Now that the ICC World Cup is over, we are all game for another mega show of world cricket called IPL. Players of feuding countries are now friends and bowl to players of their own country or smash balls of their own bowlers. Nevertheless, IPL has become the mother of every shorter version of the game. With the amount of glamour and glitz attached to it, everyone wants to be a part of the spectacle. Let alone the amount of funds pumped into the event. Just the other day I checked the availability of tickets for the Feroze Shah Kotla match between Delhi Dare Devils and Mumbai Indians, but amazed to find every ticket being sold out, barring a few upscale ones amounting to something more than 14,000 grands.
However, IPL is sheer entertaining with high decibel fun and electrifying atmosphere pervading the whole stadium. It is impossible not to get affected by this annual cricket carnival. The presence of bigwigs, glam models, bollywood fraternity and last but not the least the cheer girls (providing the oomph factor) all add to the magic of IPL. It is tempting to see all world-class players in a single frame. Cricket is no longer played out in the fields; it permeates through the gallery, the dressing room and the nonchalant big shot spectator with the likes of Khans-Mallyas-Padukons (just know that P is my fav) and every who’s who of the sub-continent.
Unlike the ICL, which turned out to be a dud (not sure whether it was a forced ouster), IPL is here to stay and entertain us for a couple of months every year. So, tune in to this biggest show on earth at the moment and lap up every moment of it.