Indian Premier League – The Drama Begins

24 Jan

The Indian Premier League (IPL) handed out franchises today. Here are the winners:

1. Mumbai – Mukesh Ambani
2. Bangalore – Vijay Mallya
3. Kolkata – Shak Rukh Khan
4. Chennai – India Cements
5. Delhi – GMR Group
6. Chandigarh/Mohali – Preity Zinta/Wadia
7. Jaipur – An investors Consortium
8. Hyderabad – Deccan Chronicle

Big Bucks here folks. Mumbai team was bid for $112 Million, and Bangalore for $111.6 Million.

Now the auctioning of players have to begin. Shane Warne, Glen McGrath, Ponting, Sachin… the best of the best…

Wonder if Symonds and Harbajan can end up on the same team 😉

Being from Bangalore, I’m glad Vijay Mallya owns the team here. He always pays for and gets the best. Been quite a busy few months for him now that he owns a F1 team as well.

Heres my Bangalore Dream team:

Ricky Ponting – Captain, Rahul Dravid, Andrew Symonds, Dhoni, Kumble, Kevin Pieterson, Uthappa,Dale Steyn, Stuart Clark, Hayden,… and Shane Warne.

I can dream can’t I? Whose on your dream team?

UPDATE: Oh ya.. the TV rights are with Sony.. I hope they’ve fired the retards who were in charge of the world cup coverage. See some of the old articles here:

Can someone tell SET Max that their timing sucks?

Hey SET Max are you watching ESPN?

I hate the dancing tiger on SET Max


17 Responses to “Indian Premier League – The Drama Begins”

  1. | Balu | January 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm #

    My dream team.. hmmm let me think
    Sehwag opening with Uthappa,
    dravid steps for trouble control.. no 4 Mr ponting, 5- Yuvi, 6 – Symonds, 7- Bret lee, 8- Murali (is he in?) 9- Bon, shane bond, 10 – Andre Nel, 11 – Zaheer Khan

  2. Bhel Puri & Seekh Kabab January 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm #

    Man, this promises to be an exciting time for Indian cricket. What are the league rules like, with respect to player salaries – is it like baseball where owners can spend any amount of money on the players? Or is it like American football, where owners are capped on the amount they can spend?

  3. Vijay January 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm #

    @BPSK: Not sure.. they have fashioned it after the English Premier League…Players are going to be auctioned… theres some rule that there will be at least 5 under 22 local players.. Players like Dravid, Sachin etc are going to be part of their local team and can’t be traded for a certain time… again as with everything with the BCCI the devil is in the details

  4. raydixon January 28, 2008 at 6:08 am #

    I know this is about a separate issue Vijay, but what do you think of India’s ‘let’s not get beaten’ approach to the 4th test? Anyone would think they were leading 2 – 1 and not Australia, the way they’ve played this game to an inevitable draw.

  5. Vijay January 28, 2008 at 6:10 am #

    @Ray: We aren’t leading??? 😉

  6. Vijay January 28, 2008 at 6:17 am #

    Seriously… they should have gone for it and declared 200 runs ahead.. if the Aussies got it then hats off to them…

  7. raydixon January 28, 2008 at 7:21 am #

    Yes Vijay, I think India should have sped up its first innings too. By taking nearly 2 full days they gave Australia no choice but to follow suit and also take 2 days.

  8. Vijay January 28, 2008 at 7:23 am #

    @Ray: Dont know if they had a choice in the first inings… our much touted batting was back in the pavilion… they were saved by the tail…

  9. raydixon January 28, 2008 at 7:25 am #

    I should add that I think India has definitely closed the gap on Australia’s no 1 position. Australia is still ‘the best’ but not for long I’d say. You can’t lose players of the calibre of Mc Grath, Warne, Gilchrist (and before too long Hayden) and stay on top. I think India just needs to find that ‘killer instinct’. Maybe they should get someone like Steve Waugh as coach. Pay him $5 million – he’d be worth it.

  10. | Balu | January 28, 2008 at 7:26 am #

    @Ray, Vijay
    Ya I too hated the way India played out last innings.. wat were they thinking?

  11. Vijay January 28, 2008 at 7:30 am #

    @Balu, Ray: Just heard a rumor that a Draw Against the Aussies is equal to a win (like a Handicap in Golf)… so Ray we are at 2-2 🙂
    I dont think Steve would last long here… the BCCI ensures even the best fail.. Mathew Hayden.. what can I say the mans a Machine… the only issue that I have with Australian Cricket is that the guys make their debut late.. take Hussey for instance… If Hayden made his Debut early then I’d think he’d have scored over 50 centuries

  12. | Balu | January 28, 2008 at 8:16 am #

    I wish it was 2-2! sob sob

  13. raydixon January 28, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    Hayden did make an earlier debut but failed, despite several opportunities. He was then given another chance later in his career and he clicked. The rest is history. But in general terms you’re right, it’s very hard to break into the Australian side at a young age unless you’re a stand-out prodigy like Ponting was and like Michael Clarke almost is.

  14. Vijay January 28, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    I remember Ponting.. and by the way I watched Clarkes debut in Bangalore (my son’s first “live” match)… we had clubhouse sponsored tickets and Mark Waugh (who was the host of a touring party) was sitting right behind us … made my sons day when he said “Howdy Mate” to him…

  15. Naveen A H February 4, 2008 at 8:40 am #

    Nothing infront of Vijay malya’s selection, This time league will be own by Banglore team itself,In the river of IPL so many fishes were participating but among those are all the fishes the winning fish is Banglore fish I mean King Fisher team………….

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  17. guru April 18, 2008 at 7:34 am #

    this is not a drama my friend, it a matter prestige of India. it looks like a international 20-20 matches. all international players are involved in it, IPL cricket is latest version of Cricket.

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