Category: Indian Premier League


Substance trumps style in the IPL

After nearly 30 matches in the IPL, one thing is clear. The flashy teams have largely failed to fire, while those with grit have got the results.

CAPTION | Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Cameron White celebrates with Amit Mishra (left) after his hat-trick against Pune Warriors. (Image | The Hindu)

Warm glow | Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Cameron White celebrates with Amit Mishra (left) after the latter’s third IPL hat-trick against Pune Warriors. (Image | The Hindu)

Surprise package of the tournament so far are the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Their name and orange uniform aside, they are one of the most dour sides in the competition. However, at this stage, the Sunrisers lie in second.

The Sunrisers have only scored more than 130 in an innings once across seven matches. Yet they have not needed to. What the Sunrisers lack in big-hitting batsmen they make up for with strong team efforts in the field.

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A beginner’s guide to the IPL

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a strange beast, writes Alex Braae. Some consider it to be the ultimate showcase of cricketing talent, others see it as a glorified exercise in marketing and hype.

Favourites | Chennai Super Kings comprehensively defeated Kings XI Punjab in the last round. (Image | Sports Keeda)

Favourites | Chennai Super Kings comprehensively defeated Kings XI Punjab in a recent match, and are heavily fancied. (Image | Sports Keeda)

Bearing in mind that both points of view may be right, who and what should you watch out for at IPL 6?

The competition, while billed as a level playing field, has a few favourites expected to contest the finals, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) being one such team.

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End of an era | Kevin Pietersen has retired from one day international cricket, including T20 matches. (Image | Talksport)

By Sam Tomkinson.

Kevin Pietersen, arguably England’s most destructive player, has decided to retire from ODI (One Day International) cricket. It comes as no surprise that Pietersen has decided to call time on a diminishing 50 over career; however, thanks to the England and Wales Cricket Board’s selection policy, Pietersen’s decision also amounts to an effective retirement from T20 cricket – which is astounding.

The 31-year-old is the leading T20 batsman in world cricket, who lit up the IPL with a fantastic century. Pietersen was also inspirational in England’s T20 win in the Caribbean. With only four months to go until the next T20 tournament, his decision to retire seems all the more surprising; even though Pietersen has said he would like to continue playing T20 internationals, the ECB have shown no intention as yet of changing their policies.. This begs the question: who will replace him?

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