The wait ends. IPL starts finally. The funny commercial ads, cool formats and a pinch of glamour; no matter how used to you are, it always excites you. IPL never fails to grab limelight but the last season was disaster. It was an exception to this phenomenon and was entirely a show off. Two months of lengthy tournament of world cup and no relief to that, was the only reason that stole popularity of IPL. It became overdose. Complete overdose.
IPL Season 5: Disaster or Success.
This IPL was considered crucial. After tasting bitter results in various tournaments for almost a year, IPL was considered to be a happy relief. The promotion was good and enough, hype was there but the result came out completely unfavorable. No one knows where things went wrong and what fell short but IPL has lost its 70% popularity. The inaugural match and empty stands? 😮 well that speaks volume about decline in its entertainment factor. The reasons can be sorted out but remedies can’t. Something like EPL goes on for years and still its popularity increases every year. Here, IPL is doomed in just five seasons. The inaugural ceremony was highly anticipated and that’s what changed the mindset of people towards the tournament. The fifth season was nowhere to what we have seen for the last four seasons. Not even near to it. Just because you bring big celebrities doesn’t mean audience are content. They want entertainment. They want extravaganza. We are fed up of item numbers by Kareena. We have seen Priyanka Chopra doing same stuff innumerable of times. And what was wrong with Prabhu Dheva? What was he really trying to prove with his Michael Jackson tactics? The recital of Big B was complete no no. Katy Perry did nothing more than making Indians wonder who is she? And no, we don’t want to see Salman Khan. We don’t want to see someone dancing to some absurd steps with equally absurd red coloured pants in front of less dignified outsiders. The inaugural ceremony was an epic fail. If you can’t do it with grace then better don’t do it. Enough said.
Moving on to the tournament, the reasons behind its failure can be prescribed broad
1. Less or almost no breathing gap.
It’s been seven days the world cup has come to finish, the IPL 4 starts. Soon after we have a Carrebian tour. Then we went to England, English players came to India. Soon later, a disastrous series with Australia and then disappointing CB series and Asia cup. There has been no breathing space through ought and it has become like an overdose of cricket. Cricket haters like us want relief.
2. Availability of less number of players.
That has been the issue since season one but it’s exposed now. There are no big players available for entire season. There are no big names in the teams. Who wants to watch same state players beating the shit outta national team heroes? That’s not exciting. Very less Indians are able to grab eyeballs with their performance in the tournament. That’s what it makes it not at all interesting. That’s a repulsive force between the tournament and Indian audience.
3. Imbalanced teams.
The teams are highly imbalanced. No team is perfect and no team is strong. In fact, all of them are weak and messed up. No one can firmly say, yes, this is my favorite and I’m supporting it. No actual support from people, no fan debates and thus no excitement.
4. Foolish organization.
Well, the person who thought of arranging something like inaugural nite and inaugural match in Chennai needs to be awarded with a highly dignified award. No crowd, no madness and no deadly cheering. Chennai was less exciting. Sadly enough, Mumbai is the only ideal place for it. It’s disappointing a huge number of fans. Even, Pune would have organized it in a better way. Chennai was a disaster.
5. Uncool brandings.
Uncool brandings is a strong factor that affected IPL’s popularity. No team has a cool jersey that one would feel like flaunting in public. No team has an eye catching name. What is this Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders? We are not playing video game, it’s cricket. The theme songs too are complete let down. They are boring and equally irritating. Well, this one may not sound viable reason but it affects popularity to a great extent.
The Lalit Modi factor.
Lastly, the Lalit Modi factor is also talked about. Let’s forget all other things and look at the way he handled things. Gracefully and with ease. He shaped the IPL in a way that made it more popular in less time. Others, so far, have failed in proving IPL can take place without Lalit Modi.
The plus points of IPL. Very few but let’s just mention them.
1. Entertainment and what not? Glamour meets cricket is always a successful equation.
2. Saviors for hot afternoon. I generally, have nothing to do to kill these tormenting hot holiday afternoons and so the IPL helps therein.
3. No daily soaps for a month. The men in your family rise with some inspiration and take away the remote from females to change channel to Set Max. Not a brilliant idea, but IPL is okay than daily soaps.
4. Topic to discuss. Well, discussion about Chris Gayle’s sixes, Malinga’s bowled outs or Deepika Padukone’s sexy dresses will help you kill a boring Mathematics lecture.
5. Other than that, switch off the TV, share this post and help towards making this the best cricket mag.
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