Second, Kunal you are linked on the very first line of too many posts of mine, I realise!! Consider that a BIG, BIG honour! Care to pay me back???
Third, I hope all of you remember me!! I’ve been away for eternity now. Atleast that’s what it seems to me. And I expect to remain that way for sometime now. C.A. is, finally, taking its toll!! 😡 😦
Now, without making the post unnecesarily longer, I am disappointed, distressed, saddened (& many other such adjectives) that IPL is going has gone away.. What’s the idea behind the Indian Premier League if its no more Indian!! 😦
Pushing aside the practicalities of it, IPL now holds no charm for me anymore, personally! Waise, the feelings are probably going to change once the tournament starts. But as of now.. I am plain 😦
Its like, you bring up a child and then send him abroad. He enjoys all the better amenities and future there, no doubt, but always misses the love and emotion that he had & would have received back home! IPL is that child to India!
The people in SA would sure enjoy the game with its technicalities..the Premier League!! But the Indian part of it is here. What difference does it make to them if its KKR or RR.. To them its only McCullam & Warne playing for another team, or a club.. whatever! They might as well name them as Team A, B and C..!!
IPL is when Shoaib Akhtar bowls the deadly overs in Kolkata & the entire stadium can’t stop singing screaming to Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo re.. Do you think the anthem would hold any significance there, in SA??
IPL is when you find SRK along with his Bolly-friends, wearing his team jersey, on the KKR’s side, shouting at the top of his lungs, not as a team owner but as a Team member! Do you expect him, Preity Zinta or anyone else to be present for all the matches to boost up the morale of their teams??
IPL is when you don’t know whom to cheer for. For KKR because you are a Kolkattan or for Mumbai Indians, because you are a Tendulkar die-hard!
I wasn’t able to attend any match at the Edens during the 1st season. But the very fact that the match was being played some 4 K.m. away, gave me goosebumps. The match on T.V. and the Floodlights that I could see from my window was enough to make me root for KKR more & more.
Now though, it would be just another game being played overseas 😦
The madness, here, cannot be compared to that of any other Country’s. Cricket, for us Indians, is the unofficial National Sport. And that combined with Regional Teams comprising of International players makes it nothing short of an Idol-to-Worship!!
I know, it might not turn out to be as bad as it seems, but these are the emotions that I, and I am sure many others, are going through. Probably the decision was made in the best interest of the game & country but I can conclude for sure, it doesn’t matter which country IPL is played in. The essence of it lies here & no where else!!
Signing off, sadly 😦
P.S.: The post is KKR biased, beacuse I hail from the city. No offence to other teams!! This is one post without revisions & editions. Kindly bear!!