The great Indian Tamasha (some like to call it the IPL) that spanned over a period of 45 days, came to an end last week. Some people say it is a revolution, it has changed the face of the Indian entertainment industry, it has changed the way people watch TV in India, SONY TV’s TRPs have shot up big time and blah blah blah………….
Apart from these lines, the info bar at the bottom in every news channel also showed these lines: Sachin pulls out of asia cup, Zaheer unfit for asia cup, sreesanth unfit to play(not b’coz of bhajjis slap though!!!), injured RP singh to miss first one-dayer.
Well, the only answer to that is we have got the replacements also thanks to the IPL.
But was it necessary in the first place, player burn-out has been the most vocalized issue in international cricket for the last couple of years. Right from ricky ponting to MS dhoni, all have voiced their concerns over too much cricket being played these days, so was the tournament of such great length necessary when the players needed a much deserved break right after a grueling aussie tour.
Some would say “look at the money involved”, true; I totally agree that the amount of money involved makes it almost irresistible, but then we should stop expecting our players to have long careers, the way I see it there would be hardly a player who has debuted in recent times and will play for our country for a period of 15-16 years,like sachin or kapil or gavaskar. Players of todays age will have short careers of 5-6 years in which they will earn a lot of money through extravaganzas like the IPL but wont get the honour of representing their country for long.
We are not country like Australia that can produce talented cricketers at a regular interval of time, I believe the present crop of players is the best we’ve had for the last few years, and it is the best we are going to have for quite a few years to come. We must try our best to preserve such players rather than burn them out before their time……..