Thursday, May 21, 2009

Knight Riders end on a winning note

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

Comparing cricket and politics is like comparing between cucumber salad and mutton curry in a menu. But with the change of political guard in West Bengal there seems to have been a change of fortune for the team from City of Joy at the IPL. The Kolkata Knight Riders finally stuck form although the tournament was over for them long ago.

It is very interesting how cities ride on their own luck. Kolkata for quite sometime has been in news always for the wrong reasons. India's once most flourishing city had been turned into a political cowshed over the years. As people cheered a change in political guard which took almost three decades to come the Men in Black and Gold brought in some unexpected cheers from South Africa too.

Their back to back wins to end the tournament brought in some smile for their fans who had almost stopped following the tournament after their team went through a humiliating nine consecutive losses. Although their win could not do them any good in the tournament it might save some players and support staff from facing the axe ahead of the next season.

Looking back at their performance Kolkata could have had a couple more wins had they not lost their nerves. The team was so short of self confidence that they gave away two matches to Bangalore Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers Hyderabad after occupying the driver's seat. It was expected the Knight Riders would dent somebody's fate in the tournament and it was the defending champions Rajasthan Royals. Their dream of second consecutive IPL trophy got halted by KKR's last minute sparkle.

There are rumours of Shahrukh planning to sell the team and also a major overhaul is on the cards. Perhaps some changes are necessary to prepare a better team for the next year's tournament. KKR who did not have a very impressive performance even in the first season will definitely require some changes in their fragile middle order. It is no surprise that the teams which have good number 3, 4 and 5 are doing well in the tournament.

All is not over for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and they can bounce back in the next season. Perhaps they should take cue from the Bangalore Royal Challengers and the Deccan Chargers Hyderabad who after a dismal show last year came back strongly this year. After all a hundred thousand fans will cheer for them at Eden Gardens in the next season humming Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re....


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