Anyway, I'd prefer not to dwell further on Sachin's brain-fart in keeping Pollard out too late, so let's see how my pre-season predictions fare against the final positions.
Team My Prediction Final position
Kolkata Knight Riders 6th 6th
Rajasthan Royals 8th 7th
Deccan Chargers 3rd 4th
Kings XI Punjab 5th 8th
Chennai Super Kings Runner-up Champs
Delhi Daredevils Champs 5th
Royal Challengers Bangalore 4th 3rd
Mumbai Indians 5th Runner-up
Not too bad, my KKR foresight was spot-on, and my major miscalculations were about Punjab, Delhi and Mumbai. Oh well.
Players whose stock rose include: Murali Vijay, Saurabh Tiwary, Naman Ojha, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, T Suman, Michael Lumb, Vinay Kumar, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Harmeet Singh (as a legspinner), Rusty Theron, Iqbal Abdulla.
Special mention: Umesh Yadav consistently hit the 140 kph mark. How long until he becomes a 130-er who bowls short? I guess he's lucky not to be in the spotlight.
Players who sank (and stank): Manish Pandey, Yuvraj Singh, Matthew Hayden, Yusuf Pathan (to some extent), Adam Gilchrist (too many quickfire 15's and ducks), Ishant Sharma, Sanath Jayasuriya, Manpreet Gony, Sudeep Tyagi, RP Singh, T Dilshan.
And that's a wrap, on to the World Cup.