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Aak's Review On Airtel Champions League 2009
Champions League Review Best players vs Best players!!! One Great Team vs Another!!! Champions vs Champions!!! That just sums it up for the Champions League. It’s a defining tournament which has heralded the Club Cricket rivalries for years to come. Is cricket going the football way? Well only time will tell. As for the first edition of the CL-T20 it was one heck of a tourney which brought out spirited and compelling displays on the cricketing field. It was no wonder that another Aussie team walked away with the trophy, the sophisticated machine overpowered the fearless flair of the Caribbean. The two sides which were the favorites making to the semis were New South Wales and Victoria, as they had the perfect balance, team togetherness and skill. The other two semi-finalists were a surprise package. The Trinidad and Tobago team was the one which won hearts over of all the fans with their brand of fearless, stylish and heart-on-sleeve type of cricket. Their celebrations after the victories were so passionate and showed how much this tourney meant to them. After all Sports is about Passion. The team from South Africa, Cape Cobras also displayed their efficient planning and execution to make it to the semis. In all a deserved line-up at the knock out phase of the tourney. My team RCB fared mediocre during this tourney. I watched all their matches in the ground and was shattered as we weren’t able to make it through to the semis. I don’t know why one player decides to have his own when playing against RCB during the opening match  First it was Brendon McCullum during IPL-1 while this time it was JP Duminy. If you look stat wise RCB were a better team than Cobras but one player’s genius took the game away from RCB. The second one against Otago Voltz was close to a perfect match with Kallis leading from the front from both bat and ball and Ross Taylor with his typical blitzkrieg at the end. Shift to the second round and whatever could go wrong in a match went wrong for RCB first Kallis pulled out, then the batting collapsed leaving the bowlers to do with too much on a flat track. But true to their spirit RCB fought back against the DD. A superb bowling performance paved way for Ross to show the world who the Boss was at Chinnaswamy. This though did little to hide the disappointment of not making to the next round. The vociferous support and cheering for the home team was seen to be believed at Chinnaswamy. The atmosphere created by the fans was scintillating and the way they (we in fact as I was there too) created a superb ambience even though the team was already out of reckoning for Semis, before the match started, was just funtabulous. There were several valiant performances and, while some stars were born some others were reborn. Keiron Pollard was the stand out and I hope Mr.Mallya was watching. No matter how many power hitters we have in RCB it won’t be too bad to add another Match winner. His savage innings against NSW in the group stages catapulted him to the big league. The amazing, powerful yet seemingly effortless style of his big hitting won him legions of fans in this part of the world. Then the other star was Ross Taylor, we at RCB don’t have enough words to praise him. RCB fans the way they showered their affections to him was seen to be believed. Every time he walked towards his fielding position near boundary the reception he received from the fans was deafening. I am sure the entire New Zeland together wouldn’t have given him a better applause. The two other star performers for RCB were Kallis and a rejuvenated Uttappa. Uttappa had played some good innings in KPL and carried forward the momentum to CL-T20. One hopes he carries forward the good work in Ranjis and returns to IPL a better player. Champions League in all pitched some excellent teams against each other and drew many eyeballs from all over the world. It has set a very good trend of a truly international class tourney which brought the best from many teams and individuals. Inexperienced youngsters and season campaigners gave it all to this tourney and rose to the occasion. After all many of them have spent their entire careers playing in front of empty stadiums, this tourney gave them a chance to test themselves playing in front of thousands and challenge themselves more than anything. As for the young ones they may return to hear the sound of their own strokes in empty arenas but they now know the adrenaline flow, the sheer passion and the atmosphere that awaits them if they push on from here. Don’t tell these guys that Champions League is irrelevant.
Latest Comments:
@KunJan @nidhi The goodies are just a part of it I am more than happy if I can somehow contribute towards RCB website. Its the passion which drives crazy fans not the goodies i think :) Funda zyada ho gaya na ;) Anyways we can all discuss and come up with some other things in the lead up to IPL-3. I am waiting for the next meet up in Blore. I missed the first bcoz of meeting at ofc :(
Posted by Aak
We can discuss this at some place else, DM me on twitter or FB or lets talk about it on IM. This is by far not the best place to discuss. People reading reviews will log in to see what comments we have for Aakash! :)
Posted by KunJan
@Kunjan agreed. Which is why we're leaving more goodies for the other promotions and contests we'll be running pre-IPL3 (aka over the next few months!) which is why I need suggestions of what you'd like. I don't think RCB tattoos is a good prize na
Posted by nidhi@RCB
It sure is, but like you've seen already not a lot of people (including me) are posting anything. The goodies is what keeps us going :P plus there aren't many RCB games till IPL!
Posted by KunJan
hmmmm too late as of right now (I just got the jerseys in the mail today!) But hey, becoming an FF is just the first step no :P
Posted by nidhi@RCB
He already has the Tshirt! Give him something else :P
Posted by KunJan
nice write up!
Posted by nidhi@RCB

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