In its fourth year, the IPL has not lost any of its glitz and glamour. One thought that the controversies which led to the ouster of the chairman Lalit Modi would somewhat dim the lustre surrounding the tournament but it remains as eye-catching as ever.
It was also felt that being staged immediately after the World Cup would act as a dampener for cricket fans would have had their plates full. On the contrary, the appetite of Indian cricket fans appears to be insatiable. Going by what one has seen over the first couple of weeks of IPL-4, its popularity has not waned one bit.
Matches have been well attended, fans have been glued to the TV yet again and wherever you go, the discussion is no more on the World Cup but all about the Super Kings and the Knight Riders, the Royals and the Chargers, the Warriors and the Tuskers.
Yes, it is still a big stage that attracts considerable attention all round the cricketing world and that is why outstanding performances in the IPL garner a lot of attention. Over the past three editions, while the superstars of world cricket have made their presence felt, it is the performance of the little known players that has caught the public imagination.
It is always heartening to see a young or comparatively unknown cricketer make his mark in exalted company and the format of the IPL has given them adequate opportunities to showcase their talent.Image: Lalit Modi flanked by Vijay Mallya and N Srinivasan before his fall from grace
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