May 30, 2011

Too drained to care

You don't support your side through a World Cup win and then forget all about it inside a week to cheer them as they turn out for different teams in a Twenty20 league
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Having retained the IPL in front of a sea of yellow on Saturday, MS Dhoni was asked the customary question about how the crowds had been this season. "Every Indian on earth wanted us to win the World Cup," Dhoni said. "After the World Cup, they were a bit relaxed emotionally."

The World Cup? Does that ring a bell? It wasn't long ago that India went delirious after Dhoni lifted that particular trophy, on the night of April 2. Long-awaited revelry broke out in Mumbai. In Ahmedabad. In Siliguri. I remember arriving home at half-past-three the morning after the final to find my room-mate still crying as he watched the winning moments over and over on his laptop. Why?

To a generation that had grown up thinking Sachin Tendulkar was the best thing to have ever happened to cricket, 1983 was known only as a relic to be revered. Secretly they hoped there would come a day when Tendulkar would be carried on the shoulders of his team-mates; and that that day would not have to be his last on the field for India.

World titles arouse extreme passions. Stinging self-examinations greet the dethroning of monarchs. Ask Australia. Nations that have never tasted success spend years agonising, and when the moment finally comes, there is no holding back the emotions. Ask Greece. Those that have had one glimpse of glory in the past work themselves into a frenzy of expectation on each successive occasion, only to be left wondering if that next title will ever come. Ask England.

India had been in England's boat for 28 years. When Kapil Dev's side won, it had been a huge surprise; the nation wasn't used to expecting anything in those times. Liberalisation gave rise to a much more demanding generation. A semi-final finish in 1996, worthy of celebration during another era, brought reprisals. Then came the class of 2003, which blew away almost all opposition before losing the final. They earned respect, but clearly, being second-best was not what fast-changing India wanted.

Now arrived the generation that, having grown up in the consumerist era, craved instant gratification and instant achievement; wanted an opportunity to bask in what was believed - with some justification too - to be the long-overdue cricketing arrival of the world's second-fastest growing economy.

That moment came on April 2, but ironically, it wasn't going to be savoured. There wouldn't even be a victory parade, like the one that had brought Mumbai's traffic to a standstill after the 2007 World Twenty20 triumph. There was more cricket to be played, of the IPL kind. Within six days. There was going to be no happy hangover.

Barely had the fan taken off on the wings of Dhoni's liberating six when he was brought crashing down by the sight of his captain, decked in canary yellow, at a pre-IPL press conference. The bat-twirling conqueror of April 2 already seemed distant. It was time for the fan to mutate into a consumer of club cricket.

Just how do you deal in five days with something that has happened after 28 years? The cycle that had begun with a grinning Kapil on the Lord's balcony had just been completed by the sight of Tendulkar being carried around the Wankhede Stadium by Harbhajan Singh and Virat Kohli. Now Kohli would take the field against Tendulkar in the IPL, the first week of which would seem "confusing" to him.

When the IPL schedule was announced, the talking point was the short interval between the World Cup final and the start of the league. There were concerns expressed about how taxing such a quick turnaround would be for the players, after a physically and emotionally draining World Cup. Scarcely anyone thought about the fans. Of course, there were a few who fretted over them: the IPL franchises and the broadcaster, concerned whether a 51-day event would be too much even for the tireless Indian cricket fan, given that he would have under a week to recover from a 43-day tournament. But when buzzwords like "cricketainment" dominate the landscape, others like "savour" and "reflect" are jettisoned.

The fan himself has had a considerable role to play in the near-demise of those words. Apart from at a few traditional centres, he has stopped going to grounds for Test matches. ODIs are still better off in terms of stadium attendance, but television ratings are no longer what they used to be.

I remember arriving home at half-past-three in the morning after the World Cup final to find my room-mate still crying as he watched the winning moments over and over on his laptop. Why?

India's World Twenty20 win gave rise to the IPL, which drew capacity crowds as the public lapped up the mix of showbiz and sport. The IPL grew; the highest franchise bid in 2011 was three times that in 2008. India's appetite for the shortest format was seemingly insatiable.

