The higher the rise, the harder the fall. Nothing symbolizes this well known adage better than the Lalit Modi story, an episode that encapsulates the best and the worst of Indian cricket. Dynamism and daredevilry, glamour and big money but finally corruption and all that can be sordid about a sport that we all love.
The roller coaster ride of Modi is unparalleled in the history of Indian cricket and future generations will be left gaping in bewilderment when the history of the IPL is chronicled.
The IPL was Modi’s brainchild, a brand he created and for a time he could do nothing wrong. His innovation was hailed as one of the best in the world as far as entertainment value, the glamour quotient and the entire format from the franchisees to the cheerleaders was concerned.