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IPL: The 'hangover' Part 4
Hindustan Times
May 29, 2011
First Published: 01:04 IST(29/5/2011)
Last Updated: 03:09 IST(29/5/2011)
Everyone knows Chris Gayle can be destructive, but perhaps he has never been as devastating as this. He has finished matches off in just one over, plundering as many as 37 runs off it. And that's not just one-off instance, the easy going West Indian did something spectacular almost every time he came out to bat.

Pirate of the Caribbean RCB hit Gayle-jackpot in time
His feet don't move, and he packed his bags to earn his living after West Indies dumped him. Chris Gayle went unsold in the auction and came in as an injury substitute for a bowler. He has left bowlers crushed and even tricked batsmen with spin while they were thinking he was a speedster from the Caribbean. The IPL organisers apparently stole a cap from the Pirates of the Caribbean sets to give to the black bandana man!

Slingshot signs off as highest wicket-taker
Apparently, Malinga's hand was plastered and fixed to weights before the IPL, to make sure they don't rise above shoulder height! And the golden locks are to lure his prey. The Sri Lankan instructed Gayle not to take too many wickets because he has already shipped home his custom-made leading bowler's hat!

The Who Economics with Rahul Sharma
Harbhajan Singh is damn annoyed with a Jalandhar coach for producing another spin bowler from his hometown!
And Ravichandran Ashwin has told Rahul Sharma he can't jump the queue and push to the front for Indian selection.
And batsmen, so used to spinners like Muralitharan get all animated on their delivery stride, are often foxed by the man with no expression.

Field of dreams Pollard fails with bat
Kieron Pollard's batting this season would make compatriot Courtney Walsh, a notoriously bad batsman and the Test record-holder for most ducks, cringe. While he may not have hit many sixes, he turned potential sixes into wickets plucking the ball off the air with his Jordanesque leap at the boundary ropes.

Home run CSK unbeatable in Chennai
Every team that visited the MA Chidambaram stadium to face the Chennai Super Kings soon reported a case of yellow fever. CSK weren't just dominant in front of their army of yellow, they were unbeatable. Also, being the only team with male cheerleaders worked like a charm. Men shaking pom-poms will at least keep people from blogging about after-parties.

Hollywood ending Bye Bye Warnie
Shane Warne's impact on the tournament was felt more on Twitter than on the field, but the old master still had a trick or two up his sleeve — just ask Rohit Sharma. Warne also gets a thumbs up for bringing a true eye candy amid a sea of Mandira Bedi wannabes. Thanks for getting Elizabeth Hurley and livening up our IPL 'viewing' experience.

Dadagiri: The finale Ganguly's googly
Years ago, in an advert for a telecom major, Sourav Ganguly, then attempting a comeback, had said "Apne Dada ki baat nahin sunege aap?" It seems the bowlers of the IPL teams were in the mood to listen. The mere presence of Ganguly on the cricket field prompted one fan to run past the security cordon and touch the great man's feet. He won that day, hitting a match-winning 32, but little went well after that. While the will was there, the skill seemed to be long gone.

Knightmare over Or is it?
KKR had been the laughing stock since the inception of IPL four years ago. This season, however, the joke has been on their rivals. No in-fighting, no 'fake' insiders, no multiple-captain theory, and somehow, most pivotally, no John Buchanan. But all the hard work was undone in the end. The Gautam Gambhir saga again reiterated the one undeniable truth of the IPL — with KKR around, controversy can't be far behind.

Show me the money
The not so intelligent choices

If the owners of the ten IPL teams ever put their wealth together they'd have the equivalent of the GDP of many countries. With so much cash lying around, wasting a few million hardly seems anything they'll lose sleep over. But $2.1 million for Robin Uthappa? Seriously? It's obvious the owners of the Pune Warriors wanted to give him some 'Sahara', but they went too far..

The Who-II Valthaty catches eye!
Paul on song. No, we're not talking about the Beatle. Valthaty showed when in rhythm — he can entertain the masses like Macca, and he can do it alone. No need for John, George or Ringo. The 27-year-old journeyman's century against CSK, and a host of good knocks after that, ensured his name won't be forgotten soon. For someone who was once told he would have trouble seeing properly after a serious eye injury in his U-19 days, Valthaty showed how to play a blinder. 

It was IPL's "prince and the showman" and owners' night out —Shah Rukh Khan and co. taking on  Vijay Mallya's team on a rain-hit night in Bangalore. The big boys too can have fun off and on. Let's see what the next season has in store for us.


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