ipl gains

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 May 2018 10:38:20

THE gravity-defying boundary catch by ace South African cricketer AB de Villiers on May 18 playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament in Bengaluru, was aptly described by RCB and India Captain Virat Kohli as “Spiderman stuff.” And by the end of this IPL season such stories of exemplary cricketing acrobatics will be written. It is this kind of extraordinary effort by the players that attracts throngs of crowds to the grounds to watch IPL games and keeps the audience glued to the TV sets. It is not for nothing that corporate bodies are pumping in so much money into this Indian innovation in cricket. That also is attracting hordes of past and present cricketers and experts from all over the world, as if it is some kind of a Kumbha Mela. 


The IPL is, in fact, turning out to be a Mahakumbha Mela for international cricketers. It is a gift the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given to the world and cricket lovers all over the world are savouring this bonanza like that of the World Cup football or several other international football leagues. While the BCCI, no doubt, has turned the IPL into a cash cow and is duly and adequately sharing the riches with the players, the IPL also opened the doors for domestic cricketers to rub shoulders with superstars of international cricketers. This is having a very positive effect on the quality of cricket being played.

Players are not afraid of making innovations while batting and fielding and even bowling. The comment of rejected English player Moeen Ali that he hopes his game will improve after his stint in the IPL and be ready for recall by the English Cricket Board for the forthcoming India tour, shows how players from across the world have begun to value their participation in the IPL, not only moneywise but also careerwise. This is because newer techniques are employed by cricketers to improve their performance. There are instances of astounding and stand-out fielding acrobatics by players and out-of-the-book batting practices going much beyond the classicist approach to batting.

The Twenty20 format certainly has impacted the way cricket is played in modern days. Even Test cricket has been positively impacted by it. Batting in Test matches is no longer drudgery of a slow motion picture. Even in Tests, players are batting in style of one-dayers or Twenty20. That is one reason why Tests have become more result-oriented than in the past when Test matches would meander into dull draws and would drive spectators to sleep. Thus, the shorter formats in fact hold the prospect of reviving the spectator interest in Test cricket as well. Of course there is scope for innovation.