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IPL Random Thoughts: Chris Gayle and Saurav Ganguly

Chris Gayle.
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Linus FernandesAnalyst IIMay 9, 2011

Random thoughts on cricketing happenings last week:

The Sri Lanka Premier League, in my opinion, has a couple of advantages over the IPL.

  • It will have just seven teams.
  • It will last only 18 days.

The lime green, carbon-neutral outfits of the Royal Challengers Bangalore look better on their cheerleaders.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) were smart to allow Chris Gayle to participate in the IPL. Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s not playing the IPL, and see what mischief he got up to? Imagine if it was Gayle shooting off acerbic letters to Ernest Hilaire. Hilarious, anyone?

Chris Gayle reminds one of those swashbuckling, buccaneering pirates of yore. Quite perfect that he’s a big-hitting free agent, isn’t it?

Perhaps it's time international cricketers banded together and formed a body on the lines of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) or the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)?

Saurav Ganguly feels he’s not ready to turn out for the IPL yet. Maybe he’s not match-fit, maybe he needs more time. To be fair, you have to admit that it takes some adjustment to move from the commentary box back into the middle even if you’re God’s gift on the off-side.

If Dada says he’s not ready to play yet, he’s not ready. Leave him alone, will ya?

Besides, he’s kinda smooth in the box. Surely someone as articulate as him is welcome. His interview of Graeme Smith during the ODI World Cup made for delightful viewing. 


Quote of the day 

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. – Joseph Conrad

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