The quintessential ‘process vs result’ debate has always ignited intellectuals all around the world. And Rahul Dravid is leading the ‘process’ team with some panache. The IPL was setup with the idea to give young, Indian domestic players a taste of the international flavour, by providing them with the opportunity to rub shoulders with overseas players. But with the ‘result’ team catching up, somewhere the original idea for the IPL was lost.
With the influx of money, the ‘result’ team started bullying the ‘process’ team. Success was defined by the number of wins you had on the board, rather than the number of Indian domestic players nurtured, which is fair enough to an extent, but you can’t really go full throttle with a result oriented view.
Like so many times on the cricket field, Rahul Dravid is seeing things from a different lens. He sees the IPL as a platform where the young Indian players can be shouldered with responsibility to take on international superstars, an experience that would help them grow manifold in their career.
With Pant and Samson having already played a couple of match winning knocks, it was Shreyas Iyer’s turn last night. The Mumbai lad had for long now flirted with that match winning knock, but just couldn’t muster a relationship with it. But all the hard work came to fruition last night, as Iyer single handedly took Delhi to an unlikely win against the Lions.
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With nothing left to pay for but pride, both these teams would be hoping to unearth some Indian talent in the games remaining.
Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab
There’s a lot at stake tonight, a top 2 spot for MI and a chance to stay alive in the playoff race for KXIP.
Mumbai Indians would be hoping that Rohit Sharma continues his good form, now that the business end of the tournament is fast approaching. With Buttler out, and Rana not able to recreate his initial tournament form, Rohit’s role in the middle order is of paramount importance. As far as the bowling is concerned, it has always taken care of itself.
For the Kings XI Punjab, the top order needs to find a way to fire in the absence of the ever so dependable Hashim Amla. Guptill has played on batting friendly tracks in the last two games but has found a way to get himself dismissed, hopefully he smacks it around tonight.
Let’s get to business now!
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