Scorpicity argues that the IPL is really already over. The Royals won:
Seriously they have! Because how meaningless in context are these
so-called knockout rounds in the name of Semi-finals and finals are in
Why? Because a six league team just doesn't need a knock-out stage. A best of three final with the top two teams maybe. I think the deeper point may be that that all the narratives built around the different teams (Rajasthan are intelligent, Bangalore stupid, Kolkata fancy, etc.) are based on pretty flimsy grounds...not enough data.
Jagadish goes through all the injuries caused by playing over a month's worth of IPL. Hayden and Tendulkar stand out in particular:
All this makes me wonder if talk about international cricket being more
important than the IPL is hogwash. If that indeed were the case,
players wouldn't be risking aggravating injuries when they had
international commitments immediately after the IPL ended.
And Sanjay posts news of the Indian ODI squad while the English counties start panicking over the ECB's trawling for ideas from broadcasters.