Indian Premier League - cricketainment or business?
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- 2 of 4Some financial analysts opine that share of huge amount of money invested in some of the IPL teams has dubious origin, or could even be black money routed through foreign accounts. Owners of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab must be aware about the fact better than others, for having faced the ire of investigative agencies for their doubtful financial transactions.Rahul Sharma’s failure notwithstanding, the matter of fact is that IPL has given India more promising cricketers in recent past than any other domestic competition. The success stories of Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and many others who grabbed the limelight through maverick performances in IPL are well-known.Not only India, IPL has also nurtured overseas talent that has benefited national teams. Remember where did you first see explosive opener David Warner?
- 3 of 4Statistics quash the argument of IPL having degraded the quality of cricket. The first five seasons of IPL have seen batsmen amassing 96,722 runs in total at an average of 25.22 and scoring rate of 7.89. The bowlers have had their sare of luck too, striking after every 19.49 ball. The high point of IPL history till now has been the number of boundaries , with 3,086 sixes and 8, 555 fours.What these statistics have done is changed the course of international cricket. Chases have become more daring and even 400 is not impossible to make or chase in a 50-over game today, largely thanks to the IPL attitude.All the criticism of IPL teams using unfair economic practices is countered by the tremendous amount of business that has been generated. Though the beneficiary has largely been the BCCI, others from government, businesses to the media have had their share of IPL pie. When the IPL caravan reaches a city, from local tourism to local business, all get a boost.
- 4 of 4Ironically, the ever-vocal Indian media that has often been at forefront of IPL tongue-lashing appears to be the greatest beneficiary of the IPL largesse. The circulation of newspapers and the ratings of TV channels have got a boost owing to news and controversies generated by the tournament. Advertisements abound when IPL fever is on.But one place where IPL impact has been felt the maximum is on the entertainment industry. Be it the foreign cheerleaders who rejoice with the crowds or the reel stars who come out of their shells during these matches, IPL has revolutionized the way we view entertainment.Except for few negatives, the impact of IPL on Indian cricket, business and entertainment has thus been largely positive.
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