Close finishes the flavour this season
Super Kings had to face the heat of the competitiveness and wait anxiously before qualifying for the play-offs.
“There is a fine line between each of the teams and that’s just down to individual form, having key players in form at the right time and winning key moments. We have seen games all the way through which have been won or lost on one shot or one bye or one bad play. So it is very tight and I think the fans have to be enjoying it,” said CSK coach Stephen Fleming.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has pointed out how his team struggled due to a no result and a loss in a rain-affected encounter.
Similarly, Kolkata Knight Riders has experienced some tense times and may be inclined to blame it on the abandoned match against Rajasthan Royals at Kolkata.
However, RR is lucky to have made the grade to the last four despite sharing points in two matches.
Criteria for closenessA cursory glance at the results confirms the cut-throat competition among the sides. If one considers a victory by one wicket or by less than 10 runs or in the last over as parameters to ascertain the closeness of matches, then, altogether 22 contests (till upto 55 matches, excluding two no results, concluded till Saturday) fall in this category. That means 40 per cent of the matches have dished out edge-of-the-seat thrillers.
According to the Delhi Daredevils coach Gary Kirsten, had his team won some of the tight duels, it would have made it to the play-offs.
If some surveys are making claims about a big jump in IPL’s television viewership, it is not difficult to guess what has triggered the interest among the cricket fans this season.
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