After a month and a half of thrills and spills, the Indian Premier League was concluded on Sunday. Curtains were drawn on a concept that probably has changed the face of cricket forever and the much-anticipated competition was full of moments that has left us spellbound.
CNN-IBN picked the 20 moments that defined the cash-rich league. And to discuss the enthralling moments, the special panel included former India pacer Javagal Srinath, CNN-IBN’s editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai, former India cricketer Anjum Chopra, senior journalist Anil Dharkar and a man who lived it through all, co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab, Ness Wadia.
These were the top 20 moments that probably defined the IPL and would be remembered for time to come.
Number 20: Gautam Gambhir
A man who got India off to brilliant starts in the company of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, who enhanced his reputation. The belligerent southpaw displayed why he is considered one of India’s most exciting new talents as his willow did produce some daredevilry.
Number 19: Golden oldies
They say T20 is a game for the old but there were some golden oldies who made the stage their own. They say T20 is a game for the old but there were some golden oldies who made the stage their own. The likes of Shaun Pollock, Sanath Jayasuriya, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist showed why age should not be a concern.
However, Javagal Srinath though impressed with the veterans still believed that the young blood dominated the IPL T20 tournament.
“Age should not matter but it all depends on the kind of cricket, you play. Shaun Pollock was a great success, Sanath Jayasuriya found his bearings a bit late in the tournament and McGrath was as good as ever. All the golden oldies stuck to their jobs though some of them like Dravid struggled and even Tendulkar was not at his best. Experience did have a role to play but the fresh legs made all the difference in the tournament,” stated Srinath.
Number 18: Hat-tricks strike thrice
And there were the bowlers who were supposed to provide cannon fodder for the batsmen but there were three of them who picked up hat-tricks to disband that theory. Makhaya Ntini, Lakshmipathy Balaji and Amit Mishra took three in three in a format that is known to be ruthless for the bowlers
Number 17: Cheerleaders
When it came to the cheerleaders the opinion was split through the middle. Some said that they would add to the glamour of the T20 format while others believed this would take away from the game.