In England, they have Barclay’s Premier League; In Australia, they have the Big Bash ; In USA, they have Major League Baseball.
We, as Indians, should be proud that we also have our own Indian Premier League which has been sparkling over the world for the last 6 years. This year too, it promises to be a star-studded affair and will be enjoyed by billions of Indian fans throughout the summer as they usually do. IPL corresponds to a festival in India which is enjoyed by people all over the country for over a month or so.
If you talk to people from Bengal, they used to support just two teams- Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. But now it’s changed a bit! Some diehard fans remain, as they should be the supporters of their local football team but of the others now have found a new local team to root for- KKR! For those who don’t follow local football, they have also got something to cheer about. It’s amazing to see people forming groups, waving KKR flags and singing its anthem- Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re!
From AB de Villiers to Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine to Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis to Shane Watson- participation of cricket stars from all around the world makes this Cricket League a grand affair. The Indian crowd has become so much acquainted with the overseas players that whenever they come here to play against India, the crowd cheers for every shot they play or for every wicket they take. Be it Gayle in Bangalore, Watson in Jaipur or KP in Delhi- they are cheered as if the spectators have forgotten their Indian cricketers.
Even the battle among Indian players is very much thrilling to watch. I remember the celebration of Sreesanth when he clean bowled CSK captain MS Dhoni and then sprinted like Usain Bolt all over the ground! Fans also remember the confrontation between Gambhir and Kohli. This tells us that for the IPL season, they play out of their skins for their respective teams and forget their friendship.
There’s also a way of making a correct guess of whether or not someone is watching IPL, without even having a glance at the television. If you hear Danny Morrison commentating, then surely the IPL is going on. He is always available for the IPL and adds spice to the enjoyment of watching cricket with his inexplicable commentary, which is applicable only for the IPL. His phrases like “He’s right on the money” and “Here we go! It’s gone to the moon” always gives a new life to the League and makes IPL, a family entertainer.
This season promises to be the reminiscent of the previous seasons. As the eight teams fight it out in the middle for the trophy, it’s the fans who will enjoy the festival. So as the countdown to the IPL 2014 begins, everyone should sit back, relax and cheer hard for their favorite teams! After all, it’s showtime!