IPL, the perfect relaxant post-World Cup
After the 28-year wait it's only natural that India's World Cup triumph will leave a lasting legacy in the cricket-crazy country says Boria Majumdar, writing in the Times of India. The IPL meanwhile, he says, couldn't have come at a better time for Indian cricket.
While player fatigue is surely a factor, crowd or viewer fatigue is no longer a serious issue in the World Cup aftermath. Rather, the IPL comes as the perfect relaxant. While it will ensure that cricket fanatics will not have withdrawal symptoms in the post-World Cup scenario, it will also ensure that they don’t have to follow the matches with nerves strained and fists clenched. With nationalistic passions no longer of consequence, fans can just continue to savour the World Cup success while enjoying their dose of cricket entertainment on offer in the IPL.
In fact, the IPL could not have come at a better time. Had the World Cup been followed by a tri-series or a bilateral series, the expectations from the Indian team would have been at their peak. From the world champions, the fans would brook no failure ... In such a scenario, the IPL is the best thing to happen to Indian cricket.
Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo