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Indian Premier League - a damp squib?

Filed under: Sports by Hari
Posted on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 08:25 IST (last updated: Sun, May 24, 2009 @ 19:17 IST)

I know it's still early days for the IPL and I shouldn't judge it prematurely, but somehow, after months of hype and hoopla, I had a shrewd (well, not so shrewd) instinct that the actual matches would be something of a let down. Understandly, the first couple of matches haven't really captured my imagination.

In my view, the IPL has some big disadvantages compared to the ICL which really drew me in despite the lack of official recognition, big names and sponsorship. And many people I've spoken to have expressed the same feelings, which leads me to believe that I'm not alone in my assessment.

Some factors counting against the IPL:

I'm aware that all these are subjective issues, and I fully acknowledge that my opinions might be completely out of sync with reality, though. :|

9 comment(s)

  1. I am almost ignorant on happenings related to cricket but by and large agree with your views.

    Comment by Shrinidhi hande (visitor) on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 @ 09:28 IST #
  2. Shrinidhi, I can understand how people who don't like cricket will have one more reason to hate it because of the IPL. Really, even cricket fans might become sick of it all soon enough.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 @ 09:40 IST #
  3. yes... :yes:

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 @ 12:08 IST #
  4. Hari, all said and done, I think we'll be enjoying the contest better between players who are currently on the international circuit than retired players or second-rate players. That, I believe, is the single most important reason that the IPL has better media attention as well as public attention.

    Comment by Sudipta Chatterjee (visitor) on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 @ 21:55 IST #
  5. Sudipta, such an attraction is short lived. I am already bored of seeing the international players. While there might be a novelty factor for a short time it will disappear quickly.

    Unless the local players really play well and make a name for themselves, I'm afraid the IPL will be a flop. The presence of international players is merely icing on the cake. The cake still has to exist, though.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Tue, Apr 22, 2008 @ 10:08 IST #
  6. I agree with all your points. After all the hype I have been left curiously empty by it thus far. I always felt it would be a little hard to identify with the teams and the names (me being an Australian), but nonetheless I'm a little disappointed.

    The mencoder GUI is a nice idea, by the way. Just one thought: learn PyQt. ;)

    Comment by foo (visitor) on Tue, Apr 22, 2008 @ 22:03 IST #
  7. foo, thanks for the comments. It's not just confusing to you, it's confusing to Indians as well, because of the hotch-potch arrangement of the teams.

    Also thanks regarding the mencoder GUI. I don't like QT myself because of its licensing issues.

    And Tkinter was the most cross-platform solution to a GUI available and built into Python. ;)

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 @ 08:44 IST #
  8. I saw the match live from stadium for the first time last saturday... Experience was not impressive...details at blog.

    Comment by Shrinidhi (visitor) on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 @ 18:06 IST #
  9. I read it, Shrinidhi. I'm glad I wasn't tempted to buy a ticket.

    Chepauk Stadium is a furnace at this time of the year (well, at any time of the year, anyway :p) and the ticket price is not worth it.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 @ 18:33 IST #

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