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23 minutes ago, rangeelaraja said:

Aapko sau khoon bhi maaf.

 

Bas kuch aisa hi nasha hai Napean Sea Road/Malabar Hill ki hawa mein.

You may mock me, but you are just being oblivious to ground realities. Touch base with your friends/relatives back in the city.

 

IPL sides have SM events with colleges and schools. Campion, GD Somani , Bombay Scottish, JB Vachcha ( all girls school), JB Petit (also a girls school) used to have (student paid) field trips to the Wankhede for IPL games and sometimes the training sessions ( at the reliance facility) in the pre-covid times.

That is how you build a fan base. Girls/women make up a huge share of the merch buying IPL fanbase now. 

 

College kids are roped in and trained for stadium management/usher/basic security detail/catering management duties. Basically in a world where there are tons of avenues for recreation, the Franchises have worked wonders in capturing attention. I have nothing but admiration for their marketing plans. A mere Mumbai Indian training/ players joking around video has lakhs of views. I know of people who have cried ( yeah its silly) when their side lost an IPL final. Bottom line is, there is a lot of effort to build an identity around a franchise and its showing now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Older people who got into cricket pre-IPL might not have loyalties with it.

 

Similar to people born in the 50s who started out with test cricket don't particularly place values in ODI "world cups".

 

But the new generation is incredibly IPL crazy. And as India keeps becoming richer and this new generation keeps getting older and replacing the older generations (with further newer generations also coming) IPL is only going to get bigger and bigger.

 

I have no doubts in my mind that by 2040-50, most people will consider the IPL final far more prestigious than a T20WC just like most people consider the NBA finals far more prestigious than FIBA WC finals. There will be still remnants of the older age who might not think that way but then again their are remnants of the older age now who think test victories are more important than say India's WC win. Just like their opinion is irrelevant now, it will be irrelevant then.

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All sports leagues - whether the American ones or the European football leagues started at some time. And the guys who were adults/late teens when they started prolly didn't value them much. But now those guys have been dead for years and the teams are integral part of their cities/countries.

 

You will never hear anti-IPL screeds from anyone born post 2000.

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15 minutes ago, Mariyam said:

You may mock me, but you are just being oblivious to ground realities. Touch base with your friends/relatives back in the city.

 

IPL sides have SM events with colleges and schools. Campion, GD Somani , Bombay Scottish, JB Vachcha ( all girls school), JB Petit (also a girls school) used to have (student paid) field trips to the Wankhede for IPL games and sometimes the training sessions ( at the reliance facility) in the pre-covid times.

That is how you build a fan base. Girls/women make up a huge share of the merch buying IPL fanbase now. 

 

College kids are roped in and trained for stadium management/usher/basic security detail/catering management duties. Basically in a world where there are tons of avenues for recreation, the Franchises have worked wonders in capturing attention. I have nothing but admiration for their marketing plans. A mere Mumbai Indian training/ players joking around video has lakhs of views. I know of people who have cried ( yeah its silly) when their side lost an IPL final. Bottom line is, there is a lot of effort to build an identity around a franchise and its showing now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@Mariyam I do visit Mumbai every 2 years .

 

But I cannot relate to these sensibilities. I started watching the game in 95 ( 13-14 years before IPL took wings).

 

For me the nationalistic sentiment when the India flag being paraded after we win a real hard fought victory against the odds is goose bump worthy. It is feeling of joy that is unmatched. It is why i started watching the game.

 

Watching one billionaire's franchise slug it out against another does not cater to my emotions.  

 

Plus I feel disgusted at the de-humanizing "auctions" that take place every year ( boli lagana ) - turning the cricketers to mere commodities. 

 

 I find it gross and unwatchable. 

 

Maybe IPL is for the "new" generation who have not grown up waking up at 4-5 AM to watch India touring Aus/NZ.

 

 

 

 

 

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I prefer test cricket but enjoy the IPL also. It gives opportunity to unknowns like Tewatia to shine and earn a living. There's 1-2 exciting young Indian players on most teams and it's nice to see how they face up against international quality opposition. Also, regarding test cricket - we should stop devaluing home wins as if they are meaningless. In the recent England series at home, most batsmen including ours faced challenging conditions. Just because the challenge is not about pace/swing, we should not treat it as an inferior challenge. 

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On 9/13/2021 at 2:05 PM, rangeelaraja said:

 

 

@Mariyam I do visit Mumbai every 2 years .

 

But I cannot relate to these sensibilities. I started watching the game in 95 ( 13-14 years before IPL took wings).

 

For me the nationalistic sentiment when the India flag being paraded after we win a real hard fought victory against the odds is goose bump worthy. It is feeling of joy that is unmatched. It is why i started watching the game.

 

Watching one billionaire's franchise slug it out against another does not cater to my emotions.  

 

Plus I feel disgusted at the de-humanizing "auctions" that take place every year ( boli lagana ) - turning the cricketers to mere commodities. 

 

 I find it gross and unwatchable. 

 

Maybe IPL is for the "new" generation who have not grown up waking up at 4-5 AM to watch India touring Aus/NZ.

 

 

 

 

 

I HATE the words "sold" and "bought" referring to franchises hiring players. It is so disgusting! 

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