Monday, April 28, 2008


Lawrence Booth thinks that IPL is more like IFL (India's Foreign Legion). I agree. In his article Booth discusses how the most important performances have been by foreign stars rather than by Indians. A little bit of perspective though. This is not entirely unexpected when you have 4 foreign international players per team. In contrast there are about 1-2 current Indian national team players per team, the rest being Ranji players and Under 22 players. International stars (and not even a journeyman international player) are obviously international stars only because they are way ahead of the rest. Even looking at the performance of Indian players, the better performances are mostly by those who have played for the country (notable exceptions being Ashok Dinda of Kolkata Knight Riders and Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Daredevils).

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