The facepalm: What the opening ceremony started, Shah Rukh Khan continued in fine fashion. Be it smoking in the stadium, or picking up a drunken tussle with the cops at the Wankhede, or be it his inebriated celebrations post the victory - they were all just embarrassing to watch. One would think that after the monumental disaster that was Ra.One, the man would pipe down a little. Afraid not.
The most pathetic thing about the IPL: The advertising. Things actually got off to a good start, because the IPL's own advertisement was quite magnificent. But then, things went downhill faster than Saurav Ganguly's IPL credentials. Starting with Vodafone's set of undecipherable monstrosities, we then went over to fellow telecom giant Idea’s nonsense starring Abhishek Bachchan in heaven. There was no respite from other sections as well, with Pepsi's annoying 'Aat rupay' and Kingfisher showing that with money, they could make the best of cricket legends into mockeries. Thank goodness for Flipkart, Tata Docomo and Dairy Milk - they salvaged Indian advertising’s reputation.
The sad sight: Legends clearly out of place. Be it Adam Gilchrist, Rahul Dravid or Saurav Ganguly - each of them were out of place. It’s sad to note that our last cricketing memory of sublime talents like these was in the IPL. Especially Dravid – he of the masterpieces at Headingley, Adelaide and Joburg, being seen to slog. Painful.