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The IPL has failed to draw a line between the entertainment provided by the cricket and the entertainment from the singing, dancing, drumming and DJ-ing

Judhajit
25-Feb-2013
The IPL has failed to draw a line between the entertainment provided by the cricket and the entertainment from the singing, dancing, drumming and DJ-ing. The 20-over format is enough of an entertainment spectacle on its own without the rest of the junk that has accompanied IPL matches. But then the IPL's priority has never been the cricket, it's always been money and they certainly made a lot of that in South Africa in the last five weeks, writes Stuart Hess in iol.co.za.
...when television starts dictating the make up of teams you may as well ask Shah Rukh Khan to pad up and hit the winning runs.
When Gilchrist and the Chargers eventually lifted that ostentatious trophy the Wanderers was barely a third full. That's a damning indictment on Modi and the IPL for getting their priorities totally warped.
And in the Guardian, Dileep Premachandran has twenty things we learnt in the IPL.
Captaincy is not for everyone. Rahul Dravid seemed relieved and relaxed without it. Sourav Ganguly looked lost when deprived of its oxygen. Gautam Gambhir won every game when Sehwag was out injured. Sachin Tendulkar looked as weary as Atlas. Yuvraj looked bored. MS Dhoni wasn't always unflappable. Warne did what he could with a weak side. Kumble appeared to shed 10 years. Gilchrist was everywhere.