Indian Premier League 2017 Overview
Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, Saurav Ganguly and Virendra Sehwag are names in cricket that will send shudders down any fanatic’s spine. The four giants commemorated the IPL 2017 and the fans in Hyderabad were slipping off their seats. The stadium was packed at the defending champion’s grounds and although the opening functions weren’t as glamorous as they used to be five years ago, it still managed to get their loyal views glued on screen.
Prior to this there was a lot of speculation about IPL’s popularity being saturated among the rest of the ‘PL’s’ that had followed suit.
Indian Super League, Hockey India League, Pro Kabaddi League, Premier Badminton League are just a few widely famous leagues that stole the show since IPL’s inception. The popularity of leagues has dispersed the nation’s attention which once knew nothing but the infamous IPL horn, foreign cheerleaders and ace film stars who owned their teams.
Today, every other league has the same.
There was a time when authorities had truly feared the free fall of TRP and decline in the popularity of the League, but what kept it going? Well, it’s obvious: The players. The mix of Indian stalwarts and international giants playing cricket alongside each other can never get old for a nation that thrives on the sport. Every cricketing country has participated in the tournament and popular or not, the right fans will never miss a chance to watch Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle dance together on field as a celebration. Sport is a business that never stops pumping, and IPL has done just that since 10 years. Also the last tournament from this brand as the contract gets over this year.
The 2017 auction got everyone glued to the television, a total of 66 players were sold out of which 27 were foreigners. However, 23 Crorepatis were born in season 10, with the top five positions stolen away by Ben Stokes – Rising Pune Supergiants – INR 14.5 Cr., Tymal Mills – Royal Challengers Bangalore – INR 12 Cr., Kagiso Rabada – Delhi Daredevils – INR 5 Cr., Trent Boult – Kolkata Knight Riders – INR 5Cr. and Pat Cummins – Delhi Daredevils – INR 4.5 Cr.; all of them being international players. Kings XI Punjab arrived with the biggest auction purse of INR 23.35 Cr. and Mumbai Indians with the least with INR 11.5 Cr.
Some spectator set backs worth mentionable is Ravichandran Ashwin’s ruling out due to sports hernia and Murali Vijay’s due to a wrist surgery. Virat Kohli as well, has sat out of the first game that was played between Hyderabad and Bangalore due to the shoulder injury he suffered during the Australia – India test matches, however, he was present as captain nonetheless. Similarly, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja the main faces of the Ind-Aus test match victory have also reported injuries, and its starting to feel like these guys are just tired from the marathon that went on during the test matches. The biggest shocker came when Chetesh Pujara the man who made a double century not one month ago remained unsold, and these little things expose IPL’s failures.
Last night, the defending champions: Sunrisers Hyderabad; won the very first match of IPL 2017 and beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs. It was epic to watch Yuvraj Singh score a whopping 62 and David warner hug him tight during the match when the opposing team’s wickets started falling. It’s this collective spirit that makes IPL so special. Not one month ago, the heat between the Indian and Australian players during the test matches were burning up like never before, but at the IPL you will probably watch the same players playing on the same side hugging each other and appreciating the beauty of the sport. This collective effort and collaborative love for the sport has brought IPL this far.