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Saturday, April 19, 2014

5 Things to Watch out for this IPL!!

The election fever is already in its peaks with AK-47s guarding polling booths and AK-49s contesting!! A thousand miles west of this, in the desert region of Dubai and Abu Dhabi , the Indian Premier League (IPL) has kicked off! 47 days of cricket fever has begun. There are few things to watch out for this season. Six of them are below.

1. IPL under Sunil Gavaskar
With the IPL under strong scrutiny after the unfortunate spot fixing and betting disasters last year and with the Supreme court ordering Sunil Gavaskar to head IPL, it is quite interesting to see what this cricketing legend has in store this time to keep things in order. That too, the IPL is this time going on in the United Arab Emirates, the hub of fixers. With the fixing event of 2000 not washed off memories, players and officials have to be careful.

2. Sehwag and Yuvraj
These two excellent players were part of the 2003 ICC ODI world cup team which reached the finals, winning team of 2007 T20 and 2011 ODI world cups. Now, they are running a bad phase especially with Viru not able to perform well in the local events and Yuvi spoiling India's winning chances in the T20 world cup recently! All hopes that these two do well! After all 14 crore Indian rupees is a lot!!

3. Player's Hairstyle
From Dale Steyn to Ajinkhya Rahane, from James Faulkner to Stuart Binny, most of the players have sported a stupid hairstyle, the one M S Dhoni started in the last year's Champions League. While it might look good for few cricketers, if every one follows this style, it looks like an army going for march past

4. Archana Vijaya and Shibani Dandekar
Last year we missed the superb anchors of IPL-5, Archana Vijaya and Shibani Dandekar. Some other two did the anchoring. Karishma Kotak I guess! May be they were fashionable enough, I do not know, but definitely they were not good anchors. Also, the song has changed from the hilarious jumping japaang. However, the new song, C'mon Bulawa Aaya Hai is not bad either. Collars up guys!

5. Cheer Leaders
IPL is in the Arab countries!! What about cheer leaders?? They are dancing with clothes fully on! Bell bottom pants, full hand shirts, they look like yesteryear Telugu hero N.T.Rama Rao trying to dance, in old telugu movies. Thank God they were not asked to dance with Bhurkas! If my guess is not wrong, the cheer leaders will be waiting for that day more than audience when IPL returns to India so they can dance with lighter weight on them!!

I am expecting a cloud burst this May 16 when many things happen in India! As far as IPL is concerned, it is still cricket we have to be interested in and players should be careful to keep that cricketing spirit alive!