Criticism on Twitter
While most people have been raving about IPL and the coverage, commentator David Lloyd has a different take on it all.
Some samples from his Twitter account (@BumbleCricket):
There are only so many times you can see Mr Modi and 'celebs' in a T/20 game ..totally orchestrated
IPL comp is so good ...shame that cricket takes second place on TV
just an observation....interviews on boundary during play does not work ....trust me
always enjoy it but tough watching over here ....no flow to coverage ....ads....daft pitchside interviews!!!
...IPL is fantastic ..but on tv it is a glorified long advert ...
never met Mr Modi ..is he a decent chap ?
who is Shilp Shetty ? she/he keeps getting mentioned
As KKR is falling in the points table, Shahrukh Khan (@iamsrk) is Tweeting more about films. But he still gives this gem:
find the hindi commentary on ipl matches very funny.sirf ek run liya...gir gaye...unki patloon bhi gandi ho gayi...lekin koi fayda nahin. Ha
Preity Zinta (@realpreityzinta) shows that her humour is intact despite KXIP being at the bottom of the table by retweeting the following Tweet:
only 1 wining formula left for u.tke mayawati as coach and mke mulaymsing as captn & lalu as vice captain. ...
Ok guys ! as much as i love you all i think we are over dosing on the cricket ! So ..... anything else is welcome ....
The Original Premier League
While comparing the IPL to the English Premier League, people just talk of money. It's as if nothing else matters.
What about comparing the dictatorship of IPL versus the democracy of EPL?
In the EPL, the 20 member clubs are all shareholders and get one vote each. These clubs elect the chairman, CEO and the directors of the EPL. Can you imagine that happening in India?
Maybe that's also due to the fact that the EPL has been around for more than 100 years and hence, has reached a certain level of maturity.
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What, No Aussie?
As I write this, here are the ''Top 2'' batsmen in terms of runs: Jacques Kallis (362) and Sachin Tendulkar (314).
In terms of strike rate (Minimum 200 runs): Yusuf Pathan (179) and Virendra Sehwag (177). The bowlers are M Muralitharan and Amit Mishra (11 each).
The most economic bowlers are (Minimum 25 overs) Anil Kumble (5.28) and Muralitharan (6.15). Most catches: Y Pathan and Suresh Raina (6 each).
What, no Aussie in the list?
It’s mostly Indians, even in fielding. It looks as if the Aussie stranglehold in IPL is finally crumbling. Even the top two teams (in terms of wins) are Mumbai Indians (6) and Delhi Daredevils (5), both led by Indians.
So will an Indian finally lift the IPL trophy?
IPL over country
People have been talking of Tests getting extinct, but that doesn't seem to be happening.
One thing is happening though is that Test cricketers have started to get extinct.
Andrew Symonds stopped playing cricket at the age of 33. IPL must have been a factor.
It's been more than two years since Adam Gilchrist played a Test. Looking at his batting, wicket-keeping and captaincy in the IPL one wonders why. He is still in the prime of his game.
Surveys in England and Australia have shown that a large chunk of cricketers would choose the IPL over their country if ever they were put in that position.
A thought echoed by several international cricketers like Daniel Vettori. Right now, the IPL lasts under two months. One wonders what would happen to international cricket if lucrative club cricket was played 365 days a year.
One would have thought that the IPL would be more easygoing when it comes to fines and disciplinary action considering the whole spirit of the tournament.
But more than half of the captains have been slapped match fines ranging between $20,000 and $50,000! That's like the annual package of a senior executive.
K Sangakkara has already been banned for a match and Sachin Tendulkar is in danger of following suit over the over rates.
And of course there's Harbhajan Singh, who just refuses to get off the Fine Charts. He was fined $15,000 recently for an on-field outburst.