Believe me it is on the verge of becoming richest and biggest league event in World.
Started on friday , with a grand opening ceremony , as grand as ....it reminded to me as that of BEIJING oylmpics .
With an estimated enterprise value of $2 billion, Indian Premier League (IPL) is the World’s richest cricket tournament. It is one of the most awaited tournaments of the cricketing world. Top players from around the world align themselves to 8 Indian city franchises and sweat it out for 3 hours a day for 2 months.There will be businessmen, politicians, Bollywood stars and starlets, advertisers, audiences and the cheer leaders and 2 months of unlimited Entertainment.
In a country of 1.2 billion people, most of whom are bonkers about cricket, the IPL is a symbol of everything they want India to become-a true global power.
No doubt that Indian Premier League (IPL) is the much viewed game than other sports. It has got the acceptance to the different ages’ people. Millions of people around the world always wait for the new edition of IPL.
India Dominates , we need to be proud of that fact !! IPL rules the cricket world.That is evident enough from the fact that few international players just retired from test cricket to maintain their fitness levels for T20 and other formats . Also The players who are rejected by their respective boards for playing at national level , wait eagerly for earning the QuickBuck here.The importance of IPL to each household is evident from High trp's of IPL matches , and higher investment in ads by companies , truly stated in an ad ,which fits on it exactly , that "There is no bigger Ticket that IPL ticket in india...."
In the Modi era cricketers can earn - pro rata, at least - sums to rival those of their footballing peers in English Premier League.
In 2008 he introduced cheerleaders to the game, causing a storm among conservatives. This year, he forged a deal with Google and YouTube to show live IPL matches online.
Now IPL2010 has been touted as "The World's Hottest Sports League"
by "Peter J. Schwartz" for the magazine "FORBES" , he writes ;
"Two years ago, IPL cricket was a pipe dream. Now it's the fastest-appreciating sports business on Earth."
That's what we all know , but what about its disastrous after effects , especially for test cricket and other sports specially in india. Also the speed at which IPL is becoming popular , is eating away all other international games events like Wimbeldon , Hockey World Cup and many more in India. Though we were lucky this time that Hockey World Cup just finished before the IPL ,The advertisement done in by the sponsor Hero Honda Paid Off , and more luckily it was in india , where Men in Blue with sticks , improved their position in the ultimate battle of sticks , Hockey World Cup proved out to be a high TRP , houseful , profitable event for FIH , otherwise no one would have been dared to notice it. That too compare the money given to each player in IPL and Indian Hockey Players , or other athletes , you will find the money given to each player in ipl is similar to the money given to whole team , sadly and ironically.Whats more disastrous is the attitude , of Indian government towards cricketers and hockey players , where ex hockey players like pillay and more others are even not given the pass to watch HWC in stadium.Moreover the power of Hockey india in FIH is negligible as compared to that of BCCI in ICC , as is evident from the controversial referel system imposed on india in the last knockout match on IND against SA , which lead to a improbable draw for india.
More over just compare the preperation and other teams , (For ex : Australia , who went on to win World Cup today , prepared 128 moves for the final in the 5 hour meeting of thier players and staff yesterday , and it paid off) , as compared to ignorance of Hockey India , which have members who never held a stick in thier life.
Truly Hats off to Australia who is rapidly becoming the pinnacle of each sport whether it is Hockey , Swimming , Cricket , Soccer etc.Thier cutting edge sports machines test the extremes of the sports person produced there.
More the popularity of IPL will increase , more the popularity of other sports will decrease , and India will become Uni Sport nation , and then wish that Cricket would be part of Olympics .Then soon there will be a time where we will study in history about the national sport of india......
" Hockey World Cup"
Still a distant dream for India.
Common Wealth Games also coming in Delhi in Oct , can we put up the similar show as IPL10 , Or at least as Hockey World Cup finished yesterday , is itself a big question to be answered ?