A one-dayer demanded too much of a generation used to communicating in shorthand through Twitter and Facebook. The IPL suited it just fine. Catching the 8pm IPL match with colleagues got added to the to-do list. Two friends and I took turns to go to the Cricket Club of India on a single expensive ticket during an IPL game in 2010 to experience 25,000 Indians shouting "Malinga, Malinga". An hour for each person.

The CCI and the Wankhede used to be empty arenas apart from when they were allotted the odd Test or one-dayer. There were less than 50 takers for Garware Pavilion tickets that cost Rs 50 each for the Ranji Trophy game between Mumbai and Karnataka in November 2007. Those who had turned up were Rahul Dravid supporters, upset after he had been "rested" for the final ODI against Australia.

Months later, during the inaugural IPL, tickets for the same Garware Pavilion cost tens of times more than what they had for the Ranji match. Sold out. Seven times during the IPL season, a galaxy of international stars put up three-hour displays of "cricketainment". To watch Tendulkar captain Malinga cost a bomb, but who cared? What could be better than leaving your office in Nariman Point at seven in the evening, catching a three-hour game at the CCI and tweeting about it on the way home?

A World Cup win, it turned out. The smartphone-wielding professional, who was expected to gorge on fast-food cricket, found that he wanted to stop and savour the World title, still simmering fresh in his memory. To his dismay, he found that luxury had been snatched from him. Suddenly, a league that was supposedly tailor-made for him seemed flat and colourless in comparison to the "real thing".

As a friend said, "It was so unfair. You felt cheated, in a manner. You found yourself craving for some more time, maybe a week more, when, in fact, that time should have been your right." This friend, who had travelled to Bangalore, Nagpur and Mohali to follow the Indian team during the World Cup, didn't go to a single Mumbai Indians game this season. He works a kilometre away from the Wankhede.

A World Cup takes a lot out of fans. Passionately supporting a team requires considerable time and patience. The return on emotion invested is usually so fluctuating that when a fan encounters a bull phase in the form of a cathartic victory, he wants to cash in and take some time off. Getting bombarded with a 74-game event within a week, the first match of which involves his World Cup-winning captain leading a Sri Lankan and a South African, can wait.

Dhoni knew it all along. "They [fans] thought, 'We [will] pick up the IPL a bit later'," he said. "They were emotionally drained along with the players."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    editorial assistant??!! get this guy on board, cricinfo!! amazing article... captured the feelings of a true Team India fan...

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    @ mukund iyer U were spot on.The IPL has never thrown a single talent that has taken the world by storm Amit Mishra,Pragyan Ojha are the only two crickters who have gone to play cricket with some regularity for the country..But Mishra had more than 300 first class wickets before he even played in IPL.Ashvin had developed and mastered the carrom ball even bfore playing in IPL and Murali Vijay had played a test match before IPL. All IPL has done is making bcci a serious money making machine.B'wood Celebs come for promoting their films.Sachin wanted a BUS PARADE after the World Cup win bt that was not possible cuz of this IPL. Its become a joke wen the so called IPL fans who have never followed TEST CRICKET start taking a dig at legends like Dravid, Laxman n Kallis ! N y do u evn need to have semis/finals/eliminators..In all the leagues in World the table toppers get the trophy cuz being top of the table is the true reflection of how good the team has been in the entire season.Its a joke.

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | May 31, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Just see how beautiful this article is written and about similar topic how a senior editor has written another article. It shows how pure talent is not given its place, just like test cricket.

  • POSTED BY mitgop11 on | May 31, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    too drained to care ? who ? you ? who cares ?? the artilce was more about the world cup than the IPL itself. Would have been a good article to read at the beginning of the IPL. The author may be too drained to accept the consistancy of one team in IPL time and again. Did you see the packed stadium on the finals day ? If the spectators are too drained to care, then they should have thought that they purchased tickets for a soap opera and somehow accidentally landed in chepauk!

  • POSTED BY peveve on | May 31, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    This parochial writer meant RCB,MI and KKR viewers. Who wants to see the franchisee owners breathe down the neck of players or kissing going on in the stands using some excuse of on-field happenings. Fans/TV viewers are bored by the antics of people like Nita, Siddharth, Preity, Shilpa and that insufferable joker SRK. I hope in the next IPL these charactetrs are barred from "exposing" their antics

  • POSTED BY rockz.andy on | May 31, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    best article in the recent times after the gary's interview! Again Country vs Club Just take an example of Spanish and european leagues for money and fame the clubs exists and how much intensity and true prayers for their respective nations that feeling is nothing when compared to earning bucks even the greatest players of all the time will be evolved by the real games not the clubs..as simple as that

  • POSTED BY AjayVijayan on | May 31, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Well written and cent percent accurate. I too felt little awkward, because there had been no time for cherishing the hard earned World Cup title, For a generation of youngsters like us Kapil's Devils was a distant memory which we all wanted to relive. And when that happened again through Dhoni, every Indian Fan and Players had the right to celebrate and remember each and every moment to glory. But sadly before reading a detailed article on World Cup, India's strength, weakness, how they fared and all those statistics, we had to read articles on worthless IPL manics. The sehwag special 175, sachins twin hundreds, Yuvi's heroics, Dhoni and Gambhir's patience, Kohlis maturity, cameos from Rain and Yusuf, Zaheers brilliance etc.. should have been on paper for another month for the fans to relive and cherish.... Instead its all about 80% dead IPL matches... Apart from Sehwags 2 Innings there had been nothing that challenged a batsmen in the IPL

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | May 31, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    I'm laughing at all the resentment about too much cricket, AFTER Chennai has won! Till then, nobody had any real problem with too much cricket. It was fun on top of the WC! There are even people suggesting that CSK and MI used influence to get their teams back. What influence? Everybody was in the same bidding process, with the same amount of money, with the same permissions to retain players. Chennai knew how to build their franchise, how to keep their fan base intact, AND play winning AND fair cricket. It is too much cricket, but I am not complaining as long as others don't use sneaky excuses to tell us why they played shoddy cricket and lost to CSK. CSK needs to win the Champions League later this year to really shut out the support for some other teams! It is really irritating isn't it, when one team dominates so much? How about learning a little from them? At least try for the fairplay award.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    So true, i agree with the author completely, IPL has nothing to do with India or even cricket, its just capitalism at its most distasteful, repulsive form. As a tamil person born in Chennai, i still haven't cared about the "Chennai" Superkings, and probably never will, there is nothing domestic about these cricket teams, and no amount of victories will ever come close to the honour of winning the world cup, in economic terms, this is called market saturation and i hope the IPL does not profit financially in future seasons, atleast for the sake of the sport of cricket and its lovers souls.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Take a bow, Abhishek Purohit!

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    editorial assistant??!! get this guy on board, cricinfo!! amazing article... captured the feelings of a true Team India fan...

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    @ mukund iyer U were spot on.The IPL has never thrown a single talent that has taken the world by storm Amit Mishra,Pragyan Ojha are the only two crickters who have gone to play cricket with some regularity for the country..But Mishra had more than 300 first class wickets before he even played in IPL.Ashvin had developed and mastered the carrom ball even bfore playing in IPL and Murali Vijay had played a test match before IPL. All IPL has done is making bcci a serious money making machine.B'wood Celebs come for promoting their films.Sachin wanted a BUS PARADE after the World Cup win bt that was not possible cuz of this IPL. Its become a joke wen the so called IPL fans who have never followed TEST CRICKET start taking a dig at legends like Dravid, Laxman n Kallis ! N y do u evn need to have semis/finals/eliminators..In all the leagues in World the table toppers get the trophy cuz being top of the table is the true reflection of how good the team has been in the entire season.Its a joke.

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | May 31, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Just see how beautiful this article is written and about similar topic how a senior editor has written another article. It shows how pure talent is not given its place, just like test cricket.

