IPL 2016: Most memorable moments, Part I

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been one of most successful T20 tournaments across the globe, producing nine champions in its editions so far. The tournament may have been unpredictable, but one thing is guaranteed for sure every season. It gives us plenty of memorable moments to cherish, that take place during its course. Abhishek Kumar lists out the 10 most memorable moments form IPL 9 in the part II of the two-part series.

1.  Ben Cutting’s exceptional save

It was a brilliant effort by the Australian all rounder at the deep mid-wicket in the 14th over of the first innings of the match. It was not very well timed by Aaron Finch to bowler Barinder Sran’s delivery but it had the distance to clear the ropes. Cutting at the boundary line, leapt and stretched to catch the ball in the air but was beyond the ropes, while he caught it. He showed great presence of mind and skills as he threw the ball inside and saved five runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Probably, that was the best fielding moment of the tournament.

2.  Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu almost got into an on-field fight

It was one of the ugly moments of the tournament but thanks to Harbhajan Singh who controlled the heat of the moment and did not let it further extend. Though it was among the ugliest moments of the tournament but it will still be remembered as memorable moment because of Harbhajan’s presence of mind as he did not take things far and calmed down his teammate Ambati Rayudu. Both the players almost charged at each other and Harbhajan being the senior player handled the situation but Rayudu was in no mood for peace and angrily walked away.

3.  Dwayne Bravo’s friendly push to Kieron Pollard

It was the 54th game of IPL 2016, played between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Gujarat Lions (GL) but it looked more off a contest between two brothers’ teams from the same nation. It’s a known fact that West Indies’ cricketers have a habit of making the game interesting with their unusual behaviour, especially when it’s an IPL match. It was a friendly gesture between these two players, when Bravo ran towards pollard after his follow through and gave a little push to Pollard. It was nothing serious but Bravo got fined for that and both the cricketers clarified on Twitter as well that there was nothing to be fined.

 

4.  Apple CEO Tim Cook in IPL:

It was an historical moment for the fans of Kanpur as for the first time, an IPL match was being played at this venue and to add more joy, Apple CEO Tim Cook was invited there. He was watching the game alongside IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla and Bollywood actors Sanjay Dutt. It was very hot but nothing stopped the top honcho from coming there and Cook called it an incredible experience of his life.

5.  Gautam Gambhir’s Test match field setting for MS Dhoni:

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It was not the first time when Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir had set that kind of field for MS Dhoni. He has been doing that since last one year and this type of field setting is usually seen during Tests. It was surely one of the most memorable moments of the tournament.

6.  When Bravo and Dhoni almost collided

Bravo and Dhoni are known to be very good friends and both used to represent the same team for a long time in IPL till last year. This year, both the players were in different sides and there was a moment when Bravo showed his friendly gesture to his old friend which looked like something is heating up but nothing came out of it.

7.  Bruce Oxenford’s armguard: 

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It was probably one of the most iconic moments of the tournament when umpire Bruce Oxenford entered the field with an armguard shield in order to protect his left hand from getting hit. Fans on social media started making funny memes and GIFs on his armguard and compared it with Hollywood superhero Captain America’s shield. Oxenford kept doing that for every match whenever he walked in for umpiring.

8.  Mustafizur Rahman’s brilliant Yorker to Andre Russell

Mustafizur was excellent with his bowling throughout the tournament for SRH.  During the match between SRH and KKR, he bowled another gem of a delivery by dismissing big hitter Andre Russell with his unplayable yorker. Russell tried his best to block it but could not and slipped on the pitch. It reminded fans of Waqar Younis’ yorker to Brian Lara.

9.  Baby cries

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It was a heart breaking moment for all Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fans when their loss in final looked imminent. It was their third final in IPL history which they lost as their search for the title continued. This was their best chance to win the tournament as they had an excellent start by skipper Virat Kohli and opener Chris Gayle while chasing a big total of 209 against SRH. But in between, wickets started falling and eventually they lost the match. Sachin Baby, part of RCB team was at the crease at that time could not control his emotions and tears started coming from his eyes. Not only him, few other RCB players in the dugout also almost cried.

10.  When David Warner helped Chris Gayle off the ground:

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Warner and Gayle are both aggressive left hand batters and always perform well in IPL. It was the grand finale of IPL 2016 and if Gayle is there, then there has to be entertainment. It was the fifth ball of the second over of the match, bowled by Gayle but he failed to grab a return catch from Shikhar Dhawan and fell on the ground and probably hurt his fingers as well. Warner at the non-striker end reacted very maturely and helped him off the ground and made the final look more memorable than intense.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhishekkr2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)

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The ninth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) concluded on Sunday with a thrilling final between winners Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and runners up Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The final battle for the title, which went down to the wire and kept the viewers hooked till the end, was befitting to the seven-week tournament. Though it has ended, it left the fans with some unforgettable moments. Till it returns next year with the tenth instalment, enjoy the most memorable moments form IPL 9 in the part I of two-part series.

