IPL might have gotten over, but fans are not willing to let go of the entertainment. And even if the tournament’s live streaming on Youtube was a dead ringer, snapshots of the best moments on the website are a huge draw.
It’s a big catch
IPL is all about batsmen smacking the ball around. But the highest number of hits on any IPL related videos on the Youtube this season has been a catch by Mumbai Indians’ David Hussey taken against Delhi Daredevils. Cummulatively, videos of this stunner have received more than 4 lakh hits, with one having 169,432 views. “It’s a stunning catch, I see it again and again,” says DU student Sayan Chatterjee. “I’m a Delhi fan, but that was jaw dropping,” says his friend Amit Goel. Catches by AB De Villiers, Doug Bollinger and Sourav Ganguly are also among the favourites.
Dada still rules
Not only did he take great catches, Kolkata Knightriders’ Sourav Ganguly did what he is best at — dispatching the bowl to the boundary. Among the Best Batting videos, Dada’s onslaught against Deccan Chargers, where he hit five huge sixes, have nearly 2 lakhs hits on Youtube. Closely followed are Robin Uthappa’s 6-sixes whirlwind innings against champions, Chennai.
Ticket to wicket
When it comes to bowling videos, Praveen Kumar’s hattrick wicket taking scores the highest with about one lakh hits. “You don’t get to see a hattirck everyday, so this one has a great repeat value,” points out software professional Souvik Das.
It’s not just the on-field onslaught, promotional videos like the IPL 2010 War of Spartans version are also popular. “Live streaming of the matches was not good, but these videos are entertaining,” says cricket enthusiast Mitali Choudhury. “It’s a cool reference point also as IPL is still a hot topic,” adds MBA student Ritwik Sen.