I have never been a cricket enthusiast. My interest in the game evolved when Saurav Ganguly became the opening batsmen for the Indian Cricket team and died a natural death with his retirement from the One-Day version of the game. Beyond that the game of cricket as such has had little meaning to me. But yes, cricket watching experience has been a significant part of my upbringing, for whenever India, played I saw all the aunties of my close knit neighborhood go all enthusiastic and patriotic. I always experienced an unknown adrenaline rush whenever I heard the kids from neighborhood go hooting and shouting whenever there was a six, or a wicket by the Indian side. It was funny when my otherwise could-care-less attitude laden father sat biting his nails while India took on the best teams in “IMPORTANT” matches against Pakistan. But then that’s about it. I could never talk about the technicalities of the game, beyond a batsmen being right handed or left-handed (Yes you guessed it right! This too I know because Saurav Ganguly was a left-handed batsman)
I am sure you are already wondering that why then I chose to review IPL-ology by Paresh Godhwani. Well, while I have never been too interested in the technicalities of the game, I sure am fascinated by the modalities of this game that has this country hooked like a puppy to its master. The sheer scale of its popularity, the dynamics that governs this game along with the commercial implications is definitely worth all the hype this game enjoys. And this is the very reason I picked up IPL-ology. I wanted to know all about the format that has taken the cricket world by storm. And I am glad that I read this amazing book written by fellow blogger – Paresh Godhwani. (To visit Paresh Godhwani’s blog click here)
IPL-ology by Paresh Godhwani – My Review
I have always been intrigued by the format of IPL that has changed the way we view the game, enjoy it and analyze it. I am sure, it has changed the meaning of the game for the people on the other side too – the ones who organize the game and play the game.
Paresh Godhwani has done an excellent job of literally covering the A to Z of this Daddy of all cricket leagues in a very interesting way. He has not only very pragmatically catered to all aspects of the life-stages of IPL as an institution; but also sprinkled it with enough masala to keep his narrative interesting.
Paresh’s detailed research and study reflects throughout the book. This is evident from his elaborate description of technical and commercial aspects of IPL such as bidding, politics, sponsorships etc. As a management student I found the book to be extremely gratifying as it gave me an inside out view of why the IPL format has gained popularity as well as become a priority for all its stakeholders.
Paresh Godhwani has given deserving space to even the kit designs, cheer leaders, after-parties and all the other controversies that have encompassed IPL over the years. His logical flow of unraveling every knot that comprises IPL is sure to keep the reader hooked until the last page is turned.
Thanks to IPL-ology by Paresh Godhwani, I can now claim that I know all about IPL that there is to know and will follow the next season with a new found interest.
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