IPL has taken the nation into an evening frenzy.Every evening almost 6 hours are spent by people in front of idiot box.I have always been fond of cricket.Always tried to watch matches. In my younger days I used to go to Eden Garden when I lived in Kolkata to watch Test Matches- for all five days.The stadium was not covered on top in those days.Sitting on cement slab, under scorching sun, with a cap on the head- I watched the whole match so religiously as if India's fate depended on my watching the match. Eight of ten matches used to get finished in a draw.Perhaps my driving force was loyalty to India.
Than came One Day matches. It took some time to get used to this new format. Gradually it was accepted.When Kerry Packer first introduced this format, it was called the Kerry Packer Circus.Played at night underflood light, in a picnic atmosphere.But the sense of loyalty was maintained.
Now this T20 thing. After watching many matches in this season, I realise that there is no entertainment in this.Ball after ball, the same cycle is repeated.A blind hit which may cause a six or a four or a wicket.It is a rut, which does not give a scope of any variation.In earlier two formats- a sixer or a four was a spice of the game.Here just another lofted shot.Yes some people enjoy it thorughly.Who? Those who bet on the teams. They have a sense of loyalty for the team which will make them earn some bucks.
This is business, friends! Those who play make money, organisers - huge money, telecasters- lots of it and the betters when they win. Others are wasting their time on it. What do you say?