The Morning After

21 Feb

The News channels have gone hoarse talking about the IPL.. Is it good? Is it bad? Are we losing our way? Everyone is an analyst.. ex-players, ex-models, ex-movie stars, ex-exs.. EVERYONE…

Players are happy that they’ve made a lot of money (please read the fine print. Knowing the BCCI, I’d do that).

BCCI is delirious – Look at the money they have made. They are even willing to share it with the players.

TV Guys are ecstatic.. they have something to talk about.

Ex-Crickteers are happy – Job opportunities opening up.. no not as coaches but as analysts.

The only ones that are nervous (in my opinion) are the owners of the franchises. They are hoping that their investments pay off and that people fill the stadiums…we’ll see.

Funny thing on TV was Preity Zinta talking cricket strategy… and the TV reporters actually asking her questions about it…

Its a Three Ring Circus folks !!

Now the names… the Bangalore Team has been named Royal Challengers (just two letters added to Royal Challenge which is a United Breweries brand name)…

Not too thrilled with the Bangalore team. But then one thing is sure, knowing Vijay Mallya, they’ll at least be the best attired.. if nothing else.

Finally a Question: How long will it be before a player grumbles that hes not being paid as much as the other guy? Days, Weeks, Months, Never? Pray Tell…


20 Responses to “The Morning After”

  1. My3 February 21, 2008 at 10:34 am #

    Okay Vijay. I am officially lodging my first complaint. 2 postings in a row with NO mention of food?!?!?!?!?!?

    And hey watching Preity Zinta is probably easier on the eye than some of our cricketers playing cricket ;-).

    As you can tell, I know nothing of what is going on in India with regards to cricket 😀

  2. | Balu | February 21, 2008 at 11:17 am #

    Ponting is already surprised he was ‘sold’ so cheap!

    PS: can this be used for bangalore mirror, blog talk?

  3. Vijay February 21, 2008 at 11:22 am #

    @My3: Pressure.. pressure.. I am trying to cut down 🙂

    @Balu: Sure.. go ahead..

  4. neela February 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm #

    “..knowing Mallya they will be the best attired .”
    Won’t they will be an too bright if they play with THAT red in sunshine…
    They may also sport a video display at the back advertising you know what the backs of KF airline seats …

  5. Vijay February 22, 2008 at 5:25 am #

    @Neela: As long as they dont wear red skirts 🙂

  6. My3 February 22, 2008 at 11:35 am #

    Kilt Ishtyle 😉

  7. Vijay February 22, 2008 at 1:01 pm #

    @My3: lol… maybe B’lore can get too cold for that…

  8. vatsala February 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm #

    Cricketeers are happy with the price the got! So they were auctioned! bought. So, they are items on sale! Are they listed at the stock exchange or commodity market?

  9. Vijay February 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    Their contract says that they can be “sold” if they dont perfom…so yes they are a commodity….

  10. My3 February 22, 2008 at 4:52 pm #

    Totally inane question, how do we get an image up in our square instead of a white blob?D

  11. raydixon February 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm #

    Ponting is already surprised he was ’sold’ so cheap

    Ponting was lucky to get a bid, Balu, given his form. I’m surprised no one wanted McGrath, he’s “old & retired” but still a match winner. So consistent in line & length. They could have got him for $100,000 and that’s cheap.

  12. Vijay February 24, 2008 at 2:17 am #

    @My3: You need to get a wordpress account for that.

    @Ray: I agree with you on McGrath… I guess this is a “young studs” league

  13. some body February 24, 2008 at 7:27 am #


    … and you need to be logged in to that wordpress account (fingerprint recognition, for better or for worse) is yet to be incorporated into keyboards. fireworks sometimes erupt when readers/bloggers fail to realize that there can be more than one commentator named “vijay” or – believe me on this – “anonymous”.


    this is a league of mc-raws, not m(c/g)-wraths, hopefully!

    – s.b.

  14. Vijay February 25, 2008 at 5:35 am #

    @sb: We’ll see.. we’ll see.. By the way a max of 4 overseas players in any playing eleven…

  15. Veena Shivanna February 26, 2008 at 9:16 am #

    Nice to see your mom’s comments here.

    Aunty, you should tell us(the budding mothers) how you transformed this mischiveous guy into a smart CEO ?

    and you must be knowing that Vijay provides a platform to write on his blog, so you can write some of your experiences here (choTe mooh baDi baat).

  16. IPL Blogger February 26, 2008 at 10:50 am #

    IPL is going to be a big success in a country like india. It would gradually be interesting for other countries as their top batsmen can play in IPL. important is the money flowing over IPL. View all the teams

  17. Vijay February 27, 2008 at 6:47 am #

    @Veena: I am trying to get her to write.. we’ll see 🙂

  18. clubwah February 28, 2008 at 6:07 am #

    I like the idea where the world’s best cricketers are paid accordingly. It’s a shame they are signed up for three years.

    If this happened yearly, with a maximum price that can be paid, then it would reflect the best players in the world at the time – this means players who feel they would rather play IPL for the money instead of their country won’t really get a look in as their price will depend on their form.

    These guys are all highly competitive and pride will ensure they do their best among the world’s best – that will be incentive enough.

  19. Vijay February 28, 2008 at 6:10 am #

    @clubwah: Hopefully they’ll have a system whereby the players can demand what they are worth… (like the NBA/NFL in the USA)… I agree with you on the fact that they’ll give it their best…

  20. Chitra March 11, 2008 at 11:51 pm #

    Preity Zinta was talking cricket strategy? She herself has agreed that she knows nothing about cricket, but then went on to say she knew nothing about acting either and it hadn’t made any difference. 😛

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