Let's Wish Cricket All the Best

September 24, 2015, Chennai

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IPL has proved itself a colossal monster. Shashi Tharoor had to resign. And now, Lalit Modi finds himself in the trenches facing hostile fire on two fronts — from official investigators probing allegations of financial impropriety and fellow cricket administrators keen to oust him from his job as the IPL Commissioner.

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Earnest and passionate cricket lovers hope the controversy would be cleaned up at the earliest. The on-going hullabaloo presents a golden opportunity to sort out all issues.

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The live telecast of the semi-finals last night has made one thing clear. The current crisis has not dented IPL’s image around the crease at least.

It was real cricket all the way until we saw Doug Bollinger leading Deccan Chargers' rout, as the ruthless Chennai Super Kings crushed the defending champions by 38 runs in the second semifinal to set up a summit clash with Mumbai Indians on Sunday.

To begin with, the Super Kings looked in trouble. They made a shock start by losing their top three batsmen, including in-form Suresh Raina, inside five overs with only 29 runs on board and never recovered until a 52-run partnership between skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (30) and S Badrinath (37) guided them to a seemingly competitive score. And then, Chennai’s Bollinger rocked the Deccan top order and dropped curtains on the opponent's innings with his tidy four overs.

Little doubt, Sunday’s finals is going to be fascinating, whoever wins. And thereafter we have the forthcoming T20 World Cup, starting within five days of the conclusion of IPL-3.

Let’s wish cricket all the best.