As we approach the first weekend of Pepsi IPL 2014 season, we talk about the performance of teams and their players so far. There were new jerseys and new venues but the atmosphere in the middle was the same old electric one. After the 4 days of IPL, each team has had a chance to perform in the middle and now they and their players can be analysed based on their show. So in this article, we look back at the best and worst performances of some of the players and also we put light on a long list of various other moments which caught everybody’s attention.
Players Who Rocked
Glenn Maxwell, the Perfectionist! : –
Easily the player of the week according to me, especially after his outstanding performance against the mighty Chennai Super Kings.The yellow brigade scored a mammoth 205 but Maxwell and David Miller made a mockery of that target as they chased down with 7 balls to spare. It was Maxwell’s day at the office as his every shot was turning out into a perfect one. Reverse sweeps to switch hits- he used every orthodox shots flawlessly, helping his team to a great victory. Preity Zinta really enjoyed herself a lot and why shouldn’t she?
Sunil Narine, the Spin Wizard! : –
The way he bowls in KKR jersey, you can expect him to be in this list every week. His 4 wickets against the defending champions
completely overshadowed the same no. of wickets taken by Slinga Malinga in the 1st innings. His 3rd delivery, in that game, was an absolute gem of a delivery as he castled Michael Hussey, who had no clue of that ball. He also took the wickets of Rayudu, Anderson and Harbhajan to signal a warning to all the teams this season. He is and will always remain the potent weapon of KKR.
When Expectations go Begging
Gautam Gambhir: –
Every KKR fan had just one word on their mouth before this season started- “Gambhir will give his best and find a place in Team India’s squad yet again.” But it doesn’t seem that the expectations will be fulfilled, particularly after the two innings we have seen of the KKR captain. He hasn’t yet opened his account in this edition after facing 12 balls, 8 in the 1st match and 4 in the 2nd, but the fans will hope for a better show in the upcoming matches.
Michael Hussey: –
Well he had a torrid time in Abu Dhabi against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Mr. Cricket looked good when he flicked the first ball for a couple of runs. But the 12 deliveries after that were really uncomfortable for him as he was dismissed off the 13th delivery after managing only 3 runs. He was castled when a Sunil Narine delivery skidded and baffled him.
Corey Anderson: –
Much was expected from him before the season began but the start was not good for him as he under performed both with the bat and the bowl in the 1st match, against KKR. Firstly he gave away 33 runs in his 3 overs and then he scored just 2 off 8 deliveries. He was beaten twice in succession by Piyush Chawla, attempting to slog over the midwicket region. The 3rd time he was castled by Narine.
“Warm” Welcome: –
Pollard had struck form after scoring a century in West Indies and was all set for a good show for the Mumbai Indians. At the other end was Morne Morkel who was bowling furiously. Morkel welcomed Pollard in a harsh manner as he broke his watch in the very first delivery. The 2nd one was also a ripper as Pollard somehow was able to defend.
2nd time lucky: –
KKR were missing their regular keeper in the form of Manvinder Singh Bisla. So in the 1st match it was Robin Uthappa who wore the keeping gloves.
His irregularity of wicket keeping was shown when he failed to pick a turning delivery from Narine, missing an easy stumping chance and in turn conceding 4 runs as byes. But Robin didn’t miss the 2nd time as Rayudu was puzzled by Narine’s turn and after inflicting the stumping, Uthappa had no limit of celebrating.
Revival of 1998: –
Nowadays many are comparing Virat Kohli to Sachin Tendulkar. So I was greatly looking forward to his batting in Sharjah. His batting really took us back to the days of 1998 when little Sachin Tendulkar came down the track and hit the fastest of the bowlers for a maximum. Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh both bludgeoned the Delhi bowling for sixes which helped RCB to chase down the target convincingly.
From Hero to Zero: –
Ashish Nehra signaled his comeback after performing the way he usually does. Against Kings XI Punjab he bowled the 1st over brilliantly giving away just 3 runs. Then Cheteshwar Pujara and Virender Sehwag carted him for four boundaries in one over before the latter was castled off the last delivery.
Then at a crucial moment of the match he dropped a simple catch of Glenn Maxwell, who took the game away from CSK scoring 95 runs. Nehra’s hands were outstretched and it seemed as if he tried his best to drop that catch and also the match.
Camera View: –
This season, the umpires are provided with a camera on their hat which provides us with the umpire’s view. During the battle of Sunrisers and Rajasthan, Billy Bowden gave an excellent decision when Dale Steyn shouted for an LBW appeal against Abhishek Nayar. The view of the Billy’s twisted finger from the camera was awesome to watch.
Richardson Everywhere: –
I was watching the replays of the fall of wickets of Sunrisers, against the Rajasthan Royals, when I found out that a guy with a good looking beard was involved in every wicket. That guy was Richardson who took 3 catches and also scalped 2 wickets, out of the 6 wickets fallen. Just unbelievable, isn’t it?
Catch Miss and Taken: –
Cricket is truly called a game of co-incidence. In the match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chahal and Maddinson dropped catches of Hussey and Tare. After few moments, the two fielders had the last laugh as they finally held on to their catches of the same two batsmen!
So much action has taken place within just 4 days of IPL and we all await more such to happen as the league goes on. This is it for the 1st week as I will be back with another edition of this series, the next week. Until then just be where you are and enjoy the greatest sporting entertainment!