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Indian Premier League: 5 reasons why it is right to call it India ka Tyohar!

It is beyond any doubt that Indian Premier League- the self proclaimed ‘India ka Tyohaar’ (Festival of India) is a success story. It is a money minting tool for the organizers and participating players; at the same time, it is a dose of adrenaline and excitement to the viewers and fans. Though, marred by various controversies, from match-fixing to public brawls, somehow, IPL resurfaces every year with the same fanfare. Let us leave aside the negative aspects for today and focus on the positives it has brought.


Short-cut to glory

IPL has been a boon to less known or unknown players from different regions. One brilliant knock and a player erupts on the glorious side of fame. Sarfaraz Khan, a 17 year old teenager, hogged the limelight with a single innings of 21-ball 45. It paid off immediately with former England player David Lloyd’s tweet, urging English County teams to rope him in.


Super entertainment in 40 overs

Whether a CEO tired of enduring corporate pressure or a research scholar who has performed failed experiments throughout the day, all need something to cheer them up by dinner time. IPL takes up that perfect slot with 40 overs of non-stop entertainment. So what if rumors of pre-fixed matches prevail. Who cares! Don’t we enjoy scripted movies and plays? Moreover, the sight of cheerleaders dancing on boundaries does cheer up gloomy faces! A tired person just wants some stress buster at the end of the day. IPL succeeds in doing that.

Image: BCCI

No Infidelity issues!

IPL is great for both – fans and general viewers. We all have one or two favorite players in each team. One can enjoy sixes of Chris Gayle in spite of being a supporter of Rajasthan Royals or Chennai Super Kings. This makes IPL unique. And one can always shift sides and start cheering for the winning team. No hard luck involved and always a win-win situation for viewers like me who stays away from fanatics.

Expanse of cricket infrastructure

With the inclusion of more teams, cricket will expand beyond big cities. This will not only provide more opportunity to local lads, but also lead to development of stadium and other infrastructure needed for the expanse of cricket.

Image: BCCL

Progress of other sports

IPL has shown how money minting and sports revolution can be carried out at the same time. The success of IPL is now being emulated in other sports and games. The success of Pro-Kabaddi and Indian Super League (Football) means that the largely neglected players from sports other than cricket can also be rewarded with money and fame. Such forays into more such games will follow soon.

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The Girl who Didn’t know Tendulkar !

Cricket- the religion and the path of solace and nirvana to the sports-nationalists and lovers, has Sachin Tendulkar as its undisputed Indian God. The God who commands enough respect, fan-following and loyalty to bring the nation to a halt. There was a time when television sets would be shut off as soon as Tendulkar would get out.

Such was the craze and such is the dedication for Tendulkar. He could overshadow any batsmen with his skills and innovations and would tear apart any bowling attack on this earth. He pulled the chain of the Rawalpindi express like no other, in this journey of cricket. His shots have been copied, emulated and perfected by his self-declared  disciples all across the globe. The Globe of cricket! The globe of Cricket fans!! The globe of Indian cricket fans!!!

Yes, our world of sports and nationalism starts with cricket and ends on Tendulkar. And in the process, we forgot all other sports and every other sportsman. Let me clarify that I am not blaming Tendulkar for this. This has been our inability. Thousands of sportsmen are lying in apathy of sports governing bodies, waiting for better days while doing every odd job on the actual globe.

A recent article in India Today has mentioned about a few sportsperson in oblivion- Sita sahu, Shanti Devi, Nauri Mundu, Nisha Rani Dutt and S, Santhi. Their condition has been such that they have been forced to work as labourers at brick kilns and sell vegetables. I dare our so called sports enthusiasts and lovers if they ever heard these names. There has also been the case of a sportsperson who had to sell his medals and trophies for survival.

Media too has been responsible for this condition. Since cricket is the only sports that guarantees TRP shoot, media provides extensive coverage. Where do national hockey and rural kabbadi stand against even the IPLs!

Let us have a look at the actual global scenario of sports and compare them with cricket. Where does cricket stand against Football, Tennis, Rugby, Athletics, Gymnastics and so on. The greatest sporting event, Olympics doesn’t have anything close to cricket and our performance there is really commendable!! Ongoing FIFA World Cup has shown what the people on Globe care and know about, if it comes to sports. Half the world doesn’t even know about cricket and then to expect a Sharapova or a Rooney to know about a Tendulkar is a bit too much. I don’t know how to justify pouncing upon Sharapova on social media.

As an editorial in the Indian Express states- “now at least Sharapova is unlikely to ever forget Tendulkar, or deny knowing him. Mission accomplished, perhaps — except that for the rest of the sporting fraternity who dare not forget his name, Tendulkar will forever remain that guy that Sharapova didn’t know”.

-Piyush Kaviraj

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