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Thursday, March 24, 2022

IPL 2022 - Cricket Extravaganza - set to begin !


In the Tennis ball Cricket tournament conducted by SYMA recently – not many players were inclined to run, too many attempts at reverse hits/switch hits .. .. and when the ball was hit high with fielder getting under, there was no attempt to cross over !!  .. .. that is a new changed rule, irrespective of whether the batters have crossed or not at the point of a catch being taken, the incoming batter will be on strike, except if the dismissal is on the last ball of an over.

The biggest extravaganza IPL 2022 is set to begin .. .. and this season, each  team will  have two unsuccessful reviews per innings, as opposed to one earlier, and the rule for the new batter taking strike after a caught dismissal has also changed.  This is getting bigger – ten teams :  Chennai Superkings (CSK); Mumbai Indians (MI); Kolkatta Knight Riders (KKR); Delhi Capitals (DC); Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB); Rajasthan Royals (RR); Punjan Kings (PBKS); Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) + two new franchisees, Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans .. .  there would be  70 league games played  for 58 days from March 26 to May 22, before the playoffs, for which the venues and the schedule have not been announced yet. The final will be played on May 29, 2022.

At - 7.30pm IST  on Saturday, 26th March 2022,  defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at  Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to kick-off the 15th season of the IPL. There are to be a total of 12 double-headers this season - the first game will start at 3.30pm IST, and 2nd game  at 7.30pm.

Cricket is always entertaining – it evolves with changes.  When Test Cricket was at its peak, came limited Overs Internationals and this century saw the advent of T20s .. . and professional leagues. 

Remember reading with interest of the first World Cup – Prudential World Cup 1975.  India fared very badly – and Captain S Venkatraghavan would feel let down by the attitude of some players.   In June 1975, the inaugural tournament was sponsored by Prudential Assurance Company, had eight participating countries: the six Test-playing teams of the time – Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, the West Indies and the two leading Associate nations at the time Sri Lanka and East Africa. The teams were divided into two groups of four, with each team playing each other in their group once; the top two from each group qualified for the semi-finals, with the winners of these matches meeting in the final. Each match consisted of 60 overs per team and was played in traditional white clothing and with red balls; all were played and ended in daylight.  England, New Zealand, Australia and West Indies qualified for semis.  

After tournaments in 1979, 1983 & 1987 – the 1992 World Cup was the first to feature coloured player clothing, white cricket balls and black sightscreens with a number of matches being played under floodlights.  The 1992 World Cup was also the first to be held in the Southern Hemisphere. It was also the first World Cup to include South Africa, and was held after 5 years.  There was major change in the format too – there were nine Nations playing each other in round robin format.  Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa and England qualified for the semis. 

The 2022 IPL will see the 10 teams split into two groups of five each for the league stage. In the new format, each team will  play 14 league games.  Each team will play the other teams in the same group and one more from the other group twice and the remaining teams in the other group once.  To minimise the exposure to the risks of Covid-19 while traveling across India, this time the IPL will be played across four venues in and around Mumbai and Pune. The four grounds to be used are the Wankhede Stadium and Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai and the MCA Stadium in Pune.  So – there is no concept of home or away .. .. though MI would enjoy playing matches at their own ground !!

IPL guarantees entertainment – though me too is a great CSK fan, would see matches enjoying the fun, and not unduly bothering on the result of each individual game.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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