Tarot reader Shruti Chopra looks into her cards to give CricketCountry.com readers insights into what lies ahead in the IPL matches. Starting today, she will write at length about each IPL match, the rival captains, key players on both sides and the likely trend of the match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Bangalore starts their campaign in this competition on Saturday. The King of Swords – it represents strong planning and great pep talk - is not supported well by the other cards, hence there is a danger that they may end up over-thinking their game plan and may just forget to implement them. The Devil card suggests that they made end up looking overconfident, which can be dangerous against upbeat Delhi, who have won their opening game.
It will be very important for RCB’s Daniel Vettori to be a more enforcing captain, which he may not be able to do, since the Eight of Cups suggests he may lose his enthusiasm during the match. For Bangalore to do well, it will be crucial for Vettori to fight off this negativity and keep himself in the game. His heart will have to be in it.
Virat Kohli will definitely feel the pressure to perform. He's probably had some sleepless nights too, but if he can get himself out of this mindset, then he will definitely be the one who could provide a change around for the team. The Six of Cups guides that he can help himself if he feeds of his recent successes, which would help him take off.
Vinay Kumar may not have the best start, but will stabilise towards the end of his bowling spell.
Zaheer Khan should provide stability in the bowling attack and may even be miserly in conceding runs.
Chris Gayle will need to shift gear according to what the team needs. He will be able to adapt but yet will show glimpses of theFool card – the one who just takes his risks and plays his natural game.
Delhi's recent win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has given them a huge leap of confidence. They have fed off their success, which has made them mentally stronger. They have worked on the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition and are well prepared to fight. Delhi's weakness is that they may just end up fighting too hard; they will need to direct their aggression better as guided by the Strength card – It's not always about physical power, but also about how well you use your mental strength to direct your game.
There will be some strong partnerships and individual successes for the Daredevils to be proud of. A lot of it would be due to the support given from the entire team and its management. The team effort will be quite obvious.
Virender Sehwag will, at times, follow the decided plans, but then won't. There is a method to his thinking, but as the Seven of Cups hints, it would be important that he doesn't get too confused with all that would go on in his mind. The cards advise that if he sticks to what has been pre-decided then it would be more beneficial for him and the team.
Irfan Pathan will definitely work hard to make the best of his opportunities by bringing the previous game's form through with him.
Umesh Yadav will start well and would have worked on a separate bowling plan, but may not be consistent towards the end of his bowling spell.
Aaron Finch would be like Chris Gayle; he would need to play freely if he is to reap rewards. He'll need to be the Fool for his team and play without any inhibitions when required and slow down when needed.
Morne Morkel will be another player that will have great energy and a good start. He will need to stick to his line and length towards the end of his spell.
What lies ahead?
Is Bangalore expecting rains on Saturday? The cards indicate some delay.
It won't be such an easy match, but I would go with Delhi Daredevils, since they should do the basics well - and that's what should see them through.
(London-born Shruti Chopra was introduced to cricket by her two older brothers. She spent some of her childhood time inDelhi and became an Indian cricket fan. She has remained an unflinching and passionate Indian cricket fan even after moving back to London, setting 3.00 am alarms to watch India play Test matches. It was during the 2011 World Cup that she brought together her passion for cricket with her profession of Tarot Reading, looking at the cards in the hope of spotting an India win coming through - which it did! You can know more about Shruti via Facebook, Twitter and her website)