What is ownership, really, Socrates once mused. In his defence it must be said his strong suits were ethics and epistemology, not filthy capitalist notions. Many worthies since have been foxed by the concept, but not the astute Dr Mallya, who owns yachts, planes, breweries, and a significant stake in Hawaii's garment industry. He has demonstrated his grasp of the intricacies of ownership by bringing branding, yet another concept (the first being the auction) from the exciting world of livestock-rearing, to the IPL.
Not sure, really. New-fangled invention, one is told. Didn't have it in the sixties. And that was a time when everyone was free and easy and au naturel. Do what comes naturally? That way anarchy lies. Often the desire to lie on a sunbed drinking pina coladas is overwhelming, as opposed to going out and facing Charlie Griffith or whoever. It is natural. But life is a struggle, and cricket's worse. Natural's all very well when it comes to hair conditioner, disasters, resources and gas. Cricket did not fall out of a tree or spring fully formed out of the ground. Next one who talks about his natural game gets it with a strap of the finest rawhide, right across his back. Now that's natural.
"Talks are on to widen the ever-increasing embrace of the IPL to include our Afghan brethren," a spokesman for the IPL said when the question was put to him. However, the list of peoples, cultures and entities the IPL has committed to embracing is long. Afghanistan is eighth in line, just behind Teletubbies and former shareholders of Lehman Brothers. Ergo, the Afghans, unfortunately, will have to wait a few years. Till then, as a gesture of solidarity and appreciation, Lalit Modi will wear Pathani suits every Tuesday during the tournament.