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IPL stars leaving for international commitments

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Join Date: 4/23/2008
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Posted: 4/30/2008 9:10:52 PM

All the hype and hoopla that had taken place during the IPL player auctions had resurfaced when the players got down to the actual playing part of the IPL. Thank God there is actually going to be some cricket to engross the audience.

In almost every case, it is quality that matters, not quantity. Likewise, in the IPL, it was the quality of the players that determined how well they played, not how much money they were paid. For Chennai, Hayden and Hussey who were picked up for a collective 725,000 dollars played as good as they ever could. They have been instrumental in the side's unblemished record in the league so far. Jaipur have fed greatly off the services of Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson, not their most expensive player Mohammed Kaif.

Punjab too will be missing the firepower of Brett Lee whose explosive bowling could have caused considerable problems to the opposition. Kolkata will find themselves short of pyrotechnics at the top as Brendon McCullum has returned to international duty with New Zealand's tour of England. Bangalore must have thanked their lucky stars numerous times when Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor would walk out to save the team the blushes in almost every game; surprisingly, he had been snapped up for just 100,000 dollars. He too will be joining compatriot McCullum on the tour.

The IPL's second most expensive player, Andrew Symonds of the Deccan Chargers will also be sorely missed. With his explosive batting, tight fielding and stump to stump bowling, he could've easily led his team straight to the semi-finals but unluckily for his franchise, both Symonds and his all-rounder twin Scott Styris are set to leave on International duty.

With most of the headline grabbers out of the tournament, this is probably the best opportunity for the youngsters to prove that they are worth their salt.

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