Published On : Fri, Jul 17th, 2015

IPL Frenzy: Boon or Bane?


Nagpur: ‘Once tumbled down becomes careful in stepping ahead.’ This phrase truly applies in case of a Mumbai-based businessman, who was once crazy to purchase Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, but today he has developed a nausea against his craze, cricket which has not yet lost its glamour. Now, the IPL for him a harbinger of misfortune for its owners, he thinks.

With such an unexpected change in his attitude to IPL, it is difficult to judge whether his mood reflects his superstitious approach to debacles or he has derived it from his practical experiences. His holding to it firmly may be seen in his own words, as, “Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy, Venketa Reddy, the Maran brothers, even Lalit Modi—just look where they are. Isn’t it eerie?”

The businessman, none other than Parth Jindal, may perhaps be termed highly speculative and skeptic about the happenings of others, such as, Subrata Roy’s being in jail, Reddy’s arrest, Mallya’s being in trouble with authorities, Maran’s Sun TV in crisis with home department, Lalit Modi’s being wanted by ED and Sunanda Pushkar’s mysterious death, but he cannot be totally ignored.

Many developments that sound unhappy make life miserable and not worth living. Look at the life of Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta who have been starving for loving life. Even N Srinivasan has lost his prized kingdom of BCCI, his son-in-law Gurunathan Meiyappan has been chided by Supreme Court for his link with bookies and his life-long ban from cricket, and almost similar fate of Raj Kundra (Rajasthan Royals). Those who got over such debacles are film-star Shah Rukh Khan, business baron Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani and GMR group of Delhi in IPL, he observes.

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