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Investment does not ensure wins
Amrit Mathur, Hindustan Times
May 04, 2013
First Published: 02:57 IST(4/5/2013)
Last Updated: 02:59 IST(4/5/2013)

Cricket is uncertain and T20 a bigger lottery where anything can happen, a match decided by an inside edge or a fumble at fine leg. Many last-ball finishes and two Super Overs this season confirm that the T20 league is impossible to predict.

Teams are aware that this format is more democratic. This game disrespects reputations, dismantles established stars and, at the same time, allows a commoner to become king.

No guarantees
One loud message is that money can't buy success and generous investment in teams and players does not guarantee positive results. This season, heavyweight teams have struggled while unfancied ones have had a better run.

A month back, few would have imagined that KKR (last year's champions) would be gasping for breath and Delhi (league toppers last year) losing six on the trot.
Both are well-managed teams who have put in serious effort and resources.

Equally, not many gave a realistic chance to Rajasthan Royals and the Sunrisers who, at least on paper, had no marquee names.
There is growing awareness too that no player is worth millions of dollars and fat salaries are unworkable from a business perspective.

The writer is a Delhi Daredevils official


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Team MP MW ML MT NR NRR Pts
CSK 16 11 5 0 0 +0.530 22
MI 16 11 5 0 0 +0.441 22
RR 16 10 6 0 0 +0.322 20
SRH 16 10 6 0 0 +0.003 20
RCB 16 9 7 0 0 +0.457 18
K XI P 16 8 8 0 0 +0.226 16
KKR 16 6 10 0 0 -0.095 12
PW 16 4 12 0 0 -1.006 8
DD 16 3 13 0 0 -0.848 6
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