Finally, the Championship has come back to Hyderabad.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, like the Terminator regenerating from its molten state, like a Hydra regenerating at the very spot where its head has been cut off, our team came back from the dead to reach the top.
The Hyderabad team, under the guise Deccan Chargers had won ILP2 in 2009 (after finishing last in 2008).
But then everything went kaput.
The owners went bankrupt and the franchise went into the gutter.
In 2011, we finished 7th out of 10 and the following year 8th out of 9.
In 2012, the IPL governing body kicked the team out.
The days were dark, the nights darker.
But then Kalanidhi Maran, the head of the Sun Networks bid for a new team.
And thus came Sunrisers Hyderabad.
And after 4 long years, we have finally done it.
And we did it in style.
In many ways, this was the most competitive IPL of them all.
There were 6 teams as good as each other vying for the 4 spots till the very last match.
We barely managed to be one of those.
Then we had to beat 2 of the best teams in the competition within 3 days to just enter the finals.
First we defeated Kolkata Knight Riders and then the Gujarat Lions.
And so the scene was set for the finals against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
A team with Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers and Chris Gayle…..the 3 best batsmen on the planet in the shorter formats of the game….
With Shane Watson and Chahal, the 2nd and 3rd highest wicket takers in the tournament…
In their home ground the Chinnaswamy….
Well, it was their city, their stadium
El Capitan David Warner won the toss, declared “You want some, come get some” and chose to bat.
There’s throwing down the gauntlet and then there’s Throwing Down the Gauntlet.
It was a decision taken with immense testicular fortitude.
We started off well, then Dhawan had a brain fart as usual, we continued well, then totally lost the plot, and then Ben provided a Cutting edge at the end.
Then, as is the rule, Chris Gayle came back to form.
For a time it looked like the match was over.
But then Gayle went, and then Virat went.
And the choke happened.
Bhuvi was superb. The others played their part.
And we won by 8 runs.
Talk about miracles!!!!!
With the able guidance of Tom Moody, Murali and VVS Laxman, these are the heroes who scripted history
1. Shikhar Dhawan Indian
2. Yuvraj Singh Indian
3. Ashish Nehra Indian
4. Karn Sharma Indian
5. Bhuvneshwar Kumar Indian
6. Naman Ojha Indian
7. Bipul Sharma Indian
8. Ricky Bhui Indian
9. Ashish Reddy Indian
10. Siddharth Kaul Indian
11. Deepak Hooda Indian
12. Aditya Tare Indian
13. Barinder Singh Sran Indian
14. Vijay Shankar Indian
15. Abhimanyu Mithun Indian
16. Tirumalasetti Suman Indian
17. Mustafizur Rahman Overseas
18. Ben Cutting Overseas
19. David Warner (Captain) Overseas
20. Eoin Morgan Overseas
21. Kane Williamson Overseas
22. Moises Henriques Overseas
23. Trent Boult Overseas
Warner was truly Captain Fantastic. What a transformation!!
Its like CM Punk’s face turn.
Go baby go Orange Army
Thanks guys for making this miserable old sod happy for a night.