  • POSTED BY mitgop11 on | May 31, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    too drained to care ? who ? you ? who cares ?? the artilce was more about the world cup than the IPL itself. Would have been a good article to read at the beginning of the IPL. The author may be too drained to accept the consistancy of one team in IPL time and again. Did you see the packed stadium on the finals day ? If the spectators are too drained to care, then they should have thought that they purchased tickets for a soap opera and somehow accidentally landed in chepauk!

  • POSTED BY peveve on | May 31, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    This parochial writer meant RCB,MI and KKR viewers. Who wants to see the franchisee owners breathe down the neck of players or kissing going on in the stands using some excuse of on-field happenings. Fans/TV viewers are bored by the antics of people like Nita, Siddharth, Preity, Shilpa and that insufferable joker SRK. I hope in the next IPL these charactetrs are barred from "exposing" their antics

  • POSTED BY rockz.andy on | May 31, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    best article in the recent times after the gary's interview! Again Country vs Club Just take an example of Spanish and european leagues for money and fame the clubs exists and how much intensity and true prayers for their respective nations that feeling is nothing when compared to earning bucks even the greatest players of all the time will be evolved by the real games not the clubs..as simple as that

  • POSTED BY AjayVijayan on | May 31, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Well written and cent percent accurate. I too felt little awkward, because there had been no time for cherishing the hard earned World Cup title, For a generation of youngsters like us Kapil's Devils was a distant memory which we all wanted to relive. And when that happened again through Dhoni, every Indian Fan and Players had the right to celebrate and remember each and every moment to glory. But sadly before reading a detailed article on World Cup, India's strength, weakness, how they fared and all those statistics, we had to read articles on worthless IPL manics. The sehwag special 175, sachins twin hundreds, Yuvi's heroics, Dhoni and Gambhir's patience, Kohlis maturity, cameos from Rain and Yusuf, Zaheers brilliance etc.. should have been on paper for another month for the fans to relive and cherish.... Instead its all about 80% dead IPL matches... Apart from Sehwags 2 Innings there had been nothing that challenged a batsmen in the IPL

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | May 31, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    I'm laughing at all the resentment about too much cricket, AFTER Chennai has won! Till then, nobody had any real problem with too much cricket. It was fun on top of the WC! There are even people suggesting that CSK and MI used influence to get their teams back. What influence? Everybody was in the same bidding process, with the same amount of money, with the same permissions to retain players. Chennai knew how to build their franchise, how to keep their fan base intact, AND play winning AND fair cricket. It is too much cricket, but I am not complaining as long as others don't use sneaky excuses to tell us why they played shoddy cricket and lost to CSK. CSK needs to win the Champions League later this year to really shut out the support for some other teams! It is really irritating isn't it, when one team dominates so much? How about learning a little from them? At least try for the fairplay award.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    So true, i agree with the author completely, IPL has nothing to do with India or even cricket, its just capitalism at its most distasteful, repulsive form. As a tamil person born in Chennai, i still haven't cared about the "Chennai" Superkings, and probably never will, there is nothing domestic about these cricket teams, and no amount of victories will ever come close to the honour of winning the world cup, in economic terms, this is called market saturation and i hope the IPL does not profit financially in future seasons, atleast for the sake of the sport of cricket and its lovers souls.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Take a bow, Abhishek Purohit!

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    My sentiments exactly...

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    its does not matter.players should always represent thier country...world cup...ipl or not..the big names have no excuses

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Some points to be noted- ->IPL giving the world cricket more injuries and drama than cricket ->Cricketers prefering playin in the IPL than for their country ->Schedule is too tirin for the participants ->Fans are also the ones who r suffering ..... and so on.......the list continues..........

  • POSTED BY cricket__fan on | May 30, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Some of us have been saying all along that IPL is nothing but a 3rd rate TV programme disguised as cricket. Also, it has nothing to do with the game of cricket - it is a simply a money generating vehicle for BCCI, the rich of India and the corrupt Indian politicians.IPL also conforms the fact that we Indians make a mess of anything and evrything we get involved with.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Whilst I agree with everything said in this article, you cannot always blame IPL and BCCI for the schedule.I think ICC only gives them this 'window' in which this tourney can be held (someone correct me if I am wrong). IPL marketers would have loved it if the IPL is scheduled 3 months after the world cup (Of course it is their hard earned money at stake). But I agree that the fans did not have time to savour, relish this World Cup win.

