Illustration by Satish Acharya
The novel coronavirus was engineered in Wuhan lab, virologists and conspiracy theories claim. As the world continues to grapple against the stranglehold of the deadly virus these theories continue to evoke suspicions without any definite proof.
Virologists aside, social media has given voice to one and all. Thus there are theories on such platforms which claim the IPL 2020 is scripted show. Of course, it doesn't take any research to jump the gun and come to a conclusion depending on the outcome of the match, even though it identifies the claimers as nothing short of morons.
Sunday was a perfect day for this brand of people. Because it was SUNDAY! A double-header in the IPL 2020 and both moved to the Super Over. There couldn't have been a better occasion, for these detractors, to flock in numbers and claim that the lucrative tournament is scripted. Since it has produced two consecutive Super Over clashes for the first time in 13 years.
Breaking the myth: Quite simply!
Mayank Agarwal made a ferocious save on the ropes, which will go down in history as the finest, to deny Mumbai Indians a certain six. Think again - can such an outrageous effort be scripted?
Some consider IPL matches as movies without the name of the producers, directors or scriptwriters displayed at the beginning of end of the show. Wonderful!
Let us make it simpler to break this myth, since their understanding doesn't serve them right and have held them hostage in a bubble.
Consider this: Script a gully cricket game. 10 overs per side. Select your player or actors you may say. Script a game, which includes some unbelievable six-hitting, saves on the ropes, relay catches, instant emotions and passion to help a side win or change in captaincy if the team is not performing well.
Then come to a conclusion....
IPL has become the most-anticipated tournament after the 50-over World Cup only due to the quality of cricket it produces.
Veterans, retired and youngster across the globe come out in numbers to make the tournament special. Moreover, the platform has often been seen as a ladder for domestic talents to break into the national team.
Proven talents like Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini once gave it their all to his stage to eventually represent India. Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal might well be in the reckoning for his brilliance in the IPL 2020.
It takes time and efforts for players to achieve their dreams unlike a tweet without the understanding of the game.
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