Mumbai Indians win IPL8

IPLT20 – M60: MI vs CSK – Match Highlights

Congratulations to the Mumbai Indians on winning the Indian Premier League for 2015. More details on the final, in which they defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs, are on the IPL website match centre.

Source: M60: MI vs CSK – Match Highlights – ipl 2015 – IPL Videos – IPLT20.com

The IPL8 livestock sales

Who imagined in 2008 that we would still be here in 2015 doing the Indian Premier League player auctions every February? Or even that the IPL would still be a thing?

Nevertheless, here we are, and here below is a spreadsheet summary of the overseas signings for IPL8 at today’s auction, with their sale prices in rupees converted into Bitcoins, Dogecoins, Aussie dollars and other novelty currencies: Continue reading “The IPL8 livestock sales”

The team is on the bus

All the excitement of the sixth Indian Premier League as encapsulated in tweets of the pilgrimage of the team bus from the hotel to the stadium. Continue reading “The team is on the bus”

Catching up on IPL Game One

“IPL is now a well established product on TV.”

– Kunal Das Gupta, head of Sony TV India, as reported by Business Standard, 20.4.08.

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The IPL: Welcome to Sub Prime Cricket

As I write, Delhi are 48 for 1 after six overs against the Deccan Chronicles Chargers, and presumably cruising to victory in Game Seven of the Indian Premier League. There’s a lot to observe and a lot to talk about.  Continue reading “The IPL: Welcome to Sub Prime Cricket”

Cricket journalism will never be different again

Pardon me while my brain explodes…

“What Kapil and the watching millions witnessed was a day that changed cricket forever”

– Jamie Jackson, The Observer, 24.2.08

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Not so ridiculous quote-du-jour

“This is the second most important day in world cricket, according to me. The first was in 1994 when the monopoly of Doordarshan came to an end when we won the court case.”

– Inderjit Singh Bindra, member of the IPL Governing Committee, discussing the IPL player auction, OutlookIndia.com, 20.2.08

Call me a cynic, but Bindra is not too far off the mark with this self-serving observation.

Hello, my name is Ashwell Prince. I got passed in at auction.

It’s barely two years since I waxed lyrical on these pages about Ashwell Prince following his attractive 119 in the Sydney Test of 2006. He now has seven Test centuries under his belt, but his Twenty20 stats are almost non-existent.

Prince, otherwise known as Lot 54, failed to attract a bid at his reserve price of $175000. He finished Wednesday’s IPL Mumbai Meat Market as the only one of 77 lots (I mean, players) unsold at auction (not including the Yousuf Formerly Known as Youhana who is having contractual difficulties with the ICL). Continue reading “Hello, my name is Ashwell Prince. I got passed in at auction.”

Why Cameron White is worth more than Ricky Ponting

“Lack of professional expertise in managing a sporting franchise of this magnitude seems to be a glaring gap, especially as a lot of these teams are led by what we call ‘casual but rich fans’ who are assuming their team will be in the top three.”

– Anirban Das Blah, VP Globosport India, from the 3.3.08 edition of Outlook magazine

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