It's that time of the year again. The culmination of everything we have done and worked so hard for this whole season. The grand finale is here and it is time to celebrate the eight teams who have managed to stay alive in a hyper competitive and brutal of a RR2. The rains and washed out weekends made it even more brutal and like they say, toughest ones have made it to the finals.
Chennai, those perennial hot favorites are going to appear in the Platinum finals for the second time. So Are the super exciting boys from Sahara. Gentlemen we have a repeat of the 2015 Regular Season Finals. Incredible talent of Chennai fueled by the smartest Cricket brain of Sir. Singampalli, ever miserly Wilson bowling overs after overs, years of big game experience will ensure these guys are a treat to watch.
Not much needs to be mentioned about Sahara.. They are by far one of the most exciting teams we have had in a while. Their supremely talented, fast and furious bowlers led by Tariq combined with batsmen with devil-may-care attitude lead by Badar Munir, Hamid Khan, add a fantastic Wicket keeper to the mix and they will be the perfect match for Chennai. With Sayed Zia back in full flow, We will probably get one of the finest Platinum finals especially considering they have their best team available for the finals.
Syndicate CC have been a loyal CricBay team since March of 2006 and will play their First ever finals in any division and they start their quest with Gold finals. They will face talented United CC who are also playing their first Gold finals (bu their third CricBay final). Arjun Bhatia has been in sizzling form with batting and bowling numbers to back it up (and first entry into CricBay Allstar team) ably supported by a bunch of batsmen. Any team that has Virag Parekh and Sagar Nataraj can never be taken lightly. On the other hand, Syndicate CC are led inform Sudeep and Venkatesh Satrawada who had lead their batting charts, have taken tons of wickets between them and are the Captain and VC of the team. Looking at the stats. both teams boast no super stars but 11 able players who have the ability and confidence to "win the game as a team" without depending on any one. I would count on super over during the Gold finals :-)
Top Guns will play their Second Silver finals (They won the first one they played) . They will face Steelers (who had to beat the mighty Extreme XI) will play their first CricBay finals in the very first year of their entry into CricBay. Steelers have been a revelation this season, had to beat some of the toughest teams to get here but will now have to get past Abhinav Bobba and the super talented Top Guns.. This is going to be another nail-biter of a winners-take-all game.
Seamers will will fight it out with Phoenix for Bronze trophy.. This could very well have been a platinum or gold game and that should tell you the talent these two teams possess.
It goes without saying, 8 of the very best teams from their divisions have worked hard, focussed throughout a highly competetive season, managed to survie rained out weekend, stayed consistent and reached their pinnacle.
As always, we will have a good lunch catered by Swagat..