The Indian Premier League; more
better known by all cricket lovers as the “ IPL” will be having its 5th
season starting next week with the first match due to be played by the
defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at Chennai on the 4th
of April. It was like last month since we saw the last IPL where the consistent Chennai Super Kings lifted the trophy; here are we again with another edition, which
will surely gain the interest of all cricket lovers around the world.
The IPL is all about t20 cricket,
the celebrities, the parties, the cheerleaders and last but the most important
thing, money. This combo is hard to resist to any spectator and for the
cricketers it is a fortune to which they simply can’t say no.
With the IPL growing in leap and
bounds, its affect on the modern game is widely evident. This affect is widely
seen in one day internationals where teams dare to chase high scores which they
didn’t think they could chase in the past. Batsmen have become more dominant
and the bowlers having to improve their skills all the time to get them out.
Yet, there are questions asked if
the T20 game will take over the ODI format once and for all. Especially with
the advert of the IPL, those doubts have become bigger with many players
choosing to play for their IPL franchise rather than for their national team.
The spectators are also feeling
in such a way where they think the one day format is too boring to watch and that
series such as the IPL; saves their time and gives them a good time with exciting
matches more consistently.
So will the T20 game take over
the one day format and signal its end?
It is a very tough question to get an answer. Recent ODI series such as
the CB series, the Asia Cup and the one day internationals between West Indies
have produced such exciting matches and have kept the spectators gloomed to
their television sets.
The ODI format is still breathing
healthy; it won’t drift away any time soon.
Yet, the T20 format has taken over the game of cricket and with series
such as the IPL being adored by players and fans alike, it will be difficult
for the one day game to survive without producing exciting matches
It is a future that will be hard
to predict but the reality is that the IPL as well as T20 cricket as a whole
has had a mass affect in making the ODI format worth watching. It is a safe bet to predict that this trend
will continue for some time and with their cricket heroes playing such exciting
cricket, all cricket fans will be happy and eager to watch all the matches that
comes their way.
It is no doubt that in the end,
the ultimate winner of all these transitions is the game itself.