There is a lot of talk around office and elsewhere amongst pals as to how the interest in IPL is waning. How people are now not that excited as the “India Ka Tyohaar” eighth edition has begun. There is an overdose of cricket and there is little quality in watching bowlers being smacked in batting friendly wickets and smaller grounds. The number of blogs and comments that are anti-IPL have become a tad too much and I thought there is a need to explain reasons why folks like us (lets count many of the cricket fans as me) love the IPL and still watch the matches.
– Where do you see so many international stars playing together: IPL is a carnival of cricket. IPL is a tournament that brings together the world’s best talent in the most competitive face-to-face cricket tournaments except the World Cup’s in cricket. Sans the World Cup we rarely have a tournament where all top players converge to play competitively against each other. IPL does that. It brings Virat Kohli and De Villiers playing together against Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma in another. We have Sunil Narine bowling and containing carnaging Chris Gayle. IPL is one tournament that makes your fantasy teams come together. Otherwise how will you explain Brendon McCullum and MS Dhoni batting together in one team?
– IPL brings to us our future set of stars: IPL brings to us modern entertainers. If there was a Sanju Samson last season, there is already a Hooda guy this time and a Surya Kumar Yadav. And then there are amazing bowlers like Sandeep Sharma, Pravin Tambe (his story is amazing) and many more. Had it not been for IPL, these sensational cricketers would have been lost in the slowness of the other domestic tournaments. With the IPL there brashness came to the fore and they developed maturity courtesy playing with the best players globally. IPL allows them a platform to showcase their talent in front of audience that would have never come for a Ranji or a Deodhar trophy match.
– Economical boost for players: This might not be a huge thing for the ivy league cricketers but for cricketers that I spoke of above and for many in the vicinity of the game, IPL has come as a huge economical boost. The amount of employment it has generated is not small and the money around is good enough to inspire and motivate.
– There are high quality mentors and coaches like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten, Jonty Rhodes, etc. An Indian domestic player even if he doesn’t play a single match can learn important aspects of the game like strategy, technique, practice, preparing for a match and much more by just being with the squad.
No sport is perfect. The EPL has had its share of controversies and Italian Serie A had a massive match fixing scandal with their lead club Juventus around. IPL also has seen dark days but a few bad apples and a few ugly days don’t mean the entire tournament is bad. IPL is here to stay and give the fans great quality of cricket and much more to cherish about.