Here we are heading towards the end of another season of the DLF Indian Premier League. Though Indian talent hadn’t had much of the opportunity, there were certain unlocked mysteries in this season. Ajit Chandila‘s Hat-trick (pulling a rabbit out of the Magicians’ hat) is still fresh in the mind. Just two Ranji Matches for Haryana, nobody knew him that well. Interestingly, Jammy forgot his name at the Toss( or was it strategy?). Another mystery, which even the GOD(SRT) could not solve, is Sunil Narine. Don’t get confused he isn’t Indian rather he is a West Indian, named after Mr. Sunil Gavaskar. No one could really tell which ball would turn which way! Another revelation was Mandeep Singh from the Kings Xi squad. Paul Valthaty not finding form (not even a place in team) and Gilly out with Injury , Mandeep gave strong starts to Punjab at the top. Rahane, Rohit, Naman etc. don’t really need to give a mention here as they already have represented the national side on the highest level. Oh I just forgot Shahbaz Nadeem. This young left armer from Delhi is definitely a rising star of Indian Cricket. Someone would have thought before IPL had begun that DD would struggle with spin bowling department, but Shahbaaz proved his worth in the playing XI.
Some talent did get a platform in this year’s IPL but the Franchises now look to win more matches rather than giving sufficient opportunity to young Indian Cricketers( the motto of IPL “where talent meets opportunity” goes into Trash). Kamran Khan was sent to become a farmer. KXIP didn’t give justice to Abhishek Nayar’s talent. DC tried to do something but they were outclassed in almost every game(except against PWI). Dada didn’t bother of talent rusting on the bench.
In all, IPL seems to become more of a profit making Industry for BCCI rather than being a cricket tournament as it was conceived by the Board in 2008. Money flowing like water the business remains a mystery in itself. Let’s see where this year’s IPL takes Indian Cricket.
Hope for the best!!