The Indian Premier League has been in play for less than two decades, but its impact on the world of cricket has been immense. In fact, the IPL’s impact on the world of cricket was almost immediate with the sport being revolutionised almost overnight.
In a recently published interview with former England cricket great Kevin Pietersen that was conducted by Betway, the sporting legend spoke about the impact that the IPL had on the game. Pietersen stressed that when he joined the IPL in 2009 for a world-record £1.1 million, the Indian cricket league was the pace-setters in the sport.
The players, managers, and even team owners spoke about and prepared for matches differently offering fans a completely different cricket experience than ever before. It is that experience that changed the game of cricket and made the Twenty-20 game the power it is today.
A massive landmark
Pietersen played for three different IPL teams including the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, and Rising Pune Super Giants. He saw first-hand just how the upstart league changed the game and cricket hasn’t looked back.
T20 Cricket has revolutionized the sport taking it from a five-day game and cramming it into a three-hour match with plenty of action. In 2008, as the IPL’s first season came to a close, Australian Brett Lee was one of the cricketers who saw the way the sport was headed and becoming more palatable for fans.
“If we look back in 10 years’ time, this is going to be a massive landmark in cricket, I think,” Lee said. “It’s a bit like when the World Series started.”
The Aussie cricketer couldn’t have been more correct. The excitement and power possessed by the IPL has been copied by other cricket organisations around the globe like the Pakistan Super League and Australia’s Big Bash League. However, these leagues merely replicate what the IPL has done, but doesn’t duplicate it.
Nothing more spectacular
According to Pietersen when speaking with Betway, nothing compares to the IPL in India. Rather than the game plodding along for five days, it is a condensed version of the sport giving fans more action. The action-packed games, which many people never would have described cricket as previously, has developed an unbeatable atmosphere that players love to compete in.
“There is nothing more spectacular – nothing more gripping, nothing more captivating,” Pietersen explained. “There is no greater entertainment in the game to watch than coming to a bumping Wankhede Stadium or full Feroz Shah Kotla.”
Not only has the IPL revolutionised cricket with its splendid atmosphere and top-quality talent, but it has offered cricketers financial security like never before. Pietersen was one of the benefits of the financial investment made by owners into the IPL. He was the most expensive cricket player in 2009 when bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for £1.1m.
The game of cricket continues to benefit from the revolution created by the IPL. It is unlikely that the benefits will end anytime soon as more fans gravitate toward the T20 version of the sport and players head to the IPL tournament each season.
Check out the video interview with Betway.