The DLF Indian Premier League is providing us with interesting insights as to what happens when sports becomes a business proposition rather than a leisure activity.
The Economic Times reports that 5 players of the Shah Rukh Khan owned Kolkata Knight Riders have been asked to vacate their hotel. The possible reason for asking the 5 young men to ride away was to cut costs.
The King of Good Times has been hit by bad times in the DFL Indian Premier League. Vijay Mallya sees himself and his precious brands at the very bottom of the points table.
The question is on everyone’s lip: Should a cricket team be run like a business? Is a cricket team any different? Vandana Mittal has a nice article which debates this issue. Should the rules of business apply to cricket?
I am a firm believer in the old adage that “Fortune Favours The Brave”. I find this applicable at work and at play.
The recent inaugural match of the DLF Indian Premier League was a case in point. Rahul Dravid is considered an astute student of the game of cricket. Yet he has always been cautious, sometimes to a fault. The atmosphere at Bengaluru on April 18 was out of the world. The splendid inauguration ceremony had the crammed stadium and millions of viewers of TV worldwide completely spell bound.
A feast ahead for the Indian cricket fan. The long awaited DFL Indian Premier League is all set to get off to a rousing start in my hometown of Bengaluru.
Bangalore’s Royal Challengers takes on Kolkatta’s Knight Riders in the inaugural match on April 18. The match will be preceded by a lot of fanfare including the Washington Redskins providing the cheerleading.
The tournament sees 8 teams play 56 matches to be followed by two semi-finals and the grand finale at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on June 1. See the fixtures here.
Sachin Tendulkar achieved a milestone that had eluded him till now. A century at Adelaide – home to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman. In the first day of the final Test at Adelaide, Sachin today held the Indian innings together with a spirited 124 not out.
This was his 39th Test century. He leads the list of century makers in Test cricket. He is now way ahead of Brian Lara with 34 and Ricky Ponting with 33 Test hundreds.
With 11, 740 runs, Sachin is only 213 runs behind Brian Lara for the most runs in Test cricket.
The reason why the late Sir Donald Bradman is considered the best batsman ever lies in the fact that he scored 6996 Test runs in 80 innings with an average which will never be beaten of 99.94!!
Congratulations to Anil Kumble and his men for the fantastic victory over the Aussies in the Perth Test.
What made the victory more remarkable was the hype about the fast pitch at Perth, the Aussie pace battery of 4 fast men etc. As Sunil Gavaskar said in his post match summary today, this was one of the best victories by India ever, especially considering we got whipped at Melbourne and should have won if not drawn at Sydney.
Every one contributed. Rahul Dravid’s 93 in the first innings, Laxman and Irfan Pathan with the bat in the second innings. Excellent bowling by Irfan, RP Singh and young Ishant Sharma in both the innings.
Kumble spoke of the challenges the team faced and how they triumphed.