Watching IPL ’09
I’ve been glued to the TV since the IPL started. It’s been a mixed experience so far, mostly because I tend to catch the irritating aspects before the entertaining ones. So here, I dump a few of my thoughts about watching the IPL on TV:
It’s a torture watching the bored face of Arun Lal. Last Sunday he turned out in the same jacket that he was wearing in photograph shown in ‘this’ post. And to top it off he was rooting for KKR so badly, at one point he said something that amounted to “I don’t have a soft corner for KKR, my whole body is soft for them.” WTF?
His competitor in boring commentary, LSRK is not far behind. In the match between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers, Virat Kohli grassed a catch he should have taken (mostly because he was trying to be a smart a$$ by going for it one-handed). LSRK totally misses it and says “he sure stopped a boundary”. The remainder of his chatter revolves around adjectives like “extremely” and “really”.
Now to the Knight(y) Riders. What a mess, eh? First they had five captains, then they went to one captain and that captain might change midway. Total masala to screw the team. And it’s working already. I hope SRK sells the team and does what he is best known for, dancing at marriages and parties. At the least this could result in KKR getting a better sounding name.
The commentators being forced to say “DLF Maximum” instead of “SIX!” is the most ghatiya marketing gimmick. It remind me of the Radio commentary where commentators used to say “aur ye laga ek aur Dabur Lal dantamanjan / Amrutanjan chauka”. The only commentator consistently avoiding this is Harsha Bhogle (he is not calling it a SIX either, instead using phrases like “Huge Hit” and so on.) Better any day.
Long before the tournament began, I was of the opinion that the Deccan Chargers had not plugged the biggest whole in their team, the Bowling. But when I realised that the tournament would be played on faster pitches and in swinging conditions, my thoughts changed. RP Singh was India’s most successful bowler in the 2007 T20 World Cup, and playing in SA again has brought the best out of him. He is DC’s trump card. Of course, the whole team is playing well right now, my only worries revolve around the lower middle order. We lack a good all-rounder.
As much as I enjoyed the match between Rajasthan Royals and KKR, I disliked the concept of Super Over. It only looks like another way to earn money by bombarding us with even more ads.
When talking about ads, how can we forget the ‘Strategic Time Out’? It should have been ideally called “Strategic mid innings interruption” that helps no one except the broadcasters and the BCCI. It surely would not have been there had the tournament been played in India.
The crowds at the stadiums are being made to look larger than they are. This ploy is not new of course, the ICL uses it all the time. Apart from the few areas that are filled, we are made to see the team owners and Lalit Modi after every ball is bowled. As if we need to be reminded of their greatness. If I had it my way, I’d ad block Lalit Modi’s face from the TV screen. And may be replace it with a chimp’s face.
And finally, the organisers have got an egg on their faces thanks to the rains. It has rained on almost all match days. And they selected South Africa because England would be too rainy. What a shame.