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5 Times Our Heart Was In Our Mouth During IPL 6

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Action cinema and T20 cricket have many similarities, the most important being the fact that good ones in both do not give you breathing space. You have your heart in your mouth for most of the time as they happen. And though IPL 6 will always be seen from eyes full of doubt, there were moments when we all enjoyed the cricket on the ground. Here are the best 5 of them. 

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1. Gurkeerat Singh Flies: Did you see who was given the best catch of the tournament. The little unknown lad from Punjab, Gurkeerat Singh, took something most of us and even most cricketers would find hard dreaming. The batsman (Ross Taylor) had played one of his favourite shots and must  have added 6 to his tally but our man had better ideas. The celebrations after the catch were as good as the catch itself.

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2. Sanju Samson, the pocket sized dynamite: Rajasthan Royals have a habit of finding stars for IPL. If it was Swapnil Asnodkar once, it was 18-year-old Sanju Samson this time and if you listen to your heart this lad looks like having a longer shelf life than Asnodkar did. His innings against Royal Challengers Bangalore and the shots hit had to make you sit up and take notice. Rahul Dravid speaking highly of him was no-coincidence and if you thought the one innings against Bangalore was one off, the one’s after that broke the notion.

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3. Chris Gayle and his molestation of Pune Warriors: When Chris Gayle gets going the opposition do not stand a chance but when he molests a team, what do you do, that too a team with Allan Donald as bowling coach. Allan Donald admitted the assault left his bowlers ‘scared’. His 30-odd ball hundred and 66-ball 175 left an impression in the cricketing fraternities mind that no total is a good total in this format, provided you have in your ranks, someone who can tame any warrior.

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4. The Gambhir-Kohli Spat: How many occasions would two players from the same city fight with each other in front of the entire ground. Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli did not leave any mother-sister untouched when they took over each other in one of the games between their respective sides. Some event in a tournament which rewards fair play. As they say From among all the mysteries surrounding the Indian Premier League emerges one ever-lasting truth – you can take a Delhi guy to Kolkata or Bangalore, out can’t get Dilli of the said guy. 

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5. Pollard and his All-Round Abilities and Capabilities: We went about charming Shane Watson with all awards we had on Valuable quotient. We forgot though that we had someone called Keiron Pollard in the tournament who could bat like a monster, bowl like a miser, field like a agile leopard and in need sledge someone like Watson out of the match and even out of the dug-out. His catches will be known for more than just one season, his fielding would become education for the next of wannabees, his bowling in need was as awesome as anything and in need his batting was just one word, fabulously devastating (correction two words). Remember the final, it was he who actually made sure Mumbai had a total that was better than average. Sans he and Mumbai would have struggled against a menacing side like Chennai.

 

 

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Tales of a Random Nomad in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad

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Find out how our anonymous writer compares the three cities on different criteria and comes up with conclusion most of us will agree with.  

1. Chennai is like your wife, you might love it, but it has to love you back – Chennai as a palimpsest of cultures, art, heritage and civilization takes time to love. Hyderabad and Bangalore are instant loves, you loved the city, it loves you, grows on you and accepts you. Chennai takes time; Chennai is like the filter coffee, it takes time for the hot water to juxtapose the coffee beans, even more the time to boil the milk, mix the concoction and drink. Once Chennai starts loving you, you take a deep interest in it. Chennai has to be understood, it has to be read, it has to be seen.

2. Chennai basks in Anonymity – Chennai, for me, as a city had this anonymity, I could just anywhere – be it temples, museums, snake parks, literary fests, hotels, concerts – and the city would let me enjoy my company. In Hyderabad, it was very difficult to bask in anonymity since it needs company. I would cherish the countless hours in the Irani Cafe, lazing around with friends, taking about the universe, existence and everything under the sun and even over it. The same is true for Bangalore, at Koshy’s, at pubs at MG road (although, I don’t know, how my experiences would have shaped, if I had company in Chennai).

3) Art as a moniker for fun – An aspect Chennai taught me was to delve in art forms, for instance, when I was in Hyderabad or Bangalore, I would never pay for art. Chennai instilled this concept of paying for art; so, whenever I go to a Ravindra Bharathi or a Ranga Shankara now, I readily pay for it. Art in Chennai has worked as a personal catharsis for me. At Hyderabad, you had a performance, concert or theatre a week, whereas in Chennai, you had close to 50 to 75 entertainment options in which you could submerge yourself. Chennai though has to be appreciated for a more intelligent audience.

4) Pubs and Mabbs – I have enjoyed drunken revelries in all the three cities. But none compare to the SMEs of Hyderabad (small pubs which we loving called SMEs considering the prices) as a 60 ml of rum did cost us Rs. 38. Nevertheless, the TASMAC experiences in Chennai were fun, I bring back stories, conversations and random quirks with strangers

5) Fanaticism as a metaphor for ‘I’m the best’ – I had strange experiences in Chennai for its fanaticism, for instance, I never faced any problem with Hyderabad and Bangalore when it came to voicing my opinion. I could not voice out views, where Chennai was costlier than Hyderabad or Bangalore (they’d retort immediately, Chennai is a better city). I could not support Australia when Australia and West Indies were playing, because a majority of the locals in that bar, hated Australia. I also had issues, when conversing on politics, where fanaticism takes an entire new pedigree. Try this quick test – Go tell a Chennai fanatic that you support Mumbai Indians or DC over CSK. This is just one of those days.

