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April 18, 2013

An IPL All-Star weekend

Kshitij Mohta


MS Dhoni shakes hands with Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, final, Chennai, May 27, 2012
The IPL All-Star weekend would give the best players of the tournament a chance to showcase their skills. A win-win for sponsors, fans and the tournament © AFP
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Have you ever imagined having an IPL all-star game? This could be done on the weekend before the knockouts begin, on the lines of the NBA all-star game concept. Saturday could feature individual competitions between the best batsmen, bowlers and fielders. Sunday could be a full T20 game between the best 22 players in the regular season.

First up on Saturday, a six-hitting competition between the eight or ten batsmen who have hit the longest sixes in the tournament so far. The likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Shane Watson could face an over each, either from a bowling machine or a bowler of their choice from their own IPL team. (Why would a bowler agree!) Another variation could be an initial round with 10 batsmen and then a second round with the top four. The batman who hits the longest six wins.

For the top ten bowlers, the long forgotten bowl-out could be the best competition. The bowl-out was used in the 2007 World T20 to break a tie between India and Pakistan in the league stage. The challenge here could be to hit the stumps the most number of times in a single over, with the top four qualifying to a penalty shoot-out style final. To make it more exciting, just one stump could be used instead of three. Sunil Narine would have to decide which of his variations to trust; Lasith Malinga would probably stick to the Yorker.

Finally, for the fielders, I fondly remember a TV show named 'Cricket with the K' on Indian television around 15 years ago. There was a drill in which fielders would try to get the maximum number of direct hits in a fixed amount of time while running around and picking up balls from different spots on the ground. The competition could feature one fielder from each IPL team - a few Australians would surely feature on that list.

Come Sunday, you could have the best 22 players in the IPL going head-to-head. Finding a basis to split the teams would be difficult, since there really isn't any clear-cut regional split. The important part would be selecting the best 22 players and 2 best captains to lead those teams. Some of the IPL sides already look like World XIs; these two teams would be the best of the best.

As a fan, I would definitely look forward to such a weekend. It could be a win-win on all fronts - new challenges for the players, strong ratings for sponsors, innovation for the game and fresh excitement for fans.

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Posted by   on (April 23, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

awesome idea dej! :)..........\\\\\

Posted by murraymckechnie on (April 21, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

I agree with ramab that you should add the distances together for sixes hit and for bowling I think you should keep all 3 stumps but make hitting the middle stump be worth double.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

dont copy from nba,,, think something original...

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

I'd much rather see an Irani style encounter. Last year's would have been KKR vs. ROI (with the four firang constraint still in effect).

Posted by grizzle on (April 19, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Just what we need...more hit-and-giggle.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Wonderful idea. Hopefully, this will catch the eyes of BCCI.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

Living in the US, this idea has been a no brainer for me since the first IPL. The IPL All Star game should be played as India XI vs Overseas XI. Just like the All Star games of sports in North America, I think it would be great if a new location was selected each year. The IPL could even do a celebrity game to add to the festivities. Having a new location would give the IPL a chance to get to a new venue each year and bring revenue to a new region as well. A win-win for the IPL and all Indian cricket fans.

As for the comments I have seen about the cheerleaders, I think ever IPL team should learn something from the Pune Warriors dancers. They look the best, dont dress vulgar, and try to keep things Indian. The world is watching the cricket. But lets not forget that this is the Indian Premier League. We need to be proud of our unique culture and stop catering to the western influences!

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

please make this happen.... create a petition..outstanding idea.. make this happen guys!!!!

Posted by ghtvnath on (April 19, 2013, 1:53 GMT)

what would do more crowd is a match between best of Indian vs Best of Rest of the world. Indian crows will love that.

Posted by Nampally on (April 19, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

I would much rather see a game between All Stars India Vs. All Stars Foreign players from IPL 6. Just all stars competition in bowling, batting & fielding does not make any sense when machines or objects are their opposition. We already have too many machines taking over the human functions in this computer age.

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