The Indian Premier League which premiers itself once in a year on the summer season is losing its heat this year. Probably.
Come every April-May and you can see Indians cheering for their city or for their favorite player, while spewing venom against their own national players who play for a city they hate. IPL which started as the pinnacle of entertainment in Indian landscape had built upon a strong base until this year. While the towel-fixing scandal took a hit on IPL two years before, the tournament went strong last year even with better entertainment in terms of Lok Sabha elections. But this year, the zeal is missing among the Indian cricket fans. We met some of them to understand the reason.
We first met Shashank, an ardent ex-fan of Royal Challengers Bangalore. When we asked him for the reason, he replied, “I’m still angry over Virat Kohli. Even though I cheer for RCB, still an Indian victory at this World Cup would have boosted our morale. Also, I’m starting to hate Kingfisher beer. Maybe, that is why I’m not planning to cheer for RCB this time.”
We then met a Chennai Super Kings fan, Subramanian. He said, “I’m still rooting for my city. I think the reason for less passion in IPL this time might be the time-gap between World Cup and IPL. We just have two weeks between these two big sporting moments. We have to tune our mind to hate the Indian cricket player we love, because he plays for a different city. And we have to start liking a foreign cricket player we used to hate, because he plays for CSK. That needs a lot of self-brainwash. We need to make sure not to jump in joy for Hussey getting out or not to become anxious for Kohli getting out. And, we cricket fans are struggling to switch our allegiance within such a short period. Moreover, a World Cup victory in 2011 boosted us, but the defeat this time has actually tested our strong cricketing fetish.”
Another fan of Delhi Daredevils, added few points, “We can easily get over match fixing and elections. But, jumping from one team to another team is pretty confusing yaar. It is like supporting Shazia Ilmi when she was in AAP and trying to hate her when she jumped to BJP. One has to be either Shazia fan or Kejriwal fan. One cannot be both. I think you got what I try to mean.”