This Summer – WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT

Cricket

The pace of life nowadays is so fast that people are always looking for an outlet to divert their minds from the travails of day to day life. What better option than SPORTS. Not only this is the summer season but also the season of IPL (Indian Premier league for cricket). IPL is getting huge every season with more and more international players joining the league. As always Chennai Super Kings start as the favorites this season. Not far behind are the Kolkata Knight Riders and the all-time strong Mumbai Indians. This season has already seen so many nail biting finishes and this is how it is expected to go till the business end of the season. Even though IPL is a grand success in many countries still cricket boards like England cricket board are hesitant to send its players to this event. Another controversy in IPL this year is the ban of Sri Lankan players in Chennai. This was after the Tamil Nadu government passed a rule because of the Tamil Eelam issue. This evoked a lot of reactions since the IPL governing body did not request its franchises but ordered them not to field Sri Lankan players in Chennai.

Not only IPL is ruling the roost, but the biggest football league in the world, the English Premier league is also heading for an exciting finish. It is almost certain that the Red devils Manchester United will win their record 20th premier league title. They are just one win away from the title. They are expected to play Aston villa tonight which most fans are expecting as the match which will give their 20 th title.

The Reds have been fantastic this season courtesy their big singing Van Persie from Arsenal. Even though Manchester United have been firing on all cylinders in the premier league, their form outside it is a concern for its fans. In the Champions League, they faced a shocking defeat to the arch rivals Real Madrid. Not only Manchester united but defending champions Chelsea were also ousted in early rounds. The Champions League has now reached the semi-finals stage where the Spanish giants Madrid and Barcelona have Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich for company. The big spending neighbors of the Red devils have had a very disappointing season with their only consolation being the hope of clinching the FA cup. They will be facing Wigan athletic and everyone expect Manchester city to clinch the FA cup. Other news in the cricketing front is the revenge taken by the Indian cricket team against the Aussies. The Indian tigers trounced the Aussies 4- 0, the same scoreline by which Indian team faced defeat when they toured down under. The Aussies succumbed to the spin power of the Indian bowling.

Not only Australia but their arch rivals England also had a very difficult time in New Zealand. But The English somehow managed to draw the series 1-1 with the help of a last day fighting draw in the final test.

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