IPL 2009 vs IPL 2008

Finally the second edition of the Indian Premier League kicked off this week in South Africa. But the second season has so far proved to be some what different from its debut season. Here is what I have observed so far:

  • A domestic tournament in a foreign land with no objection from the participating teams.
  • Rain affected matches (3 out of 7 so far) – Kings XI Punjab has suffered the most due to the weather.
  • Tactical time out – an official ad break during the match.
  • No Pakistani players even after the tournament was shifted to South Africa.
  • Four of the teams (Deccan Chargers, Kolkata Knightriders, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore) being led by non-Indian cricketers as compared to only a single team last year.
  • Lalit Modi is now seen as a marketing guru.
  • Team Kits are now full of advertisments
    • Chennai Super Kings – Coromandel King, Aircel, Coromandel Infotech, Reebok, Peter England, Nivea For Men, 7Up, Sonata, Cloud 9, Big Bazaar
    • Deccan Chargers – Deccan Chronicle, Odyssey, Puma, Kingfisher, McDowell’s, Big 92.7FM, Wrigley’s Orbit
    • Delhi Daredevils – Hero Honda, Kingfisher Airlines, Royal Challenge, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Fever 104FM, Wrigley’s Orbit
    • Kolkata Knight Riders – Nokia, Star Plus, Sprite, Reebok, TagHeuer, Belmonte, Gitanjali, Wrigley’s Orbit, BILT, Planet M
    • Kings XI Punjab – Emirates, Gulf Oil India, 7up, Netlinkblue, Reebok, Spring Box International, Royal Challenge, Dabur Glucose-D, Wrigley’s Orbit, Typhoo
    • Mumbai Indians – MasterCard, Royal Stag, Kingfisher, Pepsi, Adidas
    • Rajasthan Royals – Kingfisher, Boost, Puma
    • Royal Challengers Bangalore – Royal Challenge, Reebok

Feel free to add to this list.

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6 comments so far

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  2. adeelijaz49 on

    IPL popularity has certainly dropped as compared to the first season. Well, i have some different issues with IPL season 2. If you would like to read, here is the link

    http://momythesecret.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/ipl-in-south-africa-well-done-india/

  3. BN on

    well this time the Chargers are all charged up whereas the Royals are getting some Royal ass kicking 🙂

    • Ahmed on

      but Bangalore are the same old…..LOSERS

  4. sPidy on

    One thing is for sure…IPL sucks this year!

  5. sadiaali807 on

    i think the peoples has bored from the league please stop it no more it’s so boring game.


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