By: Sandipan Bose
Is the Mumbai Indians becoming the team to beat this IPL? Atleast from what we have seen in the last few matches, Rohit Sharma and his men certainly look the most formidable in terms of batting, bowling and fielding.
Sure enough both the Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils too are looking good on paper. But the real test of all the top teams today in the league table would be determined in next two weeks.
However, that can’t discount the fact that Mumbai are chasing very well in the tournament. Their confidence is high that no big score can crush the morale of team. Yes, this is the same team which won the IPL title twice.
They always look to better the other teams who have same number of IPL wins. But the magic of this richest cricket league can also be maintained if every team could produce a new champion.
Like it happened last year. From the start, it was always about the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Virat Kohli’s team was going all the way. They did lose a few matches here and there but never lose the sight of winning the League.
In the end, Sunrisers Hyderabad walked away with all the advantages. Their batsmen and bowlers delivered when it mattered the most. Today, the likes of Kieron Pollard, Hardik and Krunal Pandya could be huge factors.
But, the biggest deal would be to keep this momentum till the final. Two seasons ago, the same Mumbai team were losing all their league games in the first phase of the tournament. But, then there was a complete transformation.
The same team became extremely dominant. Similarly, peaking early in the tournament isn’t also a good thing to do. This format of the game is so uncertain that even the best team in the league could end up losing the big game.
In the 2009 season in South Africa, the Daredevils emerged as the top team in the completion with some outstanding performances. However, a brilliant knock from Adam Gilchrist changer the entire complexion of the game.
Delhi got knocked out of the semfinals, which later on promised the governing council of the game to introduce the qualifier 1 and 2 along with an eliminator. From there on, the league permits you to have a bad day on the field.
But the final game remains the test of ultimate skills. And all these years have also taught us that IPL can’t be won without constant effort to thrive for the best!