With its 13th season on the cards, it’s really exciting to explore how the top quality of players stemming from BCCI protocol has made the Indian Premier League (IPL) stand above and stay bigger than counterparts like PSL, CPL & Big Bash.
The 13th edition of the renowned T20 championship – the Indian Premier League (IPL) – is set to start from 29th March 2020. The success and huge fan following in the last 12 seasons has helped the T20 league make a name for itself on the global scale.
Heads Up! What makes BCCI’s IPL bigger than PSL, CPL and Big Bash?
- 13th season of IPL to start on 29th March, 2020.
- The high quality of players make the league a huge success.
- What makes IPL stand apart form other T20 leagues like PSL, CPL and Big Bash?
- IPL is a league of the best vs best.
What separates IPL from its counterparts?
As far as the current scenario is concerned, there are a number of T20 leagues going around. Apart from the already established Indian Premier League; there’s the Big Bash in Australia, Pakistan Super League (PSL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), and many other such franchise-cricket leagues mushrooming at a significant rate.
The upcoming ‘Hundred’- a hundred delivery innings per side – in England is going to be another addition to this.
However, even after a plethora of global T20 leagues around, there’s none that come even close to what the IPL has been able to achieve.
Right from its concept, viewership, fan following, broadcasting rights – you name it and the BCCI’s strategy has aced it and IPL has stayed bigger than the likes of PSL, CPL & Big Bash. It has redefined the way the game is played.
What’s the x-factor of IPL over other T20 leagues?
As mentioned, there are a number of factors that make IPL stand apart from its so-called competitors. However, the sheer quality of players and the standard of play are the most vital factor which makes IPL stand miles ahead of its counterparts.
Various renowned cricket pundits, commentators, analysts and foreign players have openly acknowledged that the level of cricket IPL offers is at par with any international matches.
Presence of high-profile Indian cricket stars
Being an Indian originated league, the IPL consists of most of the high profile Indian international cricketers. Each of the 8 IPL teams consists of 2-3 established players.
MS Dhoni captaining Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Virat Kohli leading Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Rohit Shamra in-charge of Mumbai Indians (MI) is a treat for cricket fans globally. They are also among the iconic players of the league and have played a massive role in its success.
International cricketers lighting up the stage
The likes of Brendon McCullum, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Chris Gayle, AB de Villers have often lit the tournament with their audacious cricketing skills.
Hence, not only Indian players but it’s the presence of cricket stalwarts from various other cricket playing nations that adds to the grandeur of the event.
As only 4 overseas players are allowed – each team makes sure to field the best players available. Thus, a mix of the overseas stars along with the Indian players results in bringing the highest level of cricket for the fans. These high profile stars make your money worth it.
It’s a mix of such quality players that makes BCCI’s IPL different than PSL, CPL and Big Bash.
Rise of highly talented Indian domestic players
IPL has been a breeding ground for talent which may have otherwise gone unnoticed. It has provided young players with a stage to showcase their performance to the world.
The likes of KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Chahar, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini who are currently a part of the Indian national team have all been a part of one or the other IPL team in the past.
IPL has emerged as a boon for highly talented Indian players.
IPL – It’s best vs best
Virat Kohli facing Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma against Mitchell Starc, David Warner playing Pat Cummins – How often does one see such elite class players come up against each other?
And when this happens, it’s bound to create a mouth-watering contest for the fans. IPL is one such instance where the quality of players on display is incomparable.
Due to heavy workload, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doesn’t allow its players to be a part of other T20 leagues. As a result, IPL is one of those rare occasions, in fact, the only occasion where Indian and world cricket stars grace the stage together.
Hence IPL stands far above other leagues – both in terms of quality of players on offer and the standard of play.
The rise of IPL has only doubled with each edition. With the 2020 season on the cards, the excitement level among the fans is set to be on cloud nine once again.