An extra stretch to win
Twenty-20 is not all about the lusty sixes and the spanking fours. It's also about every single run being saved to ensure that when it gets too close for comfort, the runs saved become the runs scored to win.
Twenty-20 is not all about the lusty sixes and the spanking fours. It's also about every single run being saved to ensure that when it gets too close for comfort, the runs saved become the runs scored to win. (AFP Images)
Commitment to the sport has never been in doubt when the man in question has been this Chennai skipper. Behind the stumps or somewhere around it, MS Dhoni has been as energetic on the field as any other in his team.
Keiron Pollard has been known for his all-round skills. That is batting, bowling and now, fielding as well. He has been superb on the boundary ropes for the Mumbai Indians.
His team may have lost seven matches on the trot but Harpreet Singh shows Pune Warriors have no commitment lacking on the field.
Another side that refuses to give up despite now being out of contention for the title is the Delhi Daredevils. Roelof Erasmus van der Merwe shows what each run in each match means to him and his side.
A good hand with the bat and an excellent fielder is how most would describe S Badrinath of the Chennai Super Kings. Here he chases the ball despite eventually losing the race.
There is a reason aside from good batting and deadly bowling that has put the Knights in the top-half of the points table. It's their fielding. Diving around is never too rare as Sarabjit Ladda shows, attempting to grab a catch.
So as boundaries and sixes attempt to steal the limelight in IPL, every single saved or scored (ask a diving Ambatti Rayudu in pic) counts for as much to determine success.