3 May, 2017
Cricket is a widely popular sport played across the world both for recreation and at a professional level. It originated way back in the 16th century and history has to say that it originated from one of the many stick and ball games played in England. But it wasn’t until the 17th century that Cricket came to be recognised as a distinct sport.
This popularity of Cricket gradually grew and came to become what we know today as Modern Day Cricket. The modern day cricket is managed under International Cricket Council which laid out three basic formats of the sport- Test Matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty-20 abbreviated to T20.
The test Match form of cricket is the highest standard of cricket and is also the one with longest duration. It is a 4 innings match with 2 innings on either side and lasts up to 5 days. It is played using a red ball and the teams on either side wear only white clothing. It is also the only form of cricket that can end in a draw.
One Day Internationals are rather a lesser standard of cricket compared to Test Matches. As the name suggests, it lasts only a day and is a 2 innings match. ODIs are played using a white ball and the players wear the jerseys of their respective teams.
Twenty-20 or T20 series are the shortest and last only for 3 hours. They are also 2 innings matches but the overs per inning are limited to only 20 while it is unlimited and 50 for Test Matches and ODIs respectively.
Indian Premier League or IPL is a professional form of T20 held in India and is traditionally played amongst the teams from different cities of India. It was founded by BCCI or Board of Control for Cricket in India. IPL has grown to be one of the most popular cricket leagues with the maximum attendance. It also ranks 6th among other sports leagues. There are various reasons why IPL grew out to be popular, first being the inherited craze for the sport in India. Also, IPL came out with innovative marketing strategies. For instance, IPL became the first sporting event to broadcast live on YouTube. IPL also grosses high and earns enormous revenue and is sponsored by many leading brands and industries.
For a country where Cricket is a religion, IPL served as a fuel.
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