Looking Beyond The Paparazzi That Surrounds The Indian Premier League

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Now in its eighth season, the Indian Premier League never ceases to create buzz, does it? Much has been already talked (and written) about the league. While the ardent cricket lovers couldn’t care less about the IPL, a few people have gone to the extent of hating the league in its entirety. Be it the cheerleaders flashing their moves, the auctions, the sponsors or the set of “Extra Innings”. The IPL has courted controversies since its inception much like a loyal lover.

On-field spats between players like Harbhajan Singh, S. Sreesanth, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Mitchell Starc and Pollard did leave a rather bitter taste in the mouth of the cricket fans. Add to that, the first commissioner of the IPL, Lalit Modi’s life ban, the termination of the Kochi franchisee and worse still, the spot fixing charges. IPL is loaded with too much muck. But, as they say, it is only in the muck that you will find a beautiful lotus growing, IPL too, has its set of pros.

Remaining hugely popular, nevertheless, every IPL match hosts thousands of spectators on the stands. The question of the hour is why do people stay glued to their television sets anticipating each ball that the bowlers have to deliver? The answer is simple.

In the IPL, you get to watch your dream teams play on the field. How else do you think you would get to see Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers playing from the same team, if it was not for the IPL? It is due to this much abhorred league that you got to watch Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasurya opening a match together. Have you begun nodding yet? If not, how about this: while you may not be entirely happy about the IPL, the younger players who get an opportunity to be coached by cricketing legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Jonty Rhodes, Rahul Dravid, thanks to the Indian Premier League, couldn’t complain much.

For a player who has never played in an international match, the mere thought of sharing the dressing room with ace international cricketers is extraordinary. Nothing less than a great learning process, simply interacting and observing the legendary cricketers can boost the domestic players’ morale in leaps and bounds.

That the IPL can be free from controversy is a forlorn dream, yes, but as they say, every coin has two sides. Nothing can be classified in black and white categories, and the IPL is no exception. Let’s look at the gray shades while we survive this season of India ka Tyohaar (India’s festival)!

Sangeeta Purkayastha

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