There certainly was no lack of intensity or preparation and the IPL was deadly serious stuff. Winning mattered to every member of the eight participating teams.
The IPL was not just about glitz and glamour, dancing girls and more Bollywood than cricket.
There was a lot in it even for the serious cricket follower and underneath the razzle-dazzle there was no shortage of methodical planning, tactical thinking or matters of strategy.
The IPL was a boon not only for Indian cricketers but also for cricketers all over the world.
Many of the youngsters seen in action for the various teams were languishing at the domestic level before participation in the IPL guaranteed them a wider audience and some of them went on to become household names.
To be candid had anyone heard of Manpreet Gony, Swapnil Asnodkar, Ashok Dinda, Yo Mahesh, Pragyan Ojha, Abhishek Nayar and Wriddhiman Saha before the IPL commenced? Yet through sheer force of performance they are now familiar names in cricketing circles.
Not at all overawed by the big names they were up against, they batted and bowled fearlessly and with a lot of enthusiasm.
By the end of the tournament, they were the subject of TV interviews, feature stories in leading newspapers and the cricket websites went to town about their exploits.
Ojha and Gony forced their way into the Indian team and the presence of so many promising young players underlined the bench strength of the Indian team.
Image: Rajasthan RoyalsÂ’ Asnodkar seen here during the IPL final against the Chennai Super Kings.