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6) Structure and Transportation- What makes Hyderabad, a lovely, city is the structure. The city is small, beautiful, takes a hub-spoke model, however 15 km radius is the city for most of us. Bangalore also has a small structure, a beautiful city, the traffic jams makes the city look big (Here, i’d want a disclaimer, I have never stayed beyond the city limits, my thoughts might not reflect this point, in its entirety). Chennai, I felt was huge, it was a city, that needed time to move from one point to another. I loved the public transportation in Chennai, which I personally feel, Hyderabad and Bangalore lack. 

7) Cosmopolitan and friendliness – I found Hyderabad to be much more friendly and cosmopolitan than Bangalore and Chennai. In Hyderabad, it does not matter, Muslim, Telugu, Gujarati, Tamilian, Marwari, you become a Hyderabadi. This though is not the case with either Bangalore or Chennai. Hyderabad has this grand identity since inception, Bangalore got cosmopolitan mostly due to the influx of the IT crowd. I haven’t figured this out in Chennai, as being a Tamilian; it was easy for me to gel with folks.

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8) Food – I have a confession, as much as I love the Hyderabadi Biryani’s, Pragati Dosas, Govind Dosas, Dhabas, steady influx of North Indian food, Shawarmas, I also started loving Chennai food, especially the sweets. An interesting aspect in Chennai is the democratization of food. For instance, I can get a Madurai Idly, Kanchipural Idli, Chettinad cuisine whereas in Hyderabad I haven’t noticed Guntur and Amalapuram cuisines. My food experiences in Bangalore were relegated to Darshini’s only.

9) Weather – Sorry, I had to do this :p

Mumbai Indians And The Problem Of Resources Vs Resourcefulness

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Mumbai Indians have a great team but a very poor resource utilization strategy. Venugopal Rajagopalan writes about that and more in this insightful piece.

Resourcefulness is optimal utilization of resources of a resource. From a corporate perspective, it is not cash that fuels the journey to the future, but the emotional and intellectual energy of every employee.

“A firm can sit atop mountains of cash and command legions of talented people, and still lose its preeminent position. Likewise, a firm can sometimes overcome enormous resource handicaps and successfully scale the heights of industry leadership” – Gary Hamel & C.K.Prahlad

Quoting another excerpt from the book Competing for the future – “Too often companies are judged in terms of resources rather than resourcefulness. Resourcefulness stems not from an elegantly structured strategic architecture, but from a deeply felt sense of purpose, a broadly shared dream, a truly seductive view of tomorrow’s opportunity.”

Now, relating this to Mumbai Indians’ case in the IPL, you can draw the same parallels. They have some of the biggest names in the business in the form of both players  and support staff. The likes of Sachin, Ponting, Pollard, Rayudu, Johnson, Oram, Harbhajan, Rohit Sharma etc prove that talent is there in abundance. In the coaching and support staff, we have people like John Wright, Anil Kumble, Robin Singh and even Mike Horn as a motivational speaker.

However, the point here is, you might have the best of resources and money power; however it’s of no use if you do not know how to utilize them. That’s what one can make of the performance of the Mumbai Indians team in all editions of the IPL. What’s the point in having spent so much to buy and retain a player of the pedigree of Kieron Pollard, if he gets to only face an average of 5-10 balls a match? In yesterday’s game against RCB at Bengaluru, he faced only 2 balls and that too at a stage where he hardly had any time to play himself in. You can’t possibly expect a man to come in to bat and hit an imaginary 30 runs in 5 balls and win you a match even he is Sir Vivian Richards.

MI has faltered in the area of strategy since the time IPL started. They lost the finals of the 2010 edition to CSK because of the very reason of not giving enough balls for Kieron Pollard to face and chase down the total. Their team management has not learnt from their mistakes in the previous editions at all. Any cricketing pundit would bat Pollard at #4 if not higher to give your match winner and best T20 player maximum time at the crease. It is not rocket science to understand that just giving him solitary 5-10 balls to face every innings is a waste for a player of his caliber.

Just imagine if Chris Gayle was asked to bat at number 6 by the RCB. Would RCB be the same force? The answer is a clear cut NO! T20 is a different ball game all together and the needs are different from the batsmen. However mouth watering the sight of seeing Sachin and Ponting opening the batting might be, the fact is that both are well past their prime. Either one of them, (ideally Ponting) should be batting at 3 or Rohit Sharma should be opening the batting for their batting order to be more effective. Pollard should be batting no lower than #4 or #5 to be effective in this format. Ideally, he should be coming in to bat not later than the 12th over of the innings to have maximum impact on the outcome of the match. If he fails to deliver or if there is a top order collapse, the Ambati Rayudus and the Dinesh Karthiks can surely resurrect the innings and get MI to a respectable total.

Will MI learn from yet another mistake or not, only time will tell, however it would be interesting to see if any other team would use this failed strategy to their advantage. Having said that, full marks to Vinay Kumar for bowling the perfect Yorker on that last delivery to Pollard under extreme pressure in that final over.

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