CLT20: A tournament of hits and misses
Chennai defied the perception that IPL sides were a weak link when it came to playing on the big stage.
Cricket was under the eye of suspicion thanks to the 'spot-fixing' saga
that came to the fore just days before the Champions League, but after
what has been a great 2 weeks for Cricket, the dark shadows of the
gloom seems to have been forgotten and people have moved on.
very integrity of a player being questioned isn't a good feeling, but
it's great that the 12 teams that participated in the Champions League
put all that to rest and gave us a tournament to remember.
The Champions League, as a tournament itself came in for a lot of
criticism last year due to it's format as well as the lack of spectator
interest, but South Africa seems to be the magic wand that seems to
turn the tide around every single time.
The IPL showed the world that it's glitz and glamor was just not
India centric, and the FIFA World Cup made people stretch their
imagination beyond the horizon.
If it was Trinidad and Tobago last
time, it was the Chevrolet Warriors this time around. Their fearless
brand of cricket not only captured the local flavor but also
demonstrated that teams which play together all year round may be
potent enough to defeat the superstars.
Many spoke of the CL-T20 as a launch pad for an IPL contract, but
how many actually caught the imagination of the IPL owners is the
Jacobs's destructive approach at the top brought the
spark, and Hussey's drop and run approach made it look serene.Royal
Challengers Bangalore unfortunately just lived up to their reputation
of just being the 'Challengers'.
If there is one team that should be disappointed with their
cricket, it has to be the Mumbai Indians. Coming into the tournament as
overwhelming favourites, they self destructed against the Lions from a
winning position and played like a bunch of steet cricketers to
literally gift the match on a platter against the Redbacks after
setting it up beautifully.
Redbacks who came into the semis with a clean slate perhaps forgot that
there was a word called 'complacent'. They were caught napping and the
game drifted in front of their own eyes. Warriors needed just a slim
chance to mastermind a precision win and steer them to the final.
The final battle in itself was a bit of an anti-climax, with Chennai
Super Kings not even made to 'huff and puff' one bit. They were
deserving winners, and a win which meant that Dhoni
is the only captain to take his side into the finals of the World T20,
IPL and CLT20 and that too all in his 1st attempt." If he maintains
this streak, then India will at least get to the final of the 2011
That would be a day worth dying for! I am sure, on that day we will all
grow out of the shadow of 'RED AND GOLD' and paint ourselves 'BLUE' to
witness history in the making.
Afterall watching GOD walk into the sunset with a WORLD CUP will happen only once in a lifetime!!