The first edition of IPL has been a tremendous hit. The brain child of Lalit Modi who struck the chord at the right time when most Indians enjoy their summer vacation . The tournament has become extremely popular with the biggest names playing with each other. On the whole its pure entertainment. This is the period when the box office fares well with big budget releases lined up with carrying the burden of enormous expectations from the fans. During this vacation, most people go to watch movies. Because of the advent of IPL, the profits sunk by 40 %. On the other hand, the cash rich BCCI ( Board of Control for Cricket in India) is becoming richer.
IPL had its share of controversies and the first one that comes to my mind was the Sreesanth Bhajji slapping incident when Sreesanth broke down on the field . The video footage showed that former Indian Team manager Mr. Lalchand Rajput clapped when Harbhajan slapped Sree. Another reason was that Preity Zinta , the owner of Mohali franchise refused to hug Sreesanth after their win against Mumbai Indians. But Harbhajan and Sreesanth were always in the news, mostly for wrong reasons.
The first round of matches have come to an end and the big names like Dhoni, Ganguly, Dravid didnt justify their price tag. The much anticipated domestic players like S.Badrinath and few others did not live up to the expectations. But it was the Pathan Brothers both Irfan and Yusuf who came good when their team needed them the most and delivered the goods when it mattered the most.
The high profile teams like Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians didnt show their real mettle. But surprisingly, It is the much underestimated and low profile Rajasthan Royals team captained and coached by spin wizard Shane Warne that stood ahead in the Race.
Ganguly’s attitude was again questioned when Shane Warne blasted a few verbal blows in front of the media and added to the wrath was Umar Gul making statements against his captain. Time for franchise owner Shah Rukh Khan to sit with his guys and settle the matter rather than making frequent visits to France, UK for his personal obligations.
But the atmosphere in each match is electrifying with loads of entertainment. IPL I believe will go a long way . The next edition promises to be more entertaining as BCCi is coming to terms with ECB regarding Player agreements.