The one-man army: Chris Henry Gayle. What a man. His presence was imposing and struck fear into the hearts of everyone in the opposition, and his wicket was the most celebrated. Much like his countryman, Vivian Richards (except for the swagger and chewing gum, perhaps). It's fair to say that without Gayle, RCB would have been further deep in the doldrums, given the poor form of everybody else.
The marketeer's delight: While the IPL seemed to get off to a damp start, things picked up pace, and during the last few league games, almost every game was a thriller. My personal favourite was when Albie Morkel decimated Virat Kohli and pulled off a stunning win for CSK when they needed 43 off 12. There were other victories too... And many of them just added to the whole carnival.
The encouraging sight: The IPL, of T20 at large, has always been thought of as a batsman’s playground. This IPL changed that - the bowler had an equal part to play. KKR won the tournament on their bowling strength. The mesmerizing spin of player of the tournament, Sunil Narine, was a sight to behold. And on the other hand, Dale Steyn underlined why he is the best fast bowler in the world with some devastating spells - none better than his spell against the RCB which included the wicket of Gayle - bowled all ends up. It looks like bowlers are learning to adjust in this format, and it's good to see. The game needs the balance.