  • POSTED BY Saim93 on | May 30, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    The articles more about the World Cup than the IPL

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Every Indian wanted u to win world cup? I am an Indian and I didnt want u to win the world cup.. But sadly u won it :(

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Fully agree with the sentiments of this article -- very well-written. I just couldn't get excited about the IPL this year. Still savouring the World Cup win. Watching the recorded match every few days!

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    IPL is getting ridiculous. I hope the evil doers meet the wrath of all true Cricket and Indian fans! IPL's contribution. No. 1 Test team and World Champions going to WIndies with a half depleted side! Shame... Shame..

  • POSTED BY Kafs on | May 30, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Excellently written, this is exactly how i felt with the IPL starting within one week of INDIA Winning the WORLD CUP! There was no time to savor the feeling, the bliss was very short lived.............

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | May 30, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    karn. all the points you mentioned happened in previous IPLs too, so why did not the IPL go down earlier? In very first IPL match, McCullum annihilated every bowler. In first three seasons too, many teams were hopelessly imprudent in buying players. Many pitches previously too were not good. So what's the point?

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    IPL4 really messed up due to scheduling...We didn't get a time to enjoy our WC victory...The night matches should start by 7pm so that it can end by 10pm...else, we watch the first half only. Though am a CSK fan, i didn't feel like watching the second innings in the final...Switched off the TV after AB's wicket...Please give us a break or we will have to give a break to cricket.

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | May 30, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Superb article!!! Reflecting our thoughts...I am one of the many fans around the world who really wanted time. I was getting ready for some interviews from the players (individual and as a group) explaining us what they felt after a particular match, where they felt they might do it and how badly they wanted it for Sachin. I never cared for the IPL this time, seriously. Curse BCCI - you have IPL within 5 days of the WC and you have a WI tour within a week of the IPL conclusion. And then, you go ahead and say "We are forcing no one to play in the IPL. People who don't want to play can opt out" Ha! Who would have watched the IPL had Sachin, Dhoni, Gambhir, Sehwah, Yuvi and others opted out. Foolish. ONE moment where the players provided us with the moment of our lives and the BCCI snatched it away. I am not bluntly blaming the IPL for everything, but there had to be better planning with the dates then what we saw this year.

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | May 30, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    OK, It's all correct. So how many years once does the world cup come? 4 years. how many times can India keep winning the world cup? who knows. Even if India wins the world cup next time, it would be two world cup wins for 8 years or 11 years till the next one comes up. But, IPL would be there every year, so in those 11 years, IPL is going to keep the fans happy in 9 years. People have forgot that winning a world cup is once-in-a-lifetime moment so what if IPL comes in next 6 days - we can never forget that. So what if Kohli and Sachin are playing against each other - we can never forget the world cup because of IPL. I, for one, would watch cricket even if it is played every day. Supporting India for world cup and then in a week for different team against Indian players does not mean that we forget world cup win or we do not think abt it. We would be thinking about this world cup win till our grandchildren come up and ask. So what if IPL comes in next 6 days- world cup is unforgettable.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Oh well, I guess the IPL never thought that the Indians would win the World Cup. No wonder they staged it so close. The IPL missing out on marketing opportunities? Bah! Can't think so. A nice sedation to a country who had staged it and would lose it, the IPL would actually have been a success had the Indians lost the world cup.

  • POSTED BY Sreerang on | May 30, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Does BCCI care? Every body in the IPL- owners, BCCI (honchos), players, officials, TV network- make money except the foolish fans!

  • POSTED BY IndieFan on | May 30, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    @karn - Every franchisee was given an option to retain their players. But they opted to put them for sale as they did not want pay them so much. MI and CSK knew the value of the players they retained. Every one retained by them performed well (Pollard being an exception). Moreover CSK bought back their players because it was a winning combination. No one stopped other franchisees from buying the players that CSK bought. So it is not fair to say that MI and CSK used their influence.

