The Indian Premier League (IPL) gets a lot of flak from all quarters and even some people say that it is not real cricket. Some even have said that IPL is killing test cricket. Also some allegations of corruption has also surfaced, but the truth is that, IPL has been a great addition to India’s sporting landscape.
IPL is wildly popular and has endured to become a stronger & a more established brand. It also had its’ share of Up’s & Downs but the fact of the matter is it is here to stay.
IPL overall has been a great addition to India’s landscape and has ushered the dawn of the new century and it deserves our respect completely. Here are a few things that IPL needs to be given credit fo
It has put Indian sports leagues on the top of the world map
Though it features only 8 teams and has a run of 56 days from start to finish, it has a very high profile and brings in a lot of money. It is by far one of the best cricket leagues in the world and steadily catching up with other sports in US and Europe namely the English Premier League in football & NBA in Basket ball. The benefits of IPL reaches everyone from the billionaire team owner’s, to the humble rickshaw driver and to the snack shop owner near the stadium.
It generates economic opportunities to a lot of people across all spectrum
Players with humble backgrounds, who otherwise would struggle to make a living are paid handsomely well. There is an excellent business for travel & hospitality providers, media & marketing agencies and specially sports management companies. To name a few players like Jasprit Bumrah who is currently the no 1 bowler in the world, have actually come from a very humble background and the rise of IPL has catapulted him to stardom.
Talent across the world come to India to showcase their skills
Here India becomes a destination and suddenly the aspirations for a whole generation of budding cricketers across the world becomes a reality. It also gives a chance to our domestic indian cricketers to play alongside the best in the world. Its like saying a pure domestic player like Sanju Samson is being able to play shoulder to shoulder with Ben Stokes, the charismatic all rounder of England.
It has opened doors to other sporting leagues
Since the start of IPL, multi franchise leagues for other sports have mushroomed like anything namely Kabbadi (PKL), Football (ISL), Badminton (PBL). The kind of money that IPL has earned has given investors confidence to invest in these other sports as well. This has led to a great and increased sporting culture in India.
It is Uniting India beyond ethnic lines
Just imagine an indian team captain MS Dhoni hailing from Ranchi and captaining the CSK franchise based out of Chennai, has been hailed as a Demi-God by his supporters in chennai and very fondly called as “Thala” or a leader. A West Indian cricketer Andre Russel is turning out to be a crowd favorite for the KKR fans. Ravichandran Ashwin is the captain of KXIP team although hailing from Chennai is loved by the crowds. This shows that with the advent of IPL, rivalries have become geographic & not ethnic.
So lets all enjoy this extravaganza called as the IPL with batting, bowling and fielding performances which are world class and let us all get entralled with the close contests and power hitting by our very own players