyped players in the team. I am a Mumbaikar and woulld have loved to see them on top with some spirited performance. On the contrary RR played like Spartans who knew it was difficult to face a team with big names, but fought till their last blood and all this because of one man RAHUL DRAVID. A win for RR would have been a fitting tribute to this man who have given selfless performance time and again and served this game as loyal as anyone.

  • on October 7, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    as usual poor Dravid fans can't digest the success of others and start bad mouthing. its only sheer frustration on their part

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Yes. The 'money power" won !

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Maybe RR didn't win the trophy but they have won everyone's heart even MI fans. You will be missed Rahul Dravid; but never forgotten. You along with Sachin left a mark on cricket which nobody can ever wipe. THANK YOU

  • on October 7, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Thanx a lot guys. You know I am from Rajasthan and a hardcore RR fans since it's inception. But this is the first time I am seeing so much of support and love for RR and I feel like I am the part of team and getting my morale up with your words. Since yesterday I was so low. The whole day at my work place too I was not talking to anybody as I was real sad that my team lost the match. I really wished that we could have won this for RD but...after reading your comments I am actually feeling very good that my team might have lost the match and millions of ruppes but have won a million hearts

  • on October 7, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Unfortunately the greatest batsman to don the India colours ends up second best again. The World Cup, The IPL and now this. The nearly man. But what a man. Inspired not just cricketers but people like me, sitting in a bank in far away Canada. THANKYOUDRAVID

  • on October 7, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    You mention Day Jacos & Levi...Missed Ricky Ponting...I think three Australian change the game...Maxwell by his hits...Hodge by missing the game and Johnson by not picking inthe team..

  • on October 7, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    @ badababa thats quite unfair on Sachin. I watched the game there in the stadium. And saw that it was Sachin who has been setting all the fields and making key decision out there. Rohit was a mere puppet. Rahul should have won, he deserved to win more than anyone yesterday. But dont say that Sachin once again got the credit for contributing nothing. There have been times in the past when he alone contributed and the team he had wasn't good enough to support him. The WC11 that India won, Sachin was the top scorer. WC 96 and WC 03, had others contribued as well as Sachin then India would have lifted all those WC's.

  • badababa on October 7, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    I am really disappointed. The man Rahul Dravid should get his due. But on the opposite Harbhajan got the credit . It was only sheer luck . The first delivery to Rahane was lolipop , and it was only good luck it handed to fielder . Cooper was also a gift . And Sachin one more time got the credit for what he contributed nothing . RD gave his soul to bring the best out of young unknown brigade .

  • CricketMaan on October 7, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    I wish PT gets some T20 contracts around the world. He did prove his mettle on totally unresponsive pitches as well! How about CPL, BigBash, BPL etc.

  • Pathiyal on October 7, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    I wished a win for RR esp. due to RD. not so happy about bhajji etc lifting the cup. the absence of brad hodge was depriving RR. unfortunately for watson, he couldnt hang on after a dream opening chase by the young samson and rahane. congrats to RD for making it to the finals and having a great tournament....entertaining the crowd, lifting up some 'surprise players' who delivered consistantly forthe team. rahane's winning the golden bat and tambe the golden wkt are great achievements. we would like to see the legend actively administrating the sports in the country. and congrats to sachin tendulkar....the send off for him couldnt have been better!

  • Rahul_78 on October 7, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Samson, Rahul Shukla and Tambe versus MSD, Raina, Pollard, Rohit and other big daddy's of T20 has been the highlight of this years CLT20. And my word what a fight it has been. Upton and Dravid should be congratulated to extract the performance of highest caliber from these boys. Not for these unknowns this CLT20 would have faded quickly from the memories. In true Bollywood style these boys come across as BAZIGAR. (Har kar bhi jitnewale..)

  • ShashidharHundi on October 7, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Big Salute to Rajasthan Royals young Brigade led by ever young in his thoughts, moves & behaviour Mr.Rahul Dravid. RR you really won all our hearts with such a splendid performance. Don't lose your heart. At times you still don't get the coveted throne in spite of doing or playing your best. No questions, Mumbai played very well but you showed what your young brigade can show on the ground. Who would have played Pravin Thambe at the age of 41 ? You showed the world that age is only the number. At the same time who would have asked to play 18 year kid Sanju Samson a lead role in their batting ? RR & Dravid did all this with his meticulous thinking adapting rare cricketing brain. Dravid we salute your contribution to Indian and World cricket. We really miss to see you on the field but for sure, there are enough other valuable performance you can give from the backdrop of the ground. Salute to you SIR.

  • on October 7, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Really sad that Rahul Dravid couldn't win this. But they lost to a team that splashed the cash to get the best players. Reminds me of Man City. Wells one Rahul, we'll miss you!2

  • on October 7, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    I can't say "End of an Era" for Sachin! He may turn around and say, that he alone will decide it is the end of an era or not!

    Anyway, congrats Sachin. The boundary you hit just before you got out was picture perfect. All three were good; but the third one is etched in my memory.

  • on October 7, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    End of an era. Farewell to a living legend; a gentleman cricketer: Rahul Dravid.

  • Simoc on October 7, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    This tournament is a waste if not that it is on free to air TV. We see out local Qld team hopelessy out of their depth against the IPL teams. I fancy the IPL being free to air and this tournament discarded or rebranded as the haves(IPL) vs the have nots.

  • on October 7, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    IN DEFENSE OF MUMBAI:

    It's interesting how conveniently the facts have been played with to make this article juicy. I could write another article about Chennai using the same parameters.

