The previous five editions of IPLs between them had two matches being decided in a Super Over, a one-over-per-side eliminator.
The first IPL match to go into the Super Over was Royals Vs KKR match in IPL 2 played at Cape Town. In the next edition of the IPL a match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings went into the Super Over at Chennai. However, in the current edition before the 22nd match was played, we have had 2 matches going into the Super Over and both of them involving RCB.
And RCB have had mixed luck with losing the first one and winning the other.
A 40-over game may not be too long when compared to the traditional Test format or, the now out of favour ODI format. However, a 40-over game is good enough to iron out most inconsistencies by batsmen or bowlers. And being inconsistent is unpardonable in a Super Over.
Seen in this light, it is very ruthless to expect a batsman to hit all six balls in an over or a single bowler to bowl six great balls. The unfortunate result is that the team which gathers steam rolls over the other.
This probably explains the bizarre decisions involved in playing out Super Over or the reactions of the players to games decided in the Super Over.
It leads to only one conclusion - cricketing skills or the pedigree or the past records do not matter when it comes to those precious 6 balls, it is really the momentum you have had in the last few hours which matter. It also explains why Vinay Kumar bowled the Super Over in the Sunrisers encounter and why Ravi Rampaul bowled the one in the DD encounter, albeit, with different results.
The Super Over in the encounter between DD and RCB is a classic evidence of the above. To begin with, when Umesh Yadav conceded 3 runs off 4 balls (a majority of which were full deliveries) all seemed lost for RCB and Umesh Yadav was looking like the star of the evening. It only needed two good length deliveries for the tables to turn, ABD connected both of them and turned out to be the star.
Ravi Rampaul started with a bang and got rid of Warner but Irfan Pathan almost won it for the Daredevils with his power-play. The tables again turned in favour of the Royal Challengers Rampaul bowling the DDs out in the last ball (mind out you have only two dismissals in the Super Over).
If you note, the fortunes turned no less than 5 times between the teams in a span of 12 deliveries. Another point to ponder over is for the batting team, the Super Over rests on three chosen batsmen, however when the team is bowling, the entire burden rests on one single bowler. You can be Ravi Rampaul to get 2 wickets in an over or another day be Vinay Kumar and get hit for 20 runs in the Super Over.
A Super Over may be the ultimate entertainment for the spectators but it is not very fair on the players involved in a closely-fought encounter. It is way too stressful for the player in the middle and this was the view expressed by AB De Villiers... who does want to be part of another Super Over!!
Having said all of this, when has IPL (or T20 for that matter) been that of or for the players (and specially bowlers)... it has always been for the viewers and for entertainment and the Super Over is a very integral part of that scheme!
First Published On : Apr 18, 2013 16:55 IST