In IPL4 a lot of franchisees let go of their star players. How would they play when they came up against their old franchisees? Revenge seems to be the name of the game with most of the dumped players landing up on the winning side.
Pune Warriors captain Yuvraj Singh thumped his old team Kings XI by seven wickets and with a whopping 41 balls to spare. Yuvi also took the honours of hitting the winning boundary. Must have been sweet revenge!
While Adam Gilchrist was in the losing side in that match, the tables were turned when he met his ex- in Deccan Chargers. DC was thrashed by 8 wickets. Gilchrist also complained to the media that someone was badmouthing him from his old franchise.
That's sad because Gilchrist actually led his team to victory in the second edition of IPL. In a tournament of superstars all around it is difficult for everyone to win all the time.
It was also funny to see Gilchrist and Amit Mishra exchanging unnecessary words during the same match.
In fact Royal Challengers Bangalore in the current season is not seeing most of the local boys in action: Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Robin Uthappa. Even Jacques Kallis was let go. While Kallis has scored three back to back half centuries for Kolkata, RCB has become the first team to lose their third match in a row!
What will Vijay Mallya do now? RCB is also in the lower half of IPL teams for all seasons losing more matches than they have won.
Delhi Daredevils and Virender Sehwag looked to be totally at sea in the first two matches thanks to a brand new team and they lost. Luckily, they have got their act together in their third match, winning with Pune Warriors.
It will be interesting to see how the enfant terrible of IPL4 Paul Valthaty will play against his ex-team Rajasthan Royals.
Hell hath no fury than a scorned IPL player?
Dada's fall from grace
In Test cricket, Sourav Ganguly replaced Navjot Singh Sidhu for the opener's slot. For captaincy, he edged out the duo of Mohammed Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar. Now there were reports of him being a replacement for Steven (who?) Smith for Kochi Tuskers. Whether he plays or not, it's a fall from grace for the great player.
From going neck and neck with Sachin Tendulkar in the ODI century race, he found himself out of the ODI team. From being the greatest Test captain to facing an early retirement, Dada has seen it all.
Dada is the first and only player to score 1000 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders and still finds himself out of the team!
How old is old in IPL?
Shane Warne is 41 and still relishing his captaincy and bowling with Rajasthan Royals. He retired from international cricket 4 years back, but IPL seems to be a different ball game altogether. The game is sure to see many more 40-year-olds as the seasons progress.
Even new stars that have made a bang in this season aren't exactly young. Valthaty is 27 and Bharat Chipli is 28 offering hope for domestic cricketers from all over India that any age is possible to become a star in the IPL.
Ganguly at 38 must be feeling young and thinking he can play many more IPLs if given the chance.
Lanka Honeymoon ending?
India and Sri Lanka have been playing so many cricket matches together that you simply can't imagine a season without the two sides.
So it comes as a surprise that the Sri Lankan players will be called back mid-way through the tour. They will practice for the upcoming England tour. Err... but wasn't that tour decided well in advance and didn't the Lankan board give their go ahead for the full IPL schedule much earlier?
This sudden change of heart must have irked all the Lankan players. While they have no choice but to keep quiet, retired great Mutiah Muralitharan lashed out at the board for the move.
This is not the first time the Lankan board has shot itself in the foot. They hurriedly sent their players to Pakistan a few years back when India pulled out. The result was the shocking attack on the Lankan team bus.
Let's face it, it's not just about the money. Most international players actually enjoy playing in the IPL and look forward to a refreshing difference from regular international cricket!
The author is a Bangalore-based journalist. He blogs at http://sunilrajguru.com/