  • POSTED BY KARAN_AHIR on | May 30, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    2 much of anything is not good....and as far as IPL goes....it goes very very very far....I mean its not just 2 much....its 4 or may be even 6 much....the organizers need 2 understand this...other wise forget the sponsors and advertisers, IPL organizers may have to end drawing people 2 watch the matches...just like the normal political meetings in INDIA...where if a goes 2 attend or shall I say not attend the meeting or listen the politian but for a bag of biryaani & 100 RS.....

  • POSTED BY amit1807kuwait on | May 30, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    This year, IPL felt like a drag. When hardcore fans lose interest in watching a game they love, I suppose it would not be difficult for players to lose motivation too. Hence, the dedication of a Gambhir or a Dhoni or a Tendulkar is laudable. This year's event probably indicates that fans also feel a fatigue factor. Would BCCI (Board of Cricket Crooks of India) take notice?

  • POSTED BY AllwinJ on | May 30, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Wonder if you guys would say the same thing if some glamorous team like Bangalore or Mumbai had won the IPL.

  • POSTED BY Sekhar_S on | May 30, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    I am fine with the IPL being conducted even less than 24 hours after an international tournament provided the poor,over-worked Indian international players are given a couple of weeks' rest and allowed to join the circus midway.Appoint an upcoming youngster as a captain,if it doesn't produce results,allow him to learn from the failure till the senior Indian player comes in.But I guess it's too much to expect the franchises to resort to such measures.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Excellently written article.Conveys our mood during this IPL. I was half expecting the World Cup to be paraded during the IPL by respective Indian WC winning Team members. But then that never happened may it would have been unfair on other team mates from other countries but then we as Indian public needed to savor the WC. During my visit to England last week I made sure I went to Lords where we won our first WC. Because of the power-money hungry IPL schedule we normal Indians just werent able to savor the victory as much. Left a hollow feeling.

  • POSTED BY skidmarks on | May 30, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    the IPL should be at least 2 weeks after or before internationals, or not on at all

  • POSTED BY Sandman5five on | May 30, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    I sometimes forgot there was a Mumbai Indians' game on the day. Do I need to say anything more?!

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    I jst suported Chennai coz most of the match winners were Indians. And watched only the last games of chennai. I guess this tournament was only 4 earning money than anything else...

  • POSTED BY Quazar on | May 30, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Very well said, indeed. But I think most Indian fans are aware of what you're saying... I was fuming even before the WC ended... for we fans deserved at least 2 to 3 weeks to savour an Indian win (or grieve had India lost). Actually, this piece should be sent as a letter to the BCCI and IPL Governing Council. Heck, I'll sign on my support!

  • POSTED BY Quazar on | May 30, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Very well said, indeed. But I think most Indian fans are aware of what you're saying... I was fuming even before the WC ended... for we fans deserved at least 2 to 3 weeks to savour an Indian win (or grieve had India lost). Actually, this piece should be sent as a letter to the BCCI and IPL Governing Council. Heck, I'll sign on my support!

  • POSTED BY MylaiMani on | May 30, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Very well said..can't agree more. World cup win is special..and we as a fan did not get ample time to relish this special moment

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    what about touring the WI. Why has the top IPl players opted to qiuit.No more pleasure for representing India the world cup champion, huh.where is the honor of playing for your country ohhh i am tiered.

  • POSTED BY Tweaket on | May 30, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    I felt the same.. Just too drained. I did get the subscription for IPL channel but hardly watched a full game. World cup and the associated emotions took the focus off IPL. However, irrespective of the world cup I feel that IPL needs to evolve to hold spectator interest - 1. Current format is too long 2. No concept of team loyalty with auction every 3 yrs 3. 10 teams are too many - talent is spread out and quality suffers. Either have few teams or at least increase foreign players to 5 per team 4. Have a separate window to take care of player burn out and availability With this format, Cricket can never elevate the club to the kind of importance that football does, at least in the eyes of the fans