    1. CSK have the best T20 keeper-batsman in Dhoni. They broke the bank for him certainly, over 6 seasons. 2. Raina, not Rohit, has been the best batsman over 6 seasons of the IPL 3. CSK broke the bank to sign Jadeja, a player they thought was key to their efforts, like Mumbai did with Rohit. They've reached consecutive IPL finals since then. 4. Like Pollard was the toast of the town following CLT20 2009, so too was Flintoff after the 2009 ashes. Need I remind you of that controversy? 5. CSK too retained 4 marquee names in 2011. Even Rajasthan retained Watson, someone guaranteed to perform.

    I've got more but I've run out of space. I'm tired of Mumbai being scrutinized over the same things that Chennai is guilty of. I doubt these points would be brought up if CSK had won.

  • sandy_bangalore on October 7, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Harbhajans send off to Watson and especially, to Stuart Binny(who is just a journeyman Indian pro), was absolutely in bad taste. And we all thought that his time away from Indian team would make him a more humble man, respectful of the opponents, despite their stature. A few might commend this so-called aggression, but other than the delivery to Cooper, the rest were obtained when the batsmen tried slogging and gave away their wickets. All this shows why he has the least sympathy out of the quartet of Zak,sehwag and Gambhir, all who are out of the Indian team.

  • on October 7, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Rajasthan Royals won the heart with their conduct & performance.

  • Vishal_07 on October 7, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    All good with RR, but when you talk about team spirit you also have to mention the spot fixing which was a blemish on an otherwise great team!

  • Stuart_Watson on October 7, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    One might argue that to draw a conclusion like: "star players good, money ball bad" from the result of a single twenty over match - a format where the fortunes of the day always take on exaggerated significance - is not based on particularly sound reasoning. To say: "Rajasthan managed to reach the final despite spending far less money on star players than Mumbai" would be equally valid. I suspect that it's largely chance that we are not now reading reading a piece in this same slot arguing that careful and thrifty selection pays off more than big money signings. I'm not arguing that Mumbai didn't play better and deserve to win, but neither is it possible to successfully argue a thesis like this on the basis of this result.

  • arvindthiru on October 6, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Dravid, the leader will be sorely missed in the Indian Cricket Circuit forever. He taught everyone the willingness to fight and to make the most of whatever talent you have. Hail RSD !!

  • on October 6, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    The Goliaths beat the Dravids?

  • on October 6, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    The Goliaths beat the Dravids?

  • arvindthiru on October 6, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Dravid, the leader will be sorely missed in the Indian Cricket Circuit forever. He taught everyone the willingness to fight and to make the most of whatever talent you have. Hail RSD !!

  • Stuart_Watson on October 7, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    One might argue that to draw a conclusion like: "star players good, money ball bad" from the result of a single twenty over match - a format where the fortunes of the day always take on exaggerated significance - is not based on particularly sound reasoning. To say: "Rajasthan managed to reach the final despite spending far less money on star players than Mumbai" would be equally valid. I suspect that it's largely chance that we are not now reading reading a piece in this same slot arguing that careful and thrifty selection pays off more than big money signings. I'm not arguing that Mumbai didn't play better and deserve to win, but neither is it possible to successfully argue a thesis like this on the basis of this result.

  • Vishal_07 on October 7, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    All good with RR, but when you talk about team spirit you also have to mention the spot fixing which was a blemish on an otherwise great team!

  • on October 7, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Rajasthan Royals won the heart with their conduct & performance.

  • sandy_bangalore on October 7, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Harbhajans send off to Watson and especially, to Stuart Binny(who is just a journeyman Indian pro), was absolutely in bad taste. And we all thought that his time away from Indian team would make him a more humble man, respectful of the opponents, despite their stature. A few might commend this so-called aggression, but other than the delivery to Cooper, the rest were obtained when the batsmen tried slogging and gave away their wickets. All this shows why he has the least sympathy out of the quartet of Zak,sehwag and Gambhir, all who are out of the Indian team.

  • on October 7, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    IN DEFENSE OF MUMBAI:

    It's interesting how conveniently the facts have been played with to make this article juicy. I could write another article about Chennai using the same parameters.

    1. CSK have the best T20 keeper-batsman in Dhoni. They broke the bank for him certainly, over 6 seasons. 2. Raina, not Rohit, has been the best batsman over 6 seasons of the IPL 3. CSK broke the bank to sign Jadeja, a player they thought was key to their efforts, like Mumbai did with Rohit. They've reached consecutive IPL finals since then. 4. Like Pollard was the toast of the town following CLT20 2009, so too was Flintoff after the 2009 ashes. Need I remind you of that controversy? 5. CSK too retained 4 marquee names in 2011. Even Rajasthan retained Watson, someone guaranteed to perform.

    I've got more but I've run out of space. I'm tired of Mumbai being scrutinized over the same things that Chennai is guilty of. I doubt these points would be brought up if CSK had won.

  • Simoc on October 7, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    This tournament is a waste if not that it is on free to air TV. We see out local Qld team hopelessy out of their depth against the IPL teams. I fancy the IPL being free to air and this tournament discarded or rebranded as the haves(IPL) vs the have nots.

  • on October 7, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    End of an era. Farewell to a living legend; a gentleman cricketer: Rahul Dravid.

  • on October 7, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    I can't say "End of an Era" for Sachin! He may turn around and say, that he alone will decide it is the end of an era or not!

    Anyway, congrats Sachin. The boundary you hit just before you got out was picture perfect. All three were good; but the third one is etched in my memory.