The Indian Premier League has arrived and it is here to stay. It all started with a bang, the Kolkata Knight Riders starting off in rollicking fashion and winning over the Bangalore Royal Challengers in an emphatic manner. However much has happened since then with the Knight riders looking down the wrong end of the barrel and the Royal Challengers already set for an early exit from the tournament. Readers must be thinking , "Oh come on, what bullshit ! All these are known !" However, the point of this post is not to criticise or appreciate teams but to appreciate the concept of IPL as a whole and why it is supposed to stay in the long run.
First and foremost, the other day, I found myself supporting Umar Gul while he was bowling to an Indian batsman. I doubt, whether I would have done it ever before. So, what IPL has done is it has brought forward the spirit of universal brotherhood and kinship which is rare by any standards. The quality of cricket is awesome with all the big guns firing on all cylinders (barring Sachin). It has brought to light some of the young talents of the country who were unheard of, at least for people like me. The competition is immense. And last but not the least the camaraderie shown by the players irrespective of race, religion, caste, creed, nationality is worth more than mere appreciation.