Finally the wait is over and the season of
“Dil Jumping Jhapak..
Thumping Thapak ..
Gili Gili Yo”
is back again. With hardly few hours left, I guess all the Cricket fanatics are gearing up for the seventh edition of Indian Premiere League (IPL) starting from today, April 16th in UAE.
— Pepsi IPL7 (@Official_IPL7) April 16, 2014
So, while the neighboring kid bets on his home team and the defending champions Mumbai Indians, his mom a pure Kolkattian warns him not to underestimate the 2012 winning time Kolkata Knight Riders.
Before, the tussle between the true Mumbaikars and hardcore Kolkattians get intense here I come up with the SWOT analysis of the two teams.
Strength – The two M’s – Malinga and Michael Hussey, the big Australian fish caught in the auction for Rs. 5 crore. While, Malinga is totally in form giving us a paisa vasool show in the World T20, Michael Hussey’s ever reliable performance as an opening batsmen only adds to the advantage of Mumbai Indians. Besides, the captain Rohit Sharma is the star of T20 format and Kieron Pollard has a good report card so far. Not to forget, MI yet another smart buy Corey Anderson who is still not forgotten for dooming India during its New Zealand tour early this year.
Weakness – The explosive opener Dwayne Smith who won MI many matches in the last edition is missing and so is the firepower Mitchell Johnson. Letting Johnson go from the squad can be disastrous if Zaheer Khan fails to keep up the pressure.
Opportunities – Since, the entire batting responsibility falls on Jacques Kallis, who has not much performed for KKR, Yusuf Pathan, who again is a mann mauji and Gautam Gambhir, it will be a easy take for Mumbai Indians if they show these batsmen the way to the pavilion soon.
Threat – Kuldeep Yadav, the young bloke who made news after his explosive performance in under 19 world cup along with Robin Uthappa who has been in form off late, can be a threat to MI.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Strength – The bowlers. From the West Indian Sunil Nariane to Piyush Chawla and Shakib Al Hasan along with Morne Morkel and Patt Cummins, the KKR team’s pace attack looks brawny. In addition, Robin Uthappa who has been off late making high scores in the domestic cricket looks a powerhouse for KKR
Weakness – The Batting Side. Going by the recent records, apart from Robin, nobody looks promising – neither Jacques Kallis nor Yusuf Pathan.
Opportunities – The Spinners. The spinner by building pressure on the opening batsman in the dry pitch of UAE can definitely turn the game.
Threat – Krishmar Santokie, the man who played some explosive innings in the World T20. His one over spells and ability to get the batsman bowled can dwindle the already weak batting line of Kolkata Knight Riders.
Let’s see who among the two uses their strength over their weaknesses by utilizing maximum opportunities while keeping the threats at bay. While, the obvious favorites are Mumbai Indians, with the winning advantage they have over KKR in the past, one cannot ignore the roaring Kolkata Knight Riders.
So, get ready with your cokes oops pepsi to watch the very first match of IPL 7 along with some naach gaana. Didn’t Farah Khan say, “Sirf Dekhne Ka Nahi!”
By: Deepti Verma
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