Ratio of how often "obviously" figures in press conferences featuring Indian
players, against "of course".
May 4, 2009
Number of times we will be informed through the tournament that cricket is
the winner. The corresponding average figure in bilateral series: 19. For
India-Pakistan series: 24.
May 3, 2009
Number of times Lalit Modi will thank South Africa for hosting the IPL. Number of times he will congratulate himself, in public and privately, for moving the tournament: 7100.
May 2, 2009
Number of times Shilpa Shetty will drive herself into a tizzy in excitement.
Corresponding numbers for frenzy and apoplexy: 9 and 3.
May 1, 2009
Number of times through the tournament that we will be told Dirk Nannes is faster than he looks. Number of times that Mark Nicholas will be doing the telling: 28.
Apr 30, 2009
Number of times we will be told through the tournament that it is smart for a batsman to follow up a six with a single. Number of times we will be told this even after it's two sixes in a row: 12.
Apr 29, 2009
Number of times Robin Uthappa will tip his cap and bow after taking a catch,
to reveal yet another hideous haircut. Number of times
commentators will say "Take a bow, Uthappa" as he does: 6
Apr 28, 2009
The number of days into the IPL before everyone is heartily sick of
it. Number of days before everyone was heartily sick of the commentators: 2.
Apr 27, 2009
Number of times Sreesanth will insist all's well between him and Harbhajan
Singh despite Slapgate. Number of times people will believe him: 0.
Apr 26, 2009
The number of times in an over commentators will try to
slip sponsors' names into commentary. Number of viewers who are thereby persuaded to buy said sponsors' products: 0
Apr 25, 2009
Number of pats on the head Shane Warne doles out to Kamran Khan per game. Pats on the back: 12.2; hair ruffles: 6.3; cheek pinches: 2.1; chin chucks: 3.3
Apr 24, 2009
The number of times Munaf Patel will dive for the ball during the
tournament. Corresponding figure in Test cricket series: 0.
Apr 23, 2009
Number of times KP will moan about missing his wife during the IPL, even as
she's out shopping in Cape Town.
Apr 22, 2009
Longest stretch of Shah Rukh-free time, in minutes, available to viewers during IPL games. For Kolkata games: 0.7
Apr 21, 2009
Number of times "sped like a tracer bullet" has been used in commentary so far. At No. 2, with 18 instances, is "right areas"
Apr 20, 2009
Number of times, approximately, that Lalit Modi declared IPL 2009 open on day one in Cape Town.
Apr 19, 2009
The number of times Sachin Tendulkar does not run up to his bowler during an over to proffer advice. Also the number of times said bowler tells the great man to give it a rest.
Apr 18, 2009
The number of times Virender Sehwag's shots will be described as "audacious" during the tournament. The corresponding figure for "incredible" will be 42.
Apr 17, 2009