What are the consequences of the IPL for selection to the Indian ODI side? Dileep writes about the battle between youth and age in the IPL:
It's interesting to note that only Rohit Sharma of the youth brigade
has scored more IPL runs  than Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, neither
of whom played a part in the CB Series victory in Australia. Despite
the Royal Challengers' dismal showing, and allegations of them being a
Test side, Dravid has aggregated 360 runs at a strike-rate of 127.65.
Ganguly has managed 11 runs less, though his strike-rate is nowhere
near as impressive [113.68].
To get an idea of how well Dravid had adjusted to the demands of the
format, just compare his numbers to those of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who
succeeded him as one-day captain. Dhoni's 348 runs have come only at a
marginally quicker rate [129.85].
Of the middle-order pretenders, the uncapped Shikhar Dhawan is next
in the list, but his 335 runs have hardly come at breakneck speed
[118.37]. The most instructive comparison though is with Uthappa, who
has barely scored faster than Ganguly [298 runs and a strike-rate of
116.86] despite his reputation as a devastator of bowling attacks.
Kartikeya points out that the two Test matches going on are over-shadowing the IPL finish. Sean is looking forward to what would certainly be an historic win for the West Indies against Australia. And Kolkata pull off a good win against Kings Punjab.