A Brief Overview of IPL
IPL cricket match at Cuttak
What Is IPL?
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket championship that is held in India every year. Talented players from all over the world participate in this mega event. The brand value of this hugely successful event is estimated to be more than $4 billion!
IPL is considered to be the richest cricket tournament in the world. During the tournament, matches are played not only as per the rules, but also within the spirit of the game. People belonging to all age groups enjoy this mega event.
This annual extravaganza is ably managed by BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). The first season of IPL began on 18 April 2008. Rajasthan Royals, under the able leadership of Shane Warne, won the tournament.
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During the inaugural edition of this amazing tournament, McCullam destroyed RCB's bowling attack. His awe inspiring ability to wield the willow had spectators on their toes. McCullam was playing for KKR. His domination was such that out of 222 runs, his contribution was 158. His glorious innings included 13 sixes.
Adam Gilchrist is one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game. During the second season, he led his Deccan Chargers from the bottom of the table to the top. He won the match for his team against Delhi Daredevils
By the time he was out on the last ball of the 10th over, he had scored 85 runs of just 35 deliveries. During his innings, he had scored 21 runs in the very first over. It was indeed a powerful performance.
During the third season, Yusuf Pathan scored century in just 37 balls. Unfortunately in that match, he was run out. In spite of his efforts, his team Rajasthan Royals lost by 4 runs. His innings was a great achievement because the score was 40/3 when he came to bat; and his team needed 213 to win.
In the fourth season powerful Jamaican batsman Chris Gayle won the Orange Cap for maximum runs (608) while Sri Lankan specialist fast bowler Lasith Malinga won the Purple Cap for highest number of wickets (28).
Kolkata Knight Riders won the fifth season of IPL by defeating the defending champions Chennai Super Kings by five wickets. This season earned a higher cumulative viewership (163 million) than any previous edition of the tournament. With many nail-biting finishes, IPL 5 was very competitive; 19 matches produced results in the last over.
Australian right-handed batsman and right-handed fast-medium swing bowler Shane Watson was the "Player of the Series" in the sixth season of the tournament. Mumbai Indians won the tournament for the first time. Pakistani players were not included in the IPL auction. During this season some Rajasthan Royals players were arrested on charges of spot fixing.
The opening ceremony of the seventh season, which featured eight teams, was held in the UAE. Robin Uthappa of KKR scored the highest number of runs (660); his team won the tournament by beating Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets.
Also known as Pepsi IPL 2015, the eighth season of the tournament had 60 matches in total. Mumbai Indians won the tournament for the second time by defeating Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs. Rohit Sharma, the player of the match, scored 50 runs in 26 balls.
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the ninth season of IPL, in which LED stumps were used for the first time. Player of the series Virat Kohli (973 runs) scored the most number of runs. SRH's Bhuvneshwar Kumar (23 wickets) took the most number of wickets.
Memories like this are many. IPL will surely create many more such amazing cricketing achievements during the years to come. IPL has given an opportunity for players like Chris Gayle have entertained cricket lovers all over the world. Gayle literally dominated season 4 and season 5. He enhanced the entertainment value of the tournament immensely.
As per the rules of IPL, a franchise can include a player in its team in five ways. They are:
- By signing in domestic players.
- By trading players with other franchise.
- By participating in annual auctions.
- By signing replacements.
- By signing uncapped players.
However, a player can be traded only with his permissions. A team is not allowed to have more than four foreign players in the playing 11. In 2015 season, IPL offered Rs.40 crores in prize money.
Champion team won Rs.15 crores and runner-up got Rs.10 crores. The teams in third and fourth positions got Rs.7.5 crores. Other teams did not get anything. The revenue that BCCI earns from IPL is in a central pool. IPL has opened up doors of opportunity for local talent.
BCCI has a strict anti-corruption policy. This is to ensure that all cricket matches are contested on a level playing field. The results of these matches are determined solely the performance of the players.
Use of performance enhancing drugs are prohibited. BCCI has strict anti-doping rules in place. This goes a long way in maintaining the integrity of cricket. It also prevents damage to the health of participating players.
Racism is not tolerated in the tournament. BCCI has a strict anti-racism code in place. All players and team officials need to comply with all the provisions of BCCI's anti-racism code. This approach ensures smooth functioning of the tournament.
BCCI has a code of conduct in place. This ensures that players and officials respect each other. Mutual respect is very important in any field. The code of conduct also seeks to uphold values like humility in victory and graciousness in defeat.
Umpires are governed by strict code of conduct. They are prohibited from betting. They should not distribute drugs. They are prohibited from engaging in any conduct that may be prejudicial to the interests of the game.
It is unfortunate that this amazing cricketing event is engulfed by many controversies like spot fixing and money laundering. S Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals players Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were involved in spot-fixing during IPL 6 and were arrested by the police.
Gurunath Meiyappan (BCCI president N Srinivasan's son-in-law), the team principal of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) indulged in betting and spot-fixing during IPL 6. He was also arrested by the police.
Winner of the third season of Big Boss and Indian film and television actor Vindu Dara Singh was arrested by the Mumbai police for his alleged role in spot-fixing in IPL. During investigation he said that he was close to Bhajji and Virat and knew several players. He also confessed to spot-fixing. He said that he made $31,000 from betting. He also said that many Bollywood celebrities were involved in the betting scandal. Gurunath Meiyappan confessed that Vindu lured him into betting.
According to cops investigating the spot-fixing during IPL, players received up to 60 lakhs for bowling a crooked over. Bookies also supplied cricketers with women. Two bookies Manan and Chand arranged women for Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila on at least three occasions. This is shocking indeed.
Cricket's problem child S Sreesanth was involved in another controversy during the debut season of the IPL in the year 2008. On 25 April 2008, after Kings XI Punjab won the match against Mumbai Indians at Mohali, Harbhajan Singh, the standing captain of Mumbai slapped Sreesanth, who was playing for Kings XI Punjab. Sreesanth was caught on camera sobbing inconsolably before the presentation ceremony. Harbhajan Singh was banned from the tournament and also from the ODI team then. Many players have been fined during IPL. In fact these fines amount to thousands of dollars.
In spite of these nasty controversies, huge excitement accompanies the event every year.
There is lot of scope for improvement in the Indian Premier League. The scheduling, the mediocre song-and-dance routine that passes off as entertainment, the tiring in-your-face advertising, and the overdose of cricket that can drive even the most ardent fan of the game to the edge are a few problems that need to be addressed urgently.
While it is obvious that a few of the issues are necessary evils, some of them are definitely a byproduct of poor planning and execution. Till these are not sorted out, the viewer experience will be less than stellar.
IPL jokes on the internet helped cricket fans from recovering from the shock. They are also contributing to enhancing the entertainment value of this mega event. One SMS reads, "Once all arrests are done, IPL will be played between Arthur Road Indians and Tihar Dare Devils." Located in New Delhi, Tihar Jail is the largest complex of prisons in South Asia. Officially known as Mumbai Central prison, Arthur Road Jail is Mumbai's largest and oldest prison.
Another joke reads, "Q: What is KKR's former captain Saurav Ganguli's favorite movie?" A: Gone in 60 seconds." Another joke about Lalit Modi reads, "Lalit Modi was surrounded by Priety, Shilpa, Katrina and Deepika. But now is surrounded by IT officials. He has gone from the Axe Effect to the Tax Effect."
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Do you like IPL?
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India may be the soul of world cricket, but IPL is its commercial heart. Just as 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' changed the ground rules for quiz shows by injecting a massive dose of money into the equation, IPL has changed the dynamics of the cricket economy.— Vikas Swarup