The last year's champions are out of the reckoning, so too are the dashing young starlets who almost got more television time than the players, Shilpa Shetty and Priety Zinta.
Well I can't remember the face of the most unpopular owner if I may call him from Deccan. They are a wonderful lot this year doing the best. Even Anil Kumble and his men seem to have got it right and Super Kings are on a song. Dare Devils hopefully should keep their hopes alive.
But the headline should have been Shah Rukh Khan drowns Shilpa's Royals. It was not meant to be, at least Shilpa must have thought, the script horribly gone wrong that fateful day when Kolkata Knight Riders decided to make an honourable exit, in the process making Rajasthan Royals lose out on their march to semifinals.
Now for the other teams; Chennai Super Kings now seem to be the favorite after they got their act together and defended a low total. It was anybody's game but they played so well and Dhoni was there all over to see things happening. It was cool of him as always to work like that in that situation and get through unscathed yesterday.
Delhi Dare Devils really look up to the challenge and they have to fire from the top or else it could be the opponent who will have a field day. If the Sehwag factor along with Gambhir does not work then it's easy for the opposition Deccan Charges to go for the kill in the semifinal.
Royal Challengers have also made a huge discovery with one Pandey making 118 not out during their encounter with Deccan Chargers. He held the innings as if it was his last match and played some lofty shots into the crowd. At 19, and being the first IPL Indian centurion, his captain would want him to repeat the feat on Saturday against Chennai Super Kings.
It has been a great entertainment all through this season of IPL. Certainly making it the game of uncertainties, how else would you describe a loss when you require just four runs off the last over. It sometimes does defy logic and that's what cricket as a game is all about.
We hope to have the same final edge of the seat encounter during the semis and the finals.
One thing I wanted to mention here, I was watching all that charity show on TV for schools and et al...my only question was if the organisers would do it in India, India needs so much of these kind of charities.
Before I end, let me answer a doubt you would have had in your mind as to the picture I has chosen on Lalit Modi, the answer of course is he is the man of the match called IPL.
He's scored the DLF Maximum, lives Citi Moment of Success, and of course makes the most of now (Vodafone). Sorry if I missed any sponsor...And well according to informed sources Sony has deputed one camera man exclusively to cover the Man—Modi.
It is just a reflection of his popularity.