IPL is a festival in every way. Over the years, it has gained an unparalleled support from cricket lovers, though regularly bashed by intellectuals citing credibility issues. Everything goes fine in the first few matches. After a point, when the points table grabs everyone’s attention, the real ‘personal fight’ begins. Not between teams. Not between the players. The fans of two teams, the fans of two players, the fans of two cheerleaders etc. start feeling that they are obliged and get into ‘war’ mode to defend their heroes. They think it is their primary responsibility but there are people who hate such fights, yet engage in one due to unavoidable(?) circumstances. How to overcome this emotional explosion?
SEE IT AS A FUN GAME
It all boils down to entertainment. Since cricket has become a religion in India (which will not be used to gain votes, of course) it is better to understand and acknowledge that it exists to only reduce our stress and make us forget all the burdens we face from the morning. Never turn a celebration into agony. Concentrate on the excitement part. For a die-hard cricket fan, it is a blessing to extract the unlimited fun this T20 extravaganza offers.
A LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMME
IPL is made of players from different countries playing together for a single team. There is huge pressure on the captains of these teams to bind them all together, help them play to their strengths leaving aside all the differences within the team. For a fan, it is a huge opportunity to follow and analyse the strategies and approaches used by the captains as it is equivalent to many leadership development programmes. Here, it is completely free.
RELATIONSHIPS NEVER COME BACK
What we lose by these silly fan fights are our valuable relationships. Just close the eyes and think of it when you are alone. You will feel that you have done the stupidest thing by spending time just to prove the might of your hero and in turn lost your closest friend till date. There are breakups seen in friendship and love every year during the IPL season. Some get over it later and others don’t. Try to taste the sweetness of both the game and your relationships at the same time. If they prompt you for a fight, there is no better solution than just ignoring their invitation.
Secret Tip: Avoid using the social media while watching IPL matches.
ENJOY THE GAME TO THE FULLEST.