And here it begins again; the madness is going to strike today, once again the world will witness the craziness of the game and this time the war is not among nations, but between temper, experience, wisdom, respect, honor and individuality. The so called 'Karmayuddh" of the players, the fourth edition of DLF Indian Premier League is set to take off tonight with a momentous clash between super cool Dhoni"s defending champions, Chennai Super Kings and the dark horse, Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai.
Since its inception, this format has gained unprecedented admiration among the cricket maniacs. The glitz, glamour and stardom involved in it, has attracted the senses of even those who are disinterested in the game. The short format with lots of firework from the players and magnetizing moves of the cheer girls has been successful in drawing awe of the masses.
In the recent past, IPL was surrounded with lot of controversies and allegations. The clouds of fear over the uncertainty of the conduct of the league was gathering momentum, but the game was won and with the addition of two new teams, 'Kochi Tuskers", and 'Sahara Pune Warriors" this edition is much more promising in terms of entertainment and challenge.
This time IPL is going to face a stiff test of popularity. The world cup triumph has already overshadowed the promotions of the league and it would be interesting to see how the league defies the popularity of the cricket world cup. Teams have geared up, cheer girls have dressed up, and it is now time to get glued to television sets, to cheer your favorite team, to shriek the name of your best player and witness a fifty days long cricketing extravaganza.
Devendar Pratap Singh M