Here’s how Indians’ love for cricket evolved overtime
Every child in India dreams of becoming a cricketer. On weekends and during holidays, everyone loves to play cricket. Whether it’s a 50-over match or T20 world Cup, no Indian wants to miss a single match, especially when India is batting. India is a country that follows this sport vigorously, and everyone is keen and aware of the sport. It’s always a high-intensity game when India plays against Pakistan. The drama and emotions run high during such matches as there is a lot of pressure to win. Simply put, everyone in the country has high hopes and expectations from the very first over.
Many people feel intrigued by the T20 format after the 2007 World Cup win. In other words, this set the groundwork for the IPL cricket format. People especially loved this format of cricket as it gave them more games to watch. Widely popular, it also made the sport famous and one of the most valued cricket franchises owned by India. To give you an idea, the broadcasting rights on television raked in a whopping $510 million between 2018 to 2022.
Cricket enthusiasts in India were enthralled by the concept of an IPL cricket game – with just 20 overs. Soon, IPL became the most sought-after league in the cricket world. It also got players more recognition – making them hugely popular overnight. IPL is considered one of the most glamorous leagues, where several Indian celebrities co-owned the league teams.
One can say that IPL left a lasting impression on all cricket enthusiasts across the country. It came in with the excitement of competing with the neighbouring states. Also, it helped in upping the game or competition for the best of cricket teams – across the globe. As years passed by, IPL gained tremendous popularity and growth. It won’t be wrong to say – it made cricket more famous in every Indian household.
And then came the pandemic. India’s most-watched cricket league got postponed because of COVID restrictions. Currently, IPL 2021 is slated to return on 19th September. Since India is presently witnessing a rise in COVID cases, the IPL has been relocated to the UAE.
Emerging players like Bumrah, Siraj, Hardik Pandya, and many others have already proved their worth and skill in the Indian team and the IPL. So scouting for players in the IPL has been very beneficial to the Indian team as well. In short, IPL has given India some of the best cricketers this world has ever seen.