“When I first arrived in Mohali for the competition I didn’t know what to expect. I don’t think any player did. Fireworks, cheerleaders, and loud music were all gimmicks that westerners were used to, but how would they go in India?...I was only able to play four games for the Kings XI before I had to link up with the Australian team for a tour of the West Indies.
I experienced enough during those matches to be confident the IPL was going to help shape the future of International cricket. It was a pioneering T20 tournament that is now being mirrored by other countries across the world. T20 is definitely here to stay because it’s what the crowd wants. It’s full-on action with a party atmosphere under lights for three hours...
Apart from playing, one of the things I loved about the IPL was the cross-section of cultures in the competition...It was fantastic to spend time with guys I’d played against internationally yet didn’t really know. I hope it doesn’t sound strange to say it was wonderful to hug the guys when we celebrated wickets or wins. In bringing us together, the IPL also brought cricket together”
Image: Brett Lee of Kings XI Punjab delivers a ball against Deccan Chargers during an IPL match