A different league: on Indian Premier League 2019

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A different league: on Indian Premier League 2019

In its 12th iteration, the IPL fields concerns about its place in the cricket calendar
The Indian Premier League, since its launch in 2008, has become a sporting indulgence(अनुग्रह/आज्ञा) every summer. Cricketing purists(शौकीन/शुद्धतावादियों) may sneer at Twenty20s and their lack(अभाव/कमी) of historical(ऐतिहासिक ) resonance(गूंज/प्रतिध्वनि), but there is no denying(नकारना/अस्वीकार करना) the IPL’s popularity (लोकप्रियता )and resilience(लचीलापन). The 12th edition, which started in Chennai on Saturday with an easy victory(जीत) for the holders Chennai Super Kings, will span(अवधि/सीमा) diverse(विविध ) venues(स्थान) for the 60 matches. Despite(के बावजूद) the elections being held through seven phases(चरण) during April-May, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has ensured(सुनिश्चित ) that every franchise(सुविधा/मताधिकार/रिआयत) gets its rightful share of home and away matches. But besides the immediacy of sixes, dot-balls and ecstatic(उन्मादपूर्ण/चित्ताकर्षक) fans, the current IPL has to deal with the elephant in the room. It is expected(अपेक्षित/प्रत्याशित) to conclude(निष्कर्ष निकालना/समापन करना) on May 12, and immediately the biggest tournament in the International Cricket Council calendar awaits the players. The World Cup starts on May 30, with host England taking on South Africa at the Oval. India will open its campaign(अभियान/मुहिम) with the game against(विरुद्ध/के खिलाफ) South Africa at Southampton on June 5. But there isn’t enough time for the Indian team to recuperate(पुनरावृत्ति/संभलना ).

Virat Kohli’s men have been playing without a break over the last few months, with tours of Australia and New Zealand followed by the limited overs series against visiting(दौरा) Australians. They then plunged into the IPL, and now with the World Cup looming large, that old debate of club vs country has bubbled(बुदबुदाना) up again, and rightly so. There are fears about Indian and overseas(विदेशी) cricketers picking up injuries(चोटें) in the league, which might scupper(टूटना/तबाह करना) their World Cup plans. The national selectors, who are keeping an eye out for some surprise talent emerging(उभरना) in the league, are hoping that the core group of established(कायम करना/प्रमाणित) stars will remain fit for cricket’s showpiece event. There is speculation(सट्टा/चिंतन/विचार) about the BCCI and the Indian team management having had a word with team-owners over workload management so that key players don’t suffer a burnout(खराब हुए). Yet, there is no clarity about this plan, and the fear of fatigue(थकान/श्रम) derailing the cricketers is a genuine one. Amidst this confusion(उलझन/गड़बड़ी) , the IPL still presents an opportunity(अवसर ) for a few Indian players to press their claims(दावों/मांग) to be on the flight to London. The Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner, who are coming back after a one-year ban following the ball-tampering crisis(संकट) at Cape Town in South Africa last March, are also keen to excel for Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, respectively(क्रमश/प्रतिष्ठा से ) , and claim their Baggy Green caps. Strangely(अनोखे ढंग से), the domestic(घरेलू ) tournament with an international flavour, as Rahul Dravid described the IPL, continues to have no space for Pakistan cricketers, raising questions about its organising principles. Politics and commerce have reinforced(प्रबलित) each other to make an even deeper impact(प्रभाव) on the IPL

 

Important Vocabulary

1. indulgence(अनुग्रह/आज्ञा)
Synonyms: extravagance, kindness, leniency, permissiveness, privilege
Antonyms: disapproval, disfavor, disregard, dissatisfaction, frustration

2. resonance(गूंज/प्रतिध्वनि),
Synonyms: fullness, langency, sonority, vibration

3. Despite(के बावजूद)
Synonyms: against, although, even though, even with, in contempt of

4. ecstatic(उन्मादपूर्ण/चित्ताकर्षक)
Synonyms: crazy, delirious, elated, enthusiastic, euphoric
Antonyms apathetic, balanced, collected, depressed, down

5. franchise(सुविधा/मताधिकार/रिआयत)
Synonyms: authorization, ballot, charter, exemption, freedom
Antonyms responsibility

6. denying(नकारना/अस्वीकार करना)
Synonyms: ban, call on, contradict, oppose, rebuff
Antonyms OK, accept, allow, approve, ratify

7. recuperate(पुनरावृत्ति/संभलना ).
Synonyms: bounce back, convalesce, get well, heal, mend
Antonyms deteriorate, hurt, lose, decline, fail

8. bubbled(बुदबुदाना)
Synonyms: boil, burble, churn, erupt, fester
Antonyms be happy, freeze

9. speculation(सट्टा/चिंतन/विचार)
Synonyms: belief, conjecture, opinion, thought, cerebration
Antonyms reality, truth, disdain, disregard, ignorance

10. Strangely(अनोखे ढंग से),
Synonyms: abnormally, amazingly, curiously, peculiarly, rarely
Antonyms frequently, commonly, normally, regularly, unexceptionally

11. impact(प्रभाव)
Synonyms: brunt, shock, bang, blow, bounce
Antonyms avoidance, failure, loss, praise, stillness

12. confusion(उलझन/गड़बड़ी)
Synonyms: bewilderment, disorientation, distraction, embarrassment, turbulence
Antonyms : calm, peace, calmness, happiness, clarity

13. reinforced(प्रबलित
Synonyms: assisted, augmented, fortified, strengthened, backed

 

 

 

Credit to The Hindu News Paper

In its 12th iteration, the IPL fields concerns about its place in the cricket calendar
The Indian Premier League, since its launch in 2008, has become a sporting indulgence every summer. Cricketing purists may sneer at Twenty20s and their lack of historical resonance, but there is no denying the IPL’s popularity and resilience. The 12th edition, which started in Chennai on Saturday with an easy victory for the holders Chennai Super Kings, will span diverse venues for the 60 matches. Despite the elections being held through seven phases during April-May, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has ensured that every franchise gets its rightful share of home and away matches. But besides the immediacy of sixes, dot-balls and ecstatic fans, the current IPL has to deal with the elephant in the room. It is expected to conclude on May 12, and immediately the biggest tournament in the International Cricket Council calendar awaits the players. The World Cup starts on May 30, with host England taking on South Africa at the Oval. India will open its campaign with the game against South Africa at Southampton on June 5. But there isn’t enough time for the Indian team to recuperate.

Virat Kohli’s men have been playing without a break over the last few months, with tours of Australia and New Zealand followed by the limited overs series against visiting Australians. They then plunged into the IPL, and now with the World Cup looming large, that old debate of club vs country has bubbled up again, and rightly so. There are fears about Indian and overseas cricketers picking up injuries in the league, which might scupper their World Cup plans. The national selectors, who are keeping an eye out for some surprise talent emerging in the league, are hoping that the core group of established stars will remain fit for cricket’s showpiece event. There is speculation about the BCCI and the Indian team management having had a word with team-owners over workload management so that key players don’t suffer a burnout. Yet, there is no clarity about this plan, and the fear of fatigue derailing the cricketers is a genuine one. Amidst this confusion, the IPL still presents an opportunity for a few Indian players to press their claims to be on the flight to London. The Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner, who are coming back after a one-year ban following the ball-tampering crisis at Cape Town in South Africa last March, are also keen to excel for Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, respectively, and claim their Baggy Green caps. Strangely, the domestic tournament with an international flavour, as Rahul Dravid described the IPL, continues to have no space for Pakistan cricketers, raising questions about its organising principles. Politics and commerce have reinforced each other to make an even deeper impact on the IPL