Yesterday, Deccan Chargers (DC) Hyderabad had won the IPL 2009 Championship after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an absorbing final in Jo'burg, South Africa. Well Done Adam Gilchrist & your DC team-mates for the achievement, particularly considering how your team was placed after last year's inagural IPL.
Our appreciation also goes to the REAL WARRIOR & FIGHTER to the core, Anil Kumble and his valiant team RCB, for the way they have put up a fight & kept the match with DC alive till the penultimate ball, something similar to last year's Championship match too. Thanks Anil for proving to the world how grit & determination can override age in this format too.
As far as IPL 2, as a tournament, is concerned, it has turned out to be a stupendous success. The tournament has revived SA's economy in these troubled and recessionary times. This was disclosed to the world by none other than the President of South Africa himself in the closing ceremony held after the finals. Lalit Modi, the IPL Commissioner, has surely converted a challenge (of shifting the tournament out of India) thrown at him into an opportunity and show-cased India as a happening country through the efficient & successful conduct of IPL 2 within such a short span of time (3 weeks) and for such a long duration (about 5 weeks or so).
Now that two seasons of IPL have been concluded and Rajasthan Royals (RR) (in 2008) and Deccan Chargers (DC) (in 2009) have been crowned as the IPL Champions, here is my take-away as to what could be, inter alia, a success formula to become the Champion Team in the Indian Premier League (Hope the IPL Team Owners are reading this).
1. Recruit and appoint an Australian cricketer, who is also a Big Match Player, as the Captain of your team (Shane Warne - RR Captain in 2008 & Adam Gilchrist - DC Captain in 2009)
2. If he is a retired Australian cricketer, the better, since he can be available for the full length of the tournament (Both Warne in 2008 & Gilli in 2009 are retired)
3. Have an Australian as the coach (Warne himself for RR and Darren Lehmann for DC in 2009) (I can hear Sourav, Shah Rukh & FakeIPLPlayer gritting their teeth at my suggestion)
4. Have a hard-hitting South African as an opening batsman (Graeme Smith for RR and Herschelle Gibbs for DC)
5. Have at least one hard-hitting all-rounder down the order (Yusuf Pathan for RR and Rohit Sharma for DC)
6. Let your premier bowler be a left-arm fast medium one (Sohail Tanvir & R.P.Singh)
7. Have an all-rounder in the team who is capable of bagging the Player of the Tournament award (Shane Watson for RR in 2008 and Gilli himself for DC in 2009)
8. Have 1 more member in the team who is capable of bagging one of the two Caps - Orange cap (Maximum runs) or Purple cap (maximum wickets) (Purple Cap holder - Sohail Tanvir for RR in 2008 and R.P. Singh for DC in 2009)
Now that the "secret" of the Success Formula has been spilled out in black & white, can we expect the Khans and Zintas and Ambanis and Mallyas of the world rushing to revamp their teams before the next IPL edition starts?