Indian Premier League’s second edition in South Africa kicked off in a decent way this April 2009, after all the fiasco and uncertainty that surrounded the event’s occurrence. Speculations were strife regarding the success of the event but the initial few matches have dispelled all those fears.
The Indian Premier League will not be played in India. For the countless fans who were looking forward to the tournament the news certainly would come as a disappointment to them. The development has already acquired political overtones with parties taking up the issue to gain political mileage.
Sri Lankan team suffered a jolt when armed terrorists attacked the team’s van in Pakistan. Following the attack, six Sri Lankan players sustained minor injuries, and a couple of them suffered some serious wounds. The team was airlifted by an Army helicopter, and the team was taken to a safe place.
India trounced Sri Lanka in a thrilling encounter at Colombo on 10 Feb 2009. The 20-20 match was the first of its kind to be played in Sri Lanka. But the hosts had to face disappointment as India pulled off a sensational victory.
Indian Premier League is set to kick off its second season in April and already it has started creating ripples, a reflection of which was seen in the auction held a few days back.
Australian opener Matthew Hayden announced retirement from international cricket this week. A prolific run-getter for his team, Hayden had been going through a lean phase in his career in the past few months. His performance against India and South Africa was not at par with his standards and might have forced him to consider retirement.
Sourav Ganguly announced his retirement from cricket thereby bringing an end to an illustrious career that spanned over 12 years. During these 12 years, the country and the world saw India rise from the ashes and reach the pinnacle of success in both forms of cricket.
India reigned supreme in the second match against Australia inflicting a humiliating 320 runs defeat on the visitors.