Rajasthan Royals win IPL off last ball

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Definitely not a picture from the IPLIt could have turned out calamitously with a damp squib of a final and the wrong team emerging victorious, but the IPL ended well. Rajasthan rightfully triumphed after dominating the league and they did it off the last ball as well.

The Rajasthan Ribonucleotides were fined for not spending enough money in the IPL auction. It just goes to show that money doesn’t talk.

That said, if you lined up Rajasthan against Leicestershire, for example, Rajasthan – the expensive outfit – would triumph. So money might not talk, but it can still decide cricket matches.

So where are we then? The conclusion has to be that it’s what you spend the money on that counts. Simply paying more for the same thing doesn’t make the thing paid for any better. (English Test match ticket prices, we’re looking at you.)


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  1. Interested to know how much of the success can be put down to Warne – Hants seem to be doing v v v badly this year without his leadership….

  2. I think you’ll find the turning point was Mascarehnas’s (never know where to put the “h” there) 9 runs in the one match he played…

    As with most people I find it very hard to remember one team from another, but did remember this team throughout, because it looked like such a bland and timid but technically correct squad full of bods I was waiting to just not be able to cut it. I might stand corrected, not totally sure.

    Thought for the day: In line with Ponting and Dravid being woeful here, maybe this also puts the more conventional big hitters in there place too, showing a “third way” for T20? maybe not. probably not. not.

  3. I suspect rather a lot of it’s down to Warne. He’s a canny bugger. While my colours are pinned firmly to Murali’s mast in the big spinners discussion/debate/argument, I’ve got to admit that Warne’s the better big match player. Sad but true.

  4. You can see how terribly interested non-Indians are about the IPL by the no. of appeals here.

    Whereas, scroll up to Harmy and Shiv, and the blog in overflwoing.

  5. No no, it’s just KC’s insatiable blogging addiction. This and the one above were within about 10 minutes of each other, and as most people have the attention span of a newt, they forget there are older posts.

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