Is IPL losing its sheen?

Apr 11, 2013, 01:08 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

With the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, The Guide spoke to Punekaris about their views on the cricket mania gripping the nation and on who's their favourite player

A brand new season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season is underway. And aside from the thrill of the game, we wondered whether the marketing brouhaha has led to an overdose of IPL mania. We quizzed Punekaris about their views:

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Entrepreneur Pravin Kulkarni says that the enthusiasm is less as compared to last year, in terms of people heading to watch the IPL matches. “I had a lot of hopes from the Pune Warriors but they have not proved up to the mark. I feel that way too much cricket is being played nowadays and hence, the appeal has reduced. Sachin Tendulkar is my favourite player among all the teams and also Yuvraj Singh from the Pune Warriors.

Anmey Kulkarni, a city student, feels that there is less of a craze as people know that the IPL is more about entertainment than about cricket and hence, they don’t enjoy it. “People get bored of watching so many matches as they see the same faces and the same strokes. I like Steven Smith from the Pune Warriors team and Rahul Dravid is my all-time favourite,” he says.

Software engineer Anup Kulkarni observes that people prefer to watch the matches on television rather than head to the stadium as the stadium is located far from the city. “Overall the IPL craze has reduced. From the Pune Warriors team, I like Steven Smith.”

Amogh Patwardhan, Creative design lead at Infosys, however feels that the IPL craze has not reduced at all. “All the matches are going housefull and there is a lot more fun in seeing the actual match. The tickets get booked in advance in Pune as well as other places as there is a lot of demand. I ensure that I watch all the matches as I feel that every match is different. From the Pune Warriors team, I like Yuvi a lot as he made a great comeback and he is a good player for the T20 matches,” he says

Naina Bhasin Jhala, Assistant Sales and Marketing Manager in a private firm, said that the craze has reduced for sure as compared to last year and fewer people head to hotels to watch the matches and instead watch it from home. “I like Yuvi a lot from the Pune Warriors as he is a good player,” she states. 

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