Whichever way one examines the event there is little doubt that the IPL struck the right chords around the country.
The IPL was also closely followed by cricket fans all over the world what with the cash-rich tournament having a truly international touch.
Also keeping a tab on it were administrators who see Twenty20 as the gameÂs future.
On the eve of the tournament Sachin Tendulkar predicted that the IPL would be a super-hit and indeed the IPL caught the public fancy in this country like few events in the past.
Everywhere you went, the discussion among cricket enthusiasts Â and even those having only a passing interest in the game Â centered round various aspects of the IPL. The fact that film stars, prominent industrialists and media barons were among the franchisees added more than a touch of glamour while the astronomical amount of money involved was the subject of much debate.
Various opinion polls focused on the large number of women followers among the millions of TV viewers and also significant according to the pollsters was that the IPL scored over the soap operas as also Shah RukhÂs game show Kya Aap Panchvi Paas Se Tez Hai.
Image: Bollywood actress Preity Zinta (R) gestures while I.S Bindra looks on during the launch of the IPL`s Kings XI cricket team in Mohali.