With IPL 2014 coming to an end, if I were to pick 11 moments that this IPL will be remembered for, it’ll be these moments for me.
11. Tambe hat-trick
For Pravin Tambe, the young man, picking up a hat-trick in three balls is too mainstream; 2 balls is just enough. Dravid found this treasure for RR the previous season, but he didn’t fail to impress us even this year. He might not be the best catcher/ground fielder (obviously, at 42), but when it comes to controlling the middle overs, he’s second to none. That hat-trick against KKR and his child-like celebrations will be cherished by everyone, irrespective of whether they supported RR this season
10. Lynn Baba ki Karbonn Kamaal
I won’t be surprised if Chris Lynn is referred to as Lynn Baba in parts of West Bengal, after that spectacular catch to dismiss AB de. That catch in itself was magnificent, let alone considering the fact that it was cupped in such a crucial juncture of the game. That catch and hence the loss started a mini-downfall of sorts of Mallya’s Men in Red.
9. Future is sealed
If you are an Indian selector or an ardent Indian cricket fan, you’d be happy looking at more than one match winning performances each by Karun Nair, Manish Pandey, Mana Vohra, Sandeep Sharma, Akshar Patel and the likes. KXIP has been the RR of IPL 2014, creating stars out of youngsters, who would have warmed the benches had they been a part of say CSK or MI (Baba Aparijith being a good example).
8. Yusuf and Anderson show
It’s okay failing the entire season if you are capable of creating that match-winning knock when it matters most, like Yusuf and Anderson did. Both their knocks were so impossible, to the extent that people believe the matches were fixed. Like my friend remarked, such knocks make you pity the bowler in the game, wanting you to consider playing the game with plastic bats and iron balls to make it an equal contest.
7. Ashwin and Dave’s “Solli Adi”
Liked the part that Ashwin challenged Maxwell about bowling over the wicket and getting his wicket and all. Happy that he actually took Maxwell’s wicket, but what followed was unnecessary (the kiss). Sometimes feel Ashwin needs to grow up.
But absolutely loved David Hussey’s tweet before the Eliminator against MI. He won the match for CSK too, that day. Typical Aussie attitude in display.
6. Max assault
Before the start of this season, KXIP weren’t known for chasing 200+ targets, that too against the likes of CSK. The Max assault in the very first match set the tone for the Kings in Red.
With a bit of help from Ashish Nehra, Maxwell announced his entry to IPL 2014 in style, and carried on, at least for the first leg of the long league. The second leg, we all know, was dominated by not Idli, not Dosa, but Uthappa. #SelfThoo
5. Captain Hot and fuming
I was alive when Dhoni got pissed.
4. Thoppi thoppi
I was alive when a retired Dravid got pissed. What all could go wrong, went wrong for RR in the last 4 games as they were knocked out from top 4 after almost cementing their place.
Got to feel bad for the great man!
However loved Gayle’s tweet as soon as the match ended. “Oops, he did it again”, referring to James Faulkner.
3. It’s just a game after all
All the Ashwins, Pollards and the Starcs should look at these legends and learn how to play the game. In true spirit.
2. Cometh the hour, cometh the man
Dedication towards CSK and the game was on display when Raina took on the Kings XI bowlers and made them all look like Ashish Nehras. 87 off 25 in an eliminator, and he didn’t slog even a single ball. Woah! Just take a bow, Suresh Raina. India needs you.
1. The Nawab of Najafgarh made it large
Just like Sehwag and his son, all of us knew that that one big innings was always round the corner. What better time than to bring it against a quality opponent (barring Nehra) in an eliminator! Always a treat to watch, is Virender Sehwag. Love the way he goes about his game, win or lose. Always with a smile.