I haven’t watched WWE for some time, but the memories of the same comes back through IPL, which is more of a result of the need for an Indian WWE rather than a cricket league, the reasons for which you might already know. To be frank, WWE is more clear and a lot more respectable, as it never pretends to be what it is not. There is more reality in a WWE match than a lot of IPL games combined.
I haven’t been following this thing much, but I was caught up with a news that Kolkata Knight Riders might decide not to play in this version of IPL, and memories started coming back to me. Yes, KKR shouldn’t play this version of the game in 2015, and it is because they shouldn’t let some people dictate terms to them. If you look at the flashback, you can’t go on without seeing when Sunil Narine was banned.
He was banned right before the final against Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League. A person getting banned is not a surprise, but the occasion when this happened is strange even for an alien who first sets foot on planet Earth. KKR themselves are known to have doubts about the same, and it is time Shah Rukh Khan takes the right decision, and let a few people know that all teams are equal.
Does a bowling action suddenly become illegal just before a final when a team is finding it difficult to cope with that particular bowler? The way of the world is strange indeed. Kolkata Knight Riders is a team which has played respectable cricket, despite the Fair Play Award being a mockery of sporstmanship. This Fair Play Award has also been a great part of India’s WWE.
Yes, IPL is not only dumb entertainment, but it is also not fair to everyone, and is a terrible blow to the spirit of cricket. In the end, after all the match-fixing scandals, the one who suffers is Sreesanth – why? There are so many bigger names floating over the media, but one man gets quick punishment and the others roam free. Is it because he has lesser influence? Is it because he comes from a team with lesser influence in IPL and the same is the case with his Ranji team?
So, what has IPL provided for the Indian cricket team? Well, they haven’t won a 20-20 World Cup after that. It has surely given them controversies and also created an easy path for the Chennai Super Kings players to get into the team. There are also the finds of the IPL, but one has to doubt how many of them gets to play in the national team – Sanju Samson has waited and waited for no use.
The next version of the tournament begins again. But does it have the same power as it used to? Well, surely not in Kerala. They were too fast to get rid of Kochi Tuskers Kerala, but even with match-fixing around the corner, they can’t disband those teams which have made a mockery of the gentleman’s game and they can’t even seem to find the players involved at least till they come out clean after a thorough investigation – all is fair with power and influence, right? May be I am feeling like this because I am ignorant of the ways of the world; may be this is the only way which things can work and I can’t handle the new generation cricket. Still, I would like to wish the tournament best of luck because it does give opportunity to some young Indian players to prove something.
***I have used the pictures from Official Facebook Page of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 because I don’t want anything to do with the IPL.