28 January, 2021

How To Build A Raging Fire

The Slumdog Millionaire author tours IPL-2's base, superstructure, and floats a few wacky trial balloons

How To Build A Raging Fire
‘The Heat is Coming’, screams a full-page ad from my Pretoria newspaper. The copywriter was being too conservative. The heat is not coming, it is already on. South Africa is in the grip of IPL mania. The roads are dotted with billboards reminding you of South Africa’s upcoming elections (on April 22) and the imminent second edition of the Indian Premier League which is being staged at eight venues here from April 18 until May 24. At every gathering that I go to, the talk invariably turns to cricket’s shiny new spectacle. It is difficult to pick up a magazine which does not have a mention of IPL commissioner Lalit Modi. Listeners recently jammed a popular radio talk show expressing their excitement and enthusiasm at being able to watch the world’s best cricketers and some of India’s biggest film stars. The TV coverage of the recent South Africa-Australia ODI matches had liberal doses of Preity Zinta, Akshay Kumar and Shane Warne. In fact, the host of Bollywood celebrities who have descended upon South Africa, and the daily mention of the...


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