As I grow older I am able to understand better my likes and dislikes. I feel I am able to put my finger on them and put them down in words. There is something that I understood about myself over the weekend. I realised that I like new things, it sits well with my yearning for change, although that is not always about something new. I like new things, new innovations, new ways of doing the same old thing or even new packaging.

I am writing about this because I was wondering why do I like the IPL so much. On the face of it, IPL goes against my grain. It is quick and dirty, there is no depth (finer points) to the game, too many distractions, too one sided to the batsman and as I start to sink my teeth into the game it is over. It is like an ad commercial or a music video masquerading as a full blown movie. Yet, inspite of all this, I have been hooked to it even before it began.

I was happy the fact that players were being paid big money. Why not ? If their counterparts in football and tennis can get it then why not cricketers. I told myself that the cricketing world would be completely different pre and post tournament. Everyone would have either had a lot of fun, or made a lot of money or both and would have tasted blood. The ones who were out of it, would be desperately trying to either get in or create their own versions. Yes, I think now that the tournament is over, cricketing world has changed forever. The fact that its quiet in the media is because everyone is catching their breath after this whirlwind of a tournament. A lot of people would have been waiting on the sidelines, watching how this comes about before throwing their hat in.

Yes there are people who don’t like this for quite valid reasons. But then, in the scheme of things this is not such a bad thing. Cricket was (is) losing to football the world over, except in the subcontinent, and people have no time to watch a full day game, forget about a 5 day game, it really needed to revive itself and fit itself into the free time that is available for its audience. I think this is a step forward for cricket, to make itself attractive to new audiences. Yes there are still things to improve IPL, but those will happen in their own time.

I was supporting Delhi, my home team, which somehow managed to get itself into the semi finals and lose horribly there. I suspect this one will be a long love affair which will have more pain than joy..

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