IPL 2020: ‘I Think It All Boils Down To Jealousy’ – Sunil Gavaskar Slams Those Questioning The IPL’s Credentials

IPL 2020: ‘I Think It All Boils Down To Jealousy’ – Sunil Gavaskar Slams Those Questioning The IPL’s Credentials

Sunil Gavaskar, Delhi Capitals, IPL 2019
Gavaskar lauds Capitals' show. (Photo by Chirag Wakaskar-IPL 2010/IPL via Getty Images)

Former Indian legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the people questioning IPL’s credentials. The 13th edition of IPL was originally scheduled to kick off from March 29 was postponed indefinitely after April 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the nation. The postponing of the World Cup to 2021 gave the IPL a window to be conducted in September.

The Indian Premier League since its inception has faced criticism for being too glamorous and taking away the spirit of the game. Gavaskar says IPL is negatively projected because of it being an s0ft target and that the jealousy forces a certain section to give negative remarks about the league.

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“I think it all boils down to jealousy” Sunil Gavaskar on critiques

1983 World Cup winner Sunil Gavaskar stated that he feels the needless critiques of the IPL are those who are jealous of its success and have nothing to benefit from it. He also mentioned the extensive amount of job opportunities being created by the IPL which has benefitted innumerable households.

“They  only see the money aspect that is there in the IPL. They don’t look at what the IPL does. I think it all boils down to jealousy. Only those who do not benefit from it, do not get anything from the IPL criticize it.” Sunil Gavaskar told India Today

Sunil Gavaskar, Harsha Bhogle
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“There are so many people whose livelihoods are there because of the IPL. It can be the guys who are at the grounds who paint people’s faces, people who are making those shirts that are sold outside the stadiums just before a match, or the vendors who have food stalls at the stadium. There is an entire cottage industry around the IPL,” he further added.

People target IPL to be famous feels Sunil Gavaskar

The veteran batsman feels that anyone who desires easy clout goes on to criticize the IPL because of it being an easy target. He opined that there are enough sensible people who are making decisions for the betterment of cricket.

“Somebody wants to be a little famous on the Internet, then you target the IPL. The IPL is a soft target,” he said.

Sunil Gavaskar, India, 2019 World Cup
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“An argument people opposed to the IPL give is, we know Indian cricket and we are thinking of the good of Indian cricket. Oh, I see, so you are the only ones who are going to be sitting in judgment and telling us what is good for Indian cricket. Of course not,” Gavaskar added further.

The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the 8 teams play in UAE. The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.