Where talent meets opportunity. As the curtain prepares to come down on yet another hair raising, typically nail biting IPL season let’s take a look back at one of the most enthralling seasons in recent history. This season’s roller coaster ride enters its grand finale as two formidable opponents go face to face in an epic clash of teams with contrasting styles and tactics. This IPL season has been one like never before. The thrills and the spills, ranging from Mumbai Indians’ monster hitting against RR to Chris Lynn’s out-of-the- world catch to dismiss AB de Villiers early in the tournament to RCB’s stunning batting collapses and KKR’s mesmerising 8-match winning run have given the IPL an extra edge that captured audiences all over the world.
Making their first appearance in ultimate clash of the sporting extravaganza, the Kings XI Punjab have entertained en masse with one of the most complete, devastating lineups in the tournament. The flair and the grace of Viru at the top complemented by the berserk hitting of the Maxwell-Miller combo coupled with the emergence of rising talents like Akshar Patel and Sandeep Sharma brought hapless bowlers to their knees all season. The country watched and admired as the revelation of the season Glen Maxwell gazumped oppositions with ruthless ease.
7 years of hard work seem to be paying off for Punjab as the the young guns ousted the now perennial bridesmaids Chennai. Finally, did the team of the season deserve to beat one of the most consistent sides of the IPL’s short 7-year history? Oh yes, they did. It was a game one fan aptly described as a game of snakes and ladders, and eventually the gutsy Kings XI booked their ticket to Bangalore for their first final of the showpiece event. It was a stunning show of perseverance and unity that epitomises what the IPL stands for – the spirit of the game.
But what’s particularly heart warming for the Indian fan is the success of homegrown players. A lot was said early on about the fact that home grown talent was being overlooked in favour of more established international stars. But all that talk has vanished into thin air with Indians Robin Utthappa and Mohit Sharma leading the batting and bowling charts respectively and local players staking a claim for global recognition. The future of Indian cricket looks to be in safe hands. From now on, the only way is up.