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KKR – lessons learnt

Indian Premier League ended last week with Deccan Chargers being the worthy winner this year. Things turned out well for the Chargers this time but not so for the much hyped Kolkata Knight Riders. They were bogged with controversy right before the tournament started and later had a serious pain in the neck in the form of fake IPL blogger. Having said that there is always hope of bouncing back in cricket and especially in T20. Infact in IPL in both the seasons the winner was an underdog or previous year’s worst performer – which happens to be Kolkata this year. May be an analysis of the previous two editions of IPL may help formulate a better team and an effective strategy for the next year. Here it goes:
  • Get a strong captain and a coach both Australians as was done by Rajasthan Royals (Shane Warne/ Shane Warne) in 2008 and Deccan Chargers (Adam Gilchrist / Darren Lehmann) in 2009. Retaining John Buchanan may prove out to be a wise option and if availability of Ricky Ponting is certain then I guess he can be the best available choice to lead the team.
  • Get a good left arm fast/medium fast bowler who can go out there and take wickets (read purple cap) as was done by Sohail Tanvir and R.P Singh.
  • Change the team kit and introduce heavy purple color in it – it worked for Deccan this year

IPL 2009 vs IPL 2008

Finally the second edition of the Indian Premier League kicked off this week in South Africa. But the second season has so far proved to be some what different from its debut season. Here is what I have observed so far:

  • A domestic tournament in a foreign land with no objection from the participating teams.
  • Rain affected matches (3 out of 7 so far) – Kings XI Punjab has suffered the most due to the weather.
  • Tactical time out – an official ad break during the match.
  • No Pakistani players even after the tournament was shifted to South Africa.
  • Four of the teams (Deccan Chargers, Kolkata Knightriders, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore) being led by non-Indian cricketers as compared to only a single team last year.
  • Lalit Modi is now seen as a marketing guru.
  • Team Kits are now full of advertisments
    • Chennai Super Kings – Coromandel King, Aircel, Coromandel Infotech, Reebok, Peter England, Nivea For Men, 7Up, Sonata, Cloud 9, Big Bazaar
    • Deccan Chargers – Deccan Chronicle, Odyssey, Puma, Kingfisher, McDowell’s, Big 92.7FM, Wrigley’s Orbit
    • Delhi Daredevils – Hero Honda, Kingfisher Airlines, Royal Challenge, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Fever 104FM, Wrigley’s Orbit
    • Kolkata Knight Riders – Nokia, Star Plus, Sprite, Reebok, TagHeuer, Belmonte, Gitanjali, Wrigley’s Orbit, BILT, Planet M
    • Kings XI Punjab – Emirates, Gulf Oil India, 7up, Netlinkblue, Reebok, Spring Box International, Royal Challenge, Dabur Glucose-D, Wrigley’s Orbit, Typhoo
    • Mumbai Indians – MasterCard, Royal Stag, Kingfisher, Pepsi, Adidas
    • Rajasthan Royals – Kingfisher, Boost, Puma
    • Royal Challengers Bangalore – Royal Challenge, Reebok

Feel free to add to this list.