Sometimes being a sports journalist can seem like a punishment and if you happen to be in the online media, the feeling only gets stronger. However, it does not last long as the love for sports that drove you in to this profession is so much overpowering. Ok enough of 'my job s***s' talk with a near-possible politically correct end! Let me get back to the real point.
After a grueling 40-days of the World Cup, I am finding a reason as to why should I watch the T20 madness of Indian Premier League so soon i.e. April 8. And that we are not even done with our World Cup winning celebrations only leaves me and many likewise cricket fans searching words for the BCCI.
I approach IPL in two ways - one, as a professional and two, as a cricket fan. Trust me the second one is still better. As a professional we have to keep a track of all the matches happening at a neck-breaking pace and the fact that the number has gone up to 74 matches does not help much.
There should have been at least a gap of a fortnight between the two events. Nevertheless, I would watch the cash-rich IPL for not only cricket but also reasons beyond it.
First and foremost, I am really interested in seeing how players, who for the last three seasons played for one team, will perform for others. As a Yuvraj Singh fan (pardon me for the declaration), I am eagerly waiting to see how does he do without the Preity jhappis. From a King to a Warrior, Yuvraj's got to write his IPL success story in a different way. Given his recent form in the World Cup, that should not be a Mission Impossible.
Secondly, will the Knight Riders survive in Kolkata without Sourav Ganguly? And will his absence help the Shah Rukh Khan's team break the jinx?
Also, with two new teams - Pune and Kochi - joining the league, it will be interesting to see how they make their presence felt in the fourth season among the experienced franchises.
And last but not the least, I am really looking forward to see how the IPL holds up without Lalit Modi. Despite all the allegations and charges (true or untrue), one thing was for sure that Modi was a terrific organizer with a solution for every problem. How will the BCCI organize the event? Will it be a better tournament? Wait and Watch IPL 4 Bollywood style! Also share with us what's your reason.