It certainly was the happening event of the decade. Nothing caught the imagination of the game's followers more than the Indian Premier League, the brainchild of Lalit Modi, the BCCI vice president. He has been called anything from megalomaniac dictator to publicity-monger to dynamic visionary.
Certainly he is admired and reviled in equal measure but there is little doubt that the IPL, a multi million, football style, franchise based domestic league which Modi conceived and executed with spectacular success has hurtled cricket into the fast lane. The inaugural edition held last year confirmed India's position as cricket's economic powerhouse. The shift to South Africa for the second edition in no way denuded this.
Indian cricket and Modi still remain numero uno in their own ways. Indeed the shift to South Africa for reasons everyone knows enhanced Modi's administrative skills besides making the IPL truly international. When one considers the sheer logistics and the prohibitive cost involved with such a move it certainly is a big tribute to Modi's ability of getting things done.
He certainly created an opportunity out of adversity. Moreover, the shift to South Africa made the IPL truly international in more ways than one. The event has not just come to stay but it has also had an enormous influence on the game worldwide what with the glitz and glamour associated with it thanks to the Bollywood touch, the mega bucks and with the world's best players taking part in it in action packed contests.