Monday, 20 April 2009

IPL Bringing Fast Paced Action

The IPL has hit the South African shores with a bang. It is hard hitting and adrenaline pumping.

For those of you who don’t know what the IPL is, and are wondering what the big fuss is all about, well let me tell you a little about this fast pace edge of your seat action.

The IPL (known as the Indian Premier League) is a PRO20 competition put together by the Indian Cricket Board. It is the most watched domestic Twenty20 competition in the world. You may be asking why, well the reason is because the competition attracts some of the biggest names in the cricketing world. It even brings the greats like Shane Warne and Shaun Pollock out of retirement.

The IPL consists of eight teams that play each other twice in a round robin system. The tops four sides then advance to the semi finals and then the finals. Eventually leaving the one team at the top of the podium lifting the trophy. The reason why this tournament has even attracted none regular cricket watchers, is the simple fact, that it is a shortened version of the one day game. In which each side faces only 20 over’s and the object is to get as many runs as humanly possible. So it’s fast paced, with big hitting and huge action. Not only is the game itself entertaining, but also there is so much going on off the field. There are dancers, braai’s, fireworks etc at each game, creating a real festive atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.

So do yourself a favour and get down to one of the IPL games that have come right to our doorsteps. You can enjoy the talents of some of the greats like, Sachin Tendulkar, Mathew Hayden, Graeme Smith, AB De Villiers, Dwayne Bravo and many more. Just be sure to take your hard hats with you, as over the boundaries in this form of the game, is classified as a “danger zone”.

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