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | May 30, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Not just the emotional drain, but this year's IPL was missing a key aspect of what IPL is really supposed to be: cricketing entertainment. This year's lacked those cliffhangers; those nail-biting finishes you'd want to stay up to watch; those moments of brilliance; the something-different factor that made IPL so special. This year's IPL was more-or-less decided at the auction. MI and CSK used their influence to retain their core. CSK went ahead a step and CSK virtually bought back their entire team. It was clear that either MI or CSK would win it. Also, the addition of new teams reduced the quality of cricket, hence Gayle smacking a poor Parameswaran; Viru annihilating Malhotra. Plus, some were hopelessly imprudent in buying player, eg. Delhi. Some pitches were loathsome, like we saw in some games in Jaipur, Chennai, Delhi, Kochi and Kolkata. All these factors - and many more - contributed to the downfall of the IPL.

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  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | May 30, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Not just the emotional drain, but this year's IPL was missing a key aspect of what IPL is really supposed to be: cricketing entertainment. This year's lacked those cliffhangers; those nail-biting finishes you'd want to stay up to watch; those moments of brilliance; the something-different factor that made IPL so special. This year's IPL was more-or-less decided at the auction. MI and CSK used their influence to retain their core. CSK went ahead a step and CSK virtually bought back their entire team. It was clear that either MI or CSK would win it. Also, the addition of new teams reduced the quality of cricket, hence Gayle smacking a poor Parameswaran; Viru annihilating Malhotra. Plus, some were hopelessly imprudent in buying player, eg. Delhi. Some pitches were loathsome, like we saw in some games in Jaipur, Chennai, Delhi, Kochi and Kolkata. All these factors - and many more - contributed to the downfall of the IPL.

  • POSTED BY Tweaket on | May 30, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    I felt the same.. Just too drained. I did get the subscription for IPL channel but hardly watched a full game. World cup and the associated emotions took the focus off IPL. However, irrespective of the world cup I feel that IPL needs to evolve to hold spectator interest - 1. Current format is too long 2. No concept of team loyalty with auction every 3 yrs 3. 10 teams are too many - talent is spread out and quality suffers. Either have few teams or at least increase foreign players to 5 per team 4. Have a separate window to take care of player burn out and availability With this format, Cricket can never elevate the club to the kind of importance that football does, at least in the eyes of the fans

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    what about touring the WI. Why has the top IPl players opted to qiuit.No more pleasure for representing India the world cup champion, huh.where is the honor of playing for your country ohhh i am tiered.

  • POSTED BY MylaiMani on | May 30, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Very well said..can't agree more. World cup win is special..and we as a fan did not get ample time to relish this special moment

  • POSTED BY Quazar on | May 30, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Very well said, indeed. But I think most Indian fans are aware of what you're saying... I was fuming even before the WC ended... for we fans deserved at least 2 to 3 weeks to savour an Indian win (or grieve had India lost). Actually, this piece should be sent as a letter to the BCCI and IPL Governing Council. Heck, I'll sign on my support!

  • POSTED BY Quazar on | May 30, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Very well said, indeed. But I think most Indian fans are aware of what you're saying... I was fuming even before the WC ended... for we fans deserved at least 2 to 3 weeks to savour an Indian win (or grieve had India lost). Actually, this piece should be sent as a letter to the BCCI and IPL Governing Council. Heck, I'll sign on my support!

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    I jst suported Chennai coz most of the match winners were Indians. And watched only the last games of chennai. I guess this tournament was only 4 earning money than anything else...

  • POSTED BY Sandman5five on | May 30, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    I sometimes forgot there was a Mumbai Indians' game on the day. Do I need to say anything more?!

  • POSTED BY skidmarks on | May 30, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    the IPL should be at least 2 weeks after or before internationals, or not on at all

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Excellently written article.Conveys our mood during this IPL. I was half expecting the World Cup to be paraded during the IPL by respective Indian WC winning Team members. But then that never happened may it would have been unfair on other team mates from other countries but then we as Indian public needed to savor the WC. During my visit to England last week I made sure I went to Lords where we won our first WC. Because of the power-money hungry IPL schedule we normal Indians just werent able to savor the victory as much. Left a hollow feeling.