Home > Features >

IPL 7: Highlights from the UAE-leg of the tournament

Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians' have struggled for form in IPL 2014 © IANS
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians’ have struggled for form in IPL 2014 © IANS

It was an entertaining first leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and there were many moments to remember. Abhijit Banare recaps the UAE leg of the IPL.

1. Shifting the tournament amidst controversies: Hosting the IPL in United Arab Emirates (UAE) was one big last-minute exam preparation for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The examiner in this case was Supreme Court (SC). From bearing the shock of two teams to be barred from playing to changes in the top brass of IPL, the board was running against time with the spot-fixing and betting controversies it had embroiled itself in to. With less than two weeks to prepare, the board finally managed to pull off the inauguration of its cash cow, now in the seventh edition. The last time election caused an issue to shift the IPL venue, someone at the top fell out of favour within the board and is biding his time in United Kingdom (UK).

2. Sharjah tales revised: It’s a bitter-sweet memory at Sharjah. On one hand, there are the elements which could have further tarnished the reputation of the tournament. More than a decade before, the apex court had ruled that Indian team would not play at Sharjah. While on the other hand, the desert storm from Sachin Tendulkar was still alive in people’s mind. But with time, Sharjah has changed. The tents may be intact but the interiors have been given a facelift. For a change, people have something to remember about Sharjah.

Fans at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium seemed to enjoy the buzz of the IPL in Abu Dhabi © IANS
Fans at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi enjoy the buzz of IPL 7 © IANS

3. Jam-packed crowds: Last moment shift in venue, but the IPL still managed to attract the people. With a large presence of Indians, most of the matches saw capacity crowd which turned out to be a big boost for the BCCI and the brand IPL.

Glenn Maxwell has been in top form in IPL 2014 © IANS
Glenn Maxwell has been in top form in IPL 2014 © IANS

4. Glenn Maxwell’s roaring form: When someone is in form, anything is possible in the world of cricket. The latest example: Glenn Maxwell. The only two set of people who sulk when Maxwell performs are the opposition teams and the Mumbai Indians (MI) camp. Termed as the million-dollar baby warming the bench in the MI camp, Maxwell has lit up this season with three consecutive match-winning performances and that was enough to give Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) an invincible feeling as they head to India with a clean sheet this season. Maxwell’s power-hitting has nothing to do with his strength, but pure timing. If he continues this way, there’s no doubt that KXIP will end on top of the table and Maxwell could be called as a T20 legend.

Gautam Gambhir looked out of sorts during the early part of teh tournament with three consecutive ducks against his name © IANS
Gautam Gambhir looked out of sorts during the early part of the tournament with three consecutive ducks against his name © IANS

5. Gautam Gambhir and the tale of three ducks: Cricket is a funny game they say. You score runs, you make news; you don’t score runs, you still make news; and you score ducks you make for good news and funnier jokes. Gambhir had walked in to the tournament with some solid performances, but the three consecutive ducks (two of them golden ducks) has dented Gambhir’s confidence. (Catch the detailed series on Ducks in Cricket here)

Chris Lynn’s splendid catch sent the media into a tizzy. Photo Courtesy: Official Twitter handle of Amul
Chris Lynn’s splendid catch sent the media into a tizzy. Photo Courtesy: Official Twitter handle of Amul

6. ‘Catches Lynn matches’: Expect Amul to always sum up issues in as few words as possible. Playing only in his second match of the IPL, Chris Lynn kept Australia’s reputation of taking stunning catches intact. To recap the moment, AB de Villiers pulled towards deep midwicket; Lynn slipped while trying to position himself for the catch, and even before he regained balance, he took the catch and fell behind landing inches inside the boundary. If you want a more dramatic version of this catch, click here.

7. Defending Champions gone flat: Five losses in a row — the worst start for any defending champion in the history of IPL. It was expected to be a power-packed team which will be the favourites to win the tournament. But nothing went in the way MI planned. The batsmen failed miserably and the bowlers hardly had anything to bowl to. Michael Hussey, Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma — the backbone of batting couldn’t make an impact. Pollard did show his strength in the last match yet that wasn’t enough for them to see them past the finish line. Ambati Rayudu was the highest scorer but not dominating enough to pull of victory single-handedly as Maxwell did.

8. Super Over farewell: It was the penultimate match of the UAE leg and in Ravi Shastri’s words, it was cracker of a game and the spectators got every penny’s worth. There have been many super overs in IPL but not as dramatic as this with many similarities. KKR needed 12 in the last over and so did RR, while playing the super over and both got 11 from it. Keeping aside the argument of how justified it is to determine a match on one over and worse, the number of boundaries scored, it was the perfect entertainment that IPL promises.

As the teams fly back and strategise on what went right, what didn’t and what lies ahead; it’s going to be another segment where the IPL comes back to where it belongs.  Hope to see the battle turning out to be intense for the a spot in the last four.

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs North Zone, semi-final at Mohali Day 4: Mahesh Rawat’s ton puts match beyond North’s reach

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 4: Pakistan eye victory after a successful day

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 1st Test Day 1 at Mirpur: Bangladesh grab upper hand at Stumps

World Cup 1992, England vs Pakistan: Three hours of rain changes course of tournament

David Warner’s transformation into a dependable and effervescent batsman

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: David Warner admits that Australia is not scared of big targets

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Younis Khan scores 26th ton to establish Pakistan record

Younis Khan scores 26th ton to establish Pakistan record

Younis Khan becomes seventh Pakistani cricketer to score two hundreds in a Test

Virat Kohli and others with 20 ODI hundreds

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Strangers, Brothers and Cricket— the English novelist CP Snow’s lasting passion for the game

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

Apple to merge Beats Music with iTunes next year as music sales fall 14 percent in 2014: WSJ

Shahid Kapoor’s Haider screened at Rome Film Festival!

Dhanush’s Vellai Illa Pattadhaari completes 100 days!

Dear IAF, every smartphone not just Xiaomi could be a security threat

Top Sex Positions: Frog Princess

How to make tamarind or imli packs for hair and skin

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here