IPL Snippets: Ready for Sreesanth as captain?

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 22, 2010 14:47 hrs

Still hung on Poona
The Queen of the Arabian Sea will now become the Queen of Cricket in Kerala. With Kochi, now all four south Indian states are in the fray for IPL.

While people were asking who the bidders Rendezvous Sports were, Lalit Modi quickly gave their details on his Twitter account and gushed how Shashi Tharoor put the team together.

He also said a new ground would come up in Kochi (which already has the Nehru stadium with a capacity of 60,000 with stylish and sleek floodlights).

S Sreesanth has already gone on record saying he would like to play for Kochi. Wonder what would happen if he is made captain.

Funnily, Modi mentions the second city as Poona and not Pune. Wonder what certain groups will say to that.

Too much of a good thing?

So from IPL4, the number of matches will go up from 60 to 94 matches. Will that push the schedule beyond two months?

Modi has also talked of a second IPL overseas tournament with exhibition matches in places like North America and West Asia. There’s also the Championship League.

IPL is steadily emerging as the most dominant fixture of the cricket calendar. That's too much for an international cricketer with an already hectic schedule.

But it must be great for emerging and retired players who now can be employed with T20 for nearly the whole year.

More IPL snippets: If Sunil Gavaskar had played T20!

The Mongoose Strikes

M for Matthew. M for Mongoose. 93 runs. 43 balls. What is it about the Aussies and new ways to bat?

First Ricky Ponting used a graphite bat and went through a purple patch and then Adam Gilchrist used a squash ball in his gloves to bat better.

Now Hayden is using the Mongoose MMi3 Premium, which the makers claim gives ''15 per cent more bat speed and 20 per cent more power'' (as if he needed that in the first place).

This is done by making the handle longer and the blade shorter, making the batsman feel like he's holding a sledgehammer.

Dwayne Smith has also signed a contract with Mongoose. Wonder if any Indian batsman will hop on to the Mongoose. Dinesh Karthik and Tillekeratne Dilshan are two players who said it didn't work for them in the nets.

IPL Hat-trick = Death
In 2006, Irfan Pathan took a hat-trick off the first three balls of a Test match against Pakistan and India still lost by a whopping 341 runs.

Lasith Malinga took international cricket's only double hat-trick and still landed up on the losing side. In IPL, however, a hat-trick virtually assures victory. That's probably because there's so little time to recover.

Praveen Kumar took IPL's seventh hat-trick, six of which have resulted in victory. He also became the first hat-trick taker not to get the man of the match award, which instead went to Jacques Kallis.

Don't Celebrate Too Early
Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians won their first two matches and many people started calling them favourites.

But when there are 14 matches to play, that's really early days. MI lost the very next match, KKR the next two and DD the next three. So much for a good start!

Last year's finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers lost their opening matches and won the next three.

Only when every team play 5-6 matches will a clear pattern emerge on who are the favourites for the semi-final line-up. The increasing list of injuries is also upsetting predictions.

C for Controversy

If there's IPL, can controversy be far behind? While the first two versions had their fair share, IPL3 began with the Pak players' exclusion mess.

In Punjab, Kings XI had to apologise for including Bhagat Singh in an ad campaign. In Bangalore, a BBMP candidate offered free IPL tickets to woo voters.

In Kolkata, a minister called the VVIP box at Eden Gardens ''unsafe''.

In Mumbai, the Maharashtra Cricket Association is upset with the snub to Wankhede Stadium. Even BCCI chief Sharad Pawar wasn't present at the opening ceremony.

The Blimp Age
Hitler's regime used the Zeppelin airship's effectively till a disaster grounded them. Safer versions of the airship came about, called blimps and used for mainly advertising.

Now IPL enters the Blimp Age. An MRF blimp makes its debut at IPL4 as the number of ways the BCCI can make money just keeps increasing. Reports say that the Rs 15 crore deal will see the blimp at venues like Mumbai, Bangalore.