IPL 2016 – A Grand Sucess
After an exciting two months of 60 matches, 17963 runs and 652 wickets we finally got our winning team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, for the ninth IPL season. Season nine of the IPL was all about creating new records. Though the underdog of this season, Sunrisers Hyderabad, won our hearts by acquiring their maiden Indian Premier League title with a 8 run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the M.Chinnaswamy stadium on the 29th of May. This was a very interesting IPL season with many players creating history.
Royal Challenger Bangalore’s skipper Virat Kohli was the man in demand this season. The aggressive and powerful Indian batsman single-handedly guided his team to the finals. Virat, in this season of the IPL has set a benchmark which wont be broken any time soon. Taking the IPL by a storm, he scored a total of 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03. Sadly, he could not win the trophy for his team, but he made sure that he got the esteemed orange cap for being the highest run scorer of the tournament.
IPL history has never perceived such performance before, as no other batsman has ever made such a big total in one single season. Kohli’s power, consistency, presence of mind and his passion for the game will forever continue to amaze us. The 27 Year old scored his first T-20 century this year in the IPL. In his innings of 113 against Kings XI Punjab he became the first batsman to complete 4000 runs in the IPL, a record which no other cricketer has till now managed to achieve in any other worldwide tournament. Apart from his performance as a batsman, his leadership qualities are highly commendable. The dignified and collected way in which he led his team assures us that the future of Indian cricket is in safe hands.
Bhuvi-The Brave Young Man
It is said that the purple cap holder is the bravest soul in the IPL. This is because he is awarded for his ability to take wickets in a match format , where the batsmen are always given more importance. The highest wicket taker is awarded the purple cap. This year the young boy of Meerut, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who notched up 23 wicket in 16 matches with an economy rate of 7.42 was the deserving winner of the purple cap. The right arm swing bowler has a way with the new ball. David Warner, the skipper of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team, has termed Bhuvi as a “world class bowler” and is eager to play as an opposition batsman against this young seamer. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also served as a very crucial death bowler. His impeccable yorkers helped his team to contain the runs of the batsmen during the last overs of their matches. He has played a very important role in bringing about the victory of his team. It is being hoped that his magnificent performance in the IPL will earn him a permanent position in the Indian team.
Horizon Of Indian Cricket
Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and some other young players of India are the inspiration for the coming generation of cricket. Their performance, their zeal, their passion and dedication for this sport makes them the real stars of Indian cricket.