The annual sports festival from India has kicked off in style, not in the country but far away in the Arabian deserts. With the commencement of the seventh edition of one of the premier sports league in the world, comes several speculations and many expectations. We, at DailyVedas, have a look at what to and what not to expect in IPL 7!
What not to expect:
• The biggest sport bonanza of Indian cricket has always induced some major cricketing occurrences all over the years. Last season though, came up with some embarrassing moments for the world as well as Indian cricket when IPL got linked with black dots of shameful spot fixing allegations. The credibility of IPL was at stake and it was difficult to think of the next edition’s successful venture. But cricket turned out to be the real winner and despite being crippled with such filths, IPL has found its way back to sneak into the heart of every Indian Cricket aficionado. We should not expect such occurrences again.
• IPL 6 was the last for a few legends of the game; Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid to name a few. Needless to say, we can’t expect these stalwarts in action, this time around.
• We may not expect the similar attachment of fans with IPL as it has been shifted to another country for time being. The home support has always been phenomenal in IPL and teams may lack that during the first phase.
What to expect:
• We can expect a new champion this year with Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore putting a strong team forward to grab the title. Other teams may find it tough due to the rearrangement of players in different teams.
• We can expect a fair play at display in the matches with IPL just coming out of the infamous match-fixing controversy. Teams would be looking forward to lift the morale of cricket fans with some clean cricket at display. BCCI’s anti-corruption team would have tightened their belts in order to stop the cricket from being dipped in the river of filth and dirt.
• We may expect some high scoring matches with pitches being not so bowler friendly in UAE. Batsmen may find it easier to score though spinners may come handy.
Above all cricket may turn out to be the real-winner. World Cup T20 has just been concluded and with Indians perishing in the finals, the wounds of the defeat must be alive in the hearts of Indians. With IPL that may get healed gradually. For the next two months, cricket aficionados would live cricket, breathe cricket and eat cricket. An aura would be created where players would be fighting it out in the middle and fans would be deciding it over coffee table gossips. Cricket may turn out to be a stress buster as it has always been. Gentlemen’s game may gain back its glory that had been lost to the controversial elements. Some unknown players from far rural areas may become national hero in a fraction of second and money may shower upon the ones who need them in return of serving the holy game with grace for years without getting much back. For the time-being, evenings would be packed in every drawing room and fights would shift to the handling of remote. Indians may forget all the miseries with the rising level of adrenaline with every match in progress.