1.  Yuvraj Singh touching Sachin Tendulkar’s feet

Image courtesy: Twitter
Image courtesy: Twitter

That Yuvraj Singh is a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar is no secret. The elegant southpaw, who considers the Master Blaster as his idol and guide, has in the past made his affection for the legend public by praising him and even touching his feet. He did it again in the ninth season of IPL when his side Sunrisers Huderabad (SRH) beat Tendulkar-mentored Mumbai Indians (MI) by 85 runs. Yuvraj starred in the match with the bat and later after the match he touched Tendulkar’s feet. This made for a moment worth cherishing.

2.  MS Dhoni’s match-winning last over

For the first time, Dhoni played in the IPL in a colour other than yellow. Also for the first time, his side did not qualify for the playoffs. Interestingly, it came down to the last match against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to decide who would take the wooden spoon and Dhoni certainly did not want to take it. Chasing KXIP’s 173, Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) were never in contention but their skipper’s unbeaten 32-ball 64 sealed it for them. The highlight of his innings was the final over of the match, where needing 23 runs, Dhoni struck three sixes and a four. On the last ball of the match, RPS required six for victory and the captain did the honours.

3.  Virat Kohli, Mandeep Singh and Chris Gayle doing ‘Bhangra’

You cannot keep the Punjabis away from dancing. When RCB were going great guns during the league phase, the Punjabis in their side Mandeep Singh and skipper Virat Kohli broke into an impromptu ‘bhangra’ on one occasion. To make it merrier, they got the Jamaican giant Chris Gayle involved too. How can you miss this moment, which is easily one of the most memorable ones from IPL 9?

4.  Yuzvendra Chahal injuring AB de Villiers unintentionally

Image courtesy: Yuzvendra Chahal (Twitter)
Image courtesy: Yuzvendra Chahal (Twitter)

Title favourites RCB were in a spot of bother during the qualifier 1, when they had lost 6 for 68 chasing 159. ‘Superman’ AB de Villiers was in the middle and he only left the field after finishing the game for his side. But not before getting injured, as during a frenzied celebration, leggie Yuzvendra Chahal hurt de Villiers on his chin as he jumped on to him to hug. ABD’s helmet went flying and he later turned up at the post-match presentation with a bruised chin.

5)  Dog interrupting Rising Pune Supergiants – Delhi Daredevils match

During the RPS – Delhi Daredevils (DD) match, man’s loyal friend dog made an entry to the field of play and refused to leave. Even as Nathan Coulter-Nile tried to catch it with a towel, the four-legged animal gave him a slip and kept on enjoying his share of limelight. Eventually, the dog left the field on its own. It turned out to be a lucky charm for RPS as they got a rare win in an otherwise disappointing tournament.

6)  Chennai Super Kings reunion

Photo courtesy: Twitter
Photo courtesy: Twitter

One of the disappointing things about this season was the absence of heavyweights Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), who were banned for a period of two years following a Supreme Court ruling. As a result, two new teams Gujarat Lions (GL) and RPS were added to the fold and the players of CSK and RR were put into auction with the two new teams picking the top 5 of each of those in a player draft. It was natural that wherever the crux of CSK, the most successful side in IPL history, would go, that particular side would become strong. GL turned out to be the winner with Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith coming into their side while CSK’s skipper Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Faf du Plessis etc went to RPS. When these two teams clashed for the first time, the CSK boys came together for a group pic to mark the ‘reunion’.

7)  Virat Kohli’s chance encounter with Shah Rukh Khan and AbRam

Image courtesy: Virat Kohli (Facebook)
Image courtesy: Virat Kohli (Facebook)

It was the meet of the titans. RCB lost to Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at home and by the time they went to the city of joy for the return leg, Shah Rukh had started attending KKR games. Riding on Kohli’s brilliant knock, RCB registered an emphatic win at the iconic Eden Gardens. After the match, Kohli met King Khan and his little son AbRam. The image of the trio at the Edens went viral and made for a memorable moment.

8)  MS Dhoni’s goalkeeping skills

Not once, but twice during this IPL Dhoni displayed his street-smart cricketing acumen when he made ‘goal-keeper’ like saves. Standing up to the stumps, Dhoni used his right leg instead of hand to save crucial runs behind the wicket. His gestures earned him comparisons with top goalkeepers of the world.

9)  Kolkata Knight Riders’ crying cheerleaders: KKR qualified for the playoffs by ending at the fourth position on the points table. This meant they had to play the eliminator, which is a virtual quarter-final. Against SRH, they did put up a decent show and were into the game for a long time, but once the wickets started falling and KKR lost the plot, side’s loyal cheerleaders could not stop themselves from shedding tears on their team’s ouster. Team’s co-owner Shah Rukh also later thanked the cheerleaders through his tweet.

10)  Axar Patel’s hat-trick

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Image courtesy: Twitter

Just when the fans started feeling that IPL 9 will not witness a hat-trick, KXIP spinner Axar Patel pulled a rabbit out of his hat. Playing the formidable GL at their own den Rajkot, Patel, who ironically belongs to that city, produced a match-winning bowling effort including a split hat-trick. Defending 154, it was his effort that helped KXIP reduce GL first to 6 for 57 and then to 131. His victims included Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo and fellow Rajkot lad Ravindra Jadeja. Patel’s heroics included four wickets in five balls, as he had scalped Dwayne Smith’s wicket two balls before dismissing Karthik. The hat-trick and Patel’s effort in general remained an unforgettable moment from IPL 9.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricLife and CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)