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IPL 2013

May 27, 2013

Will the IPL continue to be a big draw without Tendulkar, Dravid, Gilchrist and co?


Younger stars like Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Suresh Raina have shown that they have the pedigree to fill the void left by the retirements. In any case, T20 is a young man's game.


Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Adam Gilchrist are crowd-pullers. Their mere presence sparked interest in the IPL. The new players don't have that kind of influence on the fans.


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May 28, 2013, 7:08 GMT


My grandfather says he loved Sir Viv Richards and Kapil Dev so much, he would sacrifice anything to watch them play. When they retired he was very upset, but then came Imran Khan, Ian Botham, Brian Lara, and he would follow them. One day they also retired and we got Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne to follow. Now, does it mean that after these greats retired..there wont be any great players in the future. There will always be and a true cricket fan will keep watching the game with new heroes and relishing memories from the past.

June 2, 2013, 16:53 GMT


There will always be and a true cricket fan will keep watching the game with new heroes and relishing memories from the past.

May 30, 2013, 12:19 GMT


Up to me there will be some difference between now and future

May 29, 2013, 8:48 GMT


Any game or sports should be bigger than the individual! Show must go on, whether Bradman, Imran Khan or Sachin play or retire!! A new leaf is created only after the old one is dropped!!!

May 29, 2013, 7:35 GMT


No doubt alll these individuals were and are star players and enriched the game. But at end of the day the game is higher than the individual and T20 is just a game.

May 29, 2013, 1:57 GMT


A great cricketer can never be larger than the game. There is no question about Dravid's and Tendulkar's greatness. However, a time comes in ones career when the call to retire must be made. Sachin made right call for retiring from IPL. He should do the same for test cricket. While IPL may dip in popularity, it would not be due to these players' retirements but due to undoing from scandals.

May 27, 2013, 20:57 GMT


We all know who Sachin is. You can see that he has not change his team in the last 6 year. You can say Dhoni, Kohli has not but the fact is both of them does not belong to Chennai or Bangalore. I am not saying IPL won't run in future but you won't see fans other than Mumbai will cheer for Mumbai Indian in their subsequent match when they see Sachin is not their in MI squad.That's SACHIN. Wherever he goes fan follows him. Its just not because of he is a premier batsman but because Sachin, the gentleman. You won't find another humble cricketer like Sachin. He is just irreplaceable. I am pretty sure the popularity will come down and some people might not watch cricket again in their life and some will not with same enthusiasm. Hats off to him but cricket will go on. But just clear the dirty fishes from cricket.

May 31, 2013, 9:46 GMT


We cannot forget that any team sport should be a proper blend of youth and experience, who do you expect the Virat Kohlis, the Sanju Samsons, the Dhawal Kulkarnis to approach in crunch situations like a super over, a top order collapse,or if the batsmen are on a rampage. It is the experience and balance that they add to the side of having played in such situations that would propel them to go for the RV kumars in the super over instead of the murlidharans and zaheer khans , to bowl the ball away from the reach of the batsman instead of the textbook wicket to wicket bowling and ask them to curb their style of play in case of a collapse. The teams will definately miss these players.

May 30, 2013, 8:11 GMT


IPL is sure to lose its lustre in the coming years once these Starlwarts are gone, I hear people say the game is bigger thant the individuals. But wait IPL is more an entertainment than the game which means people are wanting to look at the entertaining possibilities like a Sanga going up against Murali or a Dravid going up against Harbhajan. The IPL is for the sheer pleasure of such possibilities, yes there are an odd crowd pullers like a Gayle or Pollard here and there but What makes IPL tick is these legends going up against each other and bring in different Shades of their persona.. like an Angry Dravid !! most of the teams are set to lose a big piece of their identity once the fresh auctions come along, we are gonna look @ a MI without Sachin, a CSK without Dhoni ( could be possible ) and IPL is going to be seriously tested on the fan base factor too.

May 28, 2013, 22:09 GMT


It won't be the same with out Sachin.