Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rain rain go away; IPL players wanna play

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

This is probably the nursery rhyme that all the players and the fans of Indian Premiere League are rhyming at the moment. Almost a half a week after the tournament began the weather god hasn't showered his blessings on the tournament and rain has played a spoilt sport in most of the matches. It seems to be raining everywhere in South Africa be it in Durban or Cape Town.

Out of the eight matched played so far two have been reduced encounters with the result being decided by the ever debated Duckworth Lewis method. Ironically both the times Kings XI Punjab have turned out to be the victims once at the hands of Delhi Daredevils and than Kolkata Knight Riders. Another match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians had to be abandoned due to rain.

Many cricket experts are raising doubts over the shifting of the venue to South Africa after the IPL Governing body and the Indian Government could not come to an agreement on the security for the tournament in wake of the General elctions. Many are asking the question whether England would have been a better venue but the weather man would say the situation is the same even in UK.

The rainfall has become a major headache for Lalit Modi and his team as it doesn't only mean no play it also mean loss of ad revenue. The fact that the ad revenue is already low as compared to the first season of the league made Modi and his men come up with the idea of Strategy Breaks which has already met with sharp criticism from the teams and former players.

IPL Season 2 has already been hit by low TRP ratings which may be a result to the low scoring matches compared to last year. The batsmen are unable to play the slam bang cricket as the green top in South Africa is no comparison to the dusty flat beds in the sub continent. Also the fact that the matches are being played at the end of the season in SA the pitches have become a lot slower and not conducive to stroke play.

All this has become a huge worry for Lalit Modi and his team. They will be praying to the rain gods to shower some blessings on them or else IPL Season 2 might just prove to be a disaster.

Also Read...
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Lalit Modi has no right to blame the Govt.


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