Fortunately this time out is not sponsored by anyone. So we don’t have to talk about DLF Maximums and Citi moments of horseshit and what not.
SApel has reached its half way point. Most teams have played their first round of group matches and I thought it would be a good time to check back on how the teams and players were fairing at the same time last year.
Team 2009 2008 Final Standing in 2008
Delhi 1 4 4
Deccan 2 7 8
Chennai 3 3 3
Rajastan 4 2 1
Bangalore 5 8 7
Kings XI 6 1 2
Mumbai 7 6 5
Kolkata 8 5 6
The two IPLs have been played in completely contrasting conditions and still there are teams that have been extremely consistent. Chennai are the standouts and they seem almost certain of a semi final birth.
Deccan, Bangalore and Delhi have been the most improved sides this year and its reflected in the standings as well.
What it also shows is that a good start is very important. Teams are unlikely to stage dramatic comebacks to end up in the top 4. I’m not that into IPL cricket betting but I’d probably put the house I don’t own yet on Deccan, Delhi and Chennai making the semis.The momentum is with them. And they are winning consistently.
The 4th spot is an interesting one.
The 4th ranked and 7th ranked are only separated by 2 points. For teams like Rajastan, Mumbai, Kings XI and Bangalore this means they are still in business.
We are at IPLs equivalent of being on the last turn before the home stretch.
Last year Rajastan powered their way to 6 wins out of their last 7.
Punjab managed 5 out of 7.
Delhi and Chennai managed 3 each.
If Bangalore, Mumbai of the Kings Xi can repeat the Royals performance last year they are in with a big shout to make the cut.
So far the IPLs been a dreary old affair. I wasn’t its biggest fan last year resulting in me boycotting the whole thing. This year I thought I’d give it a chance. And sorry Lalit you still haven’t convinced me otherwise.
Sure its been fun watching some of the Sri Lankans, specially Slinga, ‘throw’ it down and watching the Wild Beast Dirty Dirk scare the bejesus out of most players- For some reason he reminds me of a Lumberjack. A wild young thang who can chop down a pine tree with his bare hands- but I still don’t know who to support. Its like watching Luton vs Nottingham Forrest, unless you are from either town you don’t really care too much about the match.
Sometimes I’m only watching it to see the Cheerleaders and I tune in late in the day to see who was crowned Miss Bollywood for the day.
The stands, as we predicted, have been pretty empty on the weekdays.
Lets hope the 2nd half of the tournament can throw up a few surprises. I mean who doesn’t want to see Kolkata ShitKnight Riders making a come back and the fake IPL player revealing himself to be none other than Sourav himself at the post match conference after the Finals.
If I were to make a sporting bet, I’d say Mumbai will be in the top 4 by the end. But its anyones game right now.
Except the Knight Riders.
Chennai ended runners up last year, not 3rd.
Q> I meant the standings before the semi-finals, after the all the group matches.