Darren Gough (PA)

It’s not just the money that makes the IPL the dream ticket

By SportUK 27/04/2012 15:10

Over the past five years, I wish I had a pound for every fan or ex-cricketer who said to me the Indian Premier League would have been right up my street.

 

Let me tell you: of course it would be! A million dollars to bowl a maximum of four overs per game over six weeks work! It’s the dream ticket.Sachin Tendulkar in action for the Mumbai Indians (AP Photo)

 

The IPL organisers do a superb job: plenty of razzamatazz, colour and personality which make it a truly spectacular event. Don’t forget about the dancing girls, fireworks and Bollywood stars on show!

 

I reckon all those fans and ex-pros might be correct in thinking I would have loved the whole package of the IPL. Well, one of my many nicknames was ‘Box Office Gough’.

 

I believe India will be the only country that will enjoy continued success with this T20 format. That won’t just be down to the cricket mad culture in India, but also the fact that India is home to some of the richest businessmen around.

 

All they want to do with their spare cash is boost their egos and mix with some of the best cricketers from around the world, so what do they do? Buy their own franchise and the players they want (but probably not who the coach wants).

 

There are nine teams in this year’s IPL with each team playing 16 games. By the time the final is played, there will have been a mammoth 75 matches and, remarkably, most of those games will have been played with huge crowds cheering on their teams.

 

A lot of cynics didn't think the IPL would last but here we are in year five and the tournament is getting bigger and better. Cricketers from around the globe are desperate to get picked up in the auction with a chance to showcase themselves onto the world stage.

 

Players I've spoken to like Ryan ten Doeschate and KP can't praise the IPL enough. They feel that the whole package is a wonderful experience. The improvement it brings to your one day game is obvious to see. Then there’s the improvement to your bank balance of course, let’s not forget that!

 

The downside of the IPL has been certain cricketers have neglected their commitments to their countries in favour of earning megabucks by becoming ‘freelance cricketers’. I'm afraid to say this is going to be the norm in 5-10 years. In some cases players have cut short their Test careers by two or three years to make sure they don't miss the money train.

 

Lasith Malinga, one of the few genuine strike bowlers in the IPL (AP Photo-Rajanish Kakade)Another negative effect of the IPL is the fact that strike bowlers are disappearing from one day cricket. With teams worried about containing the run rate, wicket-taking bowlers are being replaced by part-time dobbers, as we call them up north.

 

Remember it’s the bowlers that win you matches by taking 10 wickets. Where are the genuine pacemen bowling devastating yorkers?

 

In the current IPL, only Lasith Maligna, Brett Lee and Dale Steyn come to mind as bowlers able to rip through batsmen with this delivery, and that’s a concern. It’s also why you’ll see too many sixes smashed off mediocre part-time bowlers.

 

But let’s focus on the positives. In addition to the big shots and the razzmatazz, I feel the IPL has also helped improve the standard of fielding around the world.

 

With so many close games, everyone can see how a run-saving stop can change the result of a match. Fielding is rightly considered as an important skill, making three-dimensional cricketers a must-have in any team.

 

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29/04/2012 10:49
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watching ipl cricket is thrlling.....i love 20/20.
29/04/2012 14:48
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The Cricket is exciting but i think it's down to the most shocking fielding i have ever seen!
30/04/2012 13:01
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Lets hope the public doesn't get too interested, else sky will take this away from all of us who cannot afford their subscripions just like every other worthwhile sporting occasion.

 

Strange how some former international players can no longer "cope" with test cricket, but seem able to stand the rigours and exertions of IPL.  Of course it has absolutely nothing to do with money, does it!!!!!!

29/04/2012 14:11
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Well I GIVE UP! The rich are taking everything they can and no one seems to question how they are doing it. I KNOW! Do you want to see how they are getting a ton of cash for their stock budgets? Search the term "FAST STOCK BUDGET" and go to the first site or right to the site with the same name. They have a penny stock page that shows what the rich don't want you to see. If you are tired of being poor and want in on the action, then this is a must see. Be prepared to see other half lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

get excited about it at all..I like watching Gloucestershire and England.In the IPL, there is no team too give me the highs and lows of watching a team i can identify

 

29/04/2012 14:14
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Well I GIVE UP! The rich are taking everything they can and no one seems to question how they are doing it. I KNOW! Do you want to see how they are getting a ton of cash for their stock budgets? Search the term "FAST STOCK BUDGET" and go to the first site or right to the site with the same name. They have a penny stock page that shows what the rich don't want you to see. If you are tired of being poor and want in on the action, then this is a must see. Be prepared to see other half lives.

press. what can we do? What is the most shocking think we can think of to get us some press?" Like a poorly raised child, bad attention is better than no attention it seems. And if the biggest contribution to society this thing contributes is the ability to have sex with anyone, why would anyone go? Do college students really need instruction on having lower morals

28/04/2012 13:48
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bull**** , it's only the money that makes it the dream ticket
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I can`t get excited about it at all..I like watching Gloucestershire and England.In the IPL, there is no team too give me the highs and lows of watching a team i can identify with
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