Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim opined that the introduction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was a bit late with respect to the careers of former batting legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.
The IPL began in 2008 and it ended up revolutionizing Indian cricket and discovering many young talents. It also provided domestic players with a platform where they could rub shoulders with international cricketers.
However, if it had been created earlier, Tendulkar and co. would have thrived considering they were at their peak in the early 2000s.
“IPL came 2-3 years late in the careers of icon players. The track record of players like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, and Sourav Ganguly has been brilliant in white-ball cricket.”
“So for them, it would have been easier for them to adjust to T20 cricket. I think they tried a lot, but since it was the last leg of their careers, it took time to adjust to T20s,” Karim was quoted as saying on the YouTube podcast, Khelneeti.
“IPL has reached the level of football leagues” – Saba Karim
Karim further reckoned that the IPL’s growth has been phenomenal and can be compared to sports leagues around the world. It is by far the biggest cricketing league in the world and with the addition of two new teams, is expected to garner even more interest.
“IPL has reached the level of football leagues and we are progressing continuously. Because of the TV revenue that has been generated and the reach that it has gained, it has become a mature league. We can compare it to any international sports league,” he further stated.
The IPL 2022 season begins on March 26 with a clash between last year’s finalists, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).