Everywhere you go around India, you can spot people playing cricket. By the roadsides, at open areas, on the rooftops, at the playgrounds… anywhere, everywhere. Cricket has become an obsession to the people of India since the British came to rule. And no wonder, India has the best cricket players in the world.
The second season of India Premier League (IPL 2009) held at South Africa started on April 18, 2009 and ended with a final between Deccan Chargers (Team Hyderabad) and Royal Challegers Bangalore (Team Bangalore) last night, May 24, 2009 at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. At the end of the final, the world witnessed the underdogs Deccan Chargers win the IPL 2009 trophy by defeating the Royal Challengers by 6 runs.
It’s noticable that for 5 consecutive IPL weeks, most men in India prefered to stay at home with TV remote controls ‘glued’ to theirs hands just to make sure they were able to catch up with the latest updates of the IPL. It’s like a fever all over India! Now that the IPL is over, the roads in Mumbai are busy again.
Photo courtesy of BBC News.
Here are some fast facts about the IPL Team Owners:
* Mumbai Indians: $111.9m paid by industrialist Mukesh Ambani.
* Bangalore Royal Challengers: $111.6m paid by tycoon Vijay Mallya.
* Deccan Chargers: $107m paid by newspaper group Deccan Chronicle.
* Chennai Super Kings: $91m paid by BCCI secretary and businessman N Srinivasan.
* Delhi Daredevils: $84m paid by business group GMR Holdings.
* Kings XI Punjab: $76m paid by Bollywood star Preity Zinta and friends.
* Kolkata Knight Riders: $75m paid by Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan.
* Rajasthan Royals: $67m paid by Emerging Media Group, and 11% stake now owned by Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty.