So, we are done with the playoffs. Another year passed, but few things that occurred unique to this season that had the potential to be remembered in the history of IPL.
For the first team ever, a team was qualified to playoffs with only 6 wins. That would mean 12 points and less than half matches played. One point separated bottom 5 teams.
Chennai and Mumbai now feature in a plenty of playoffs. In fact, Chennai feature in playoffs in every season they were part of IPL. That is some remarkable achievement. Mumbai make it to the playoffs, despite their loss on the opening day. An usual affair off late.
There is something unique about this season though. Despite RCB failure in yet another season, Virat Kohli might not feature in probably all the Team of the season’s lists. Doesn’t feature here for sure.
More controversial topics from on field actions, and like never before MS Dhoni lost his cool and R Ashwin was discussed for days, all thanks to the forgettable and regrettable decisions made by the umpires in the middle. Huge cry for more extensive use of technology into the sport.
Hardik Pandya might just be outvoted to be the MVP of the season from Russell. What a season he was having. Lost his place in the side for regrettable remarks off the field, he looked fired up, not a sense of arrogance, but a sense of proving the world against him wrong.
M S Dhoni is everywhere. For chennai, he was literally everywhere. Amongst the runs, the top scorer for the side, and the flashy stumpings with reaction times plummeting over and over again.
The differential return of two players to international cricket, David Warner had a sweet IPL to savor while Steve Smith struggled owing to his elbow injury. Struggling to free flow, managing to lead a side that sunk, is not a great strategic decision, probably.
Brotherly love between Aussies and English was the theme of this IPL. Warner-Bairstow probably recorded one of the finest partnerships in IPL, enjoying each other company. No doubt they would be down each other throats not so long in the near future. So is the Smith-Stokes | Butler-Smith friendship.
Centuries came from the most unexpected corners of the teams. David Warner might not be a surprise, but Shane Watson did it again in two straight years. And so did Virat. Bairstow did on his debut season. KL Rahul scored his first. Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane did it for the Rajasthan.
Something I missed. There is a hat trick too. In a shortened and a disappointing game that was abandoned due to bad weather, Shreyas Gopal picked the only hat-trick of this IPL.
And finally Delhi Capitals, rechristened, are in the playoffs forthe first time since 2012.
And guess what, you can never ignore Dre Russ.
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