IPL2021

How have the IPL improved their product on the field?

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The success of the Gujarat Titans in their inaugural season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was a massive boost for the BCCI after taking the gamble to introduce two new franchises into the competition. Eyebrows were raised at the prospect of entering two news teams into the IPL amid fears that the product would be diluted and the action on the field would suffer due to the change in the status quo.

However, the IPL auction allowed the Titans to acquire top talent, while the other new franchise Lucknow Super Giants was also able to secure the services of elite players for their first foray into the competition.

Gujarat with Hardik Pandya as skipper were dominant throughout the tournament, finishing top of the standings before crushing their opponents in the post-season to win the IPL crown. Lucknow was also impressive with KL Rahul as captain and reached the post-season where they were only beaten by an onslaught from Rajat Patidar and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator. To say that the two new franchises were a success would be an understatement, which has not been a common theme when new teams have been introduced into a professional league. You only need to look at the examples of the NFL and the NBA, where new franchises have taken time to become competitive.

It bodes well for the standard of competition in the IPL, where established sides such as the five-time champions Mumbai Indians and four-time winners Chennai Super Kings finished bottom and second bottom in 2022, a complete role reversal from their past dominance. Those outfits will now be determined to press back to get back to the top of the standings, and will no doubt be looking at where they can improve their respective sides, spending a significant amount of resources in the off-season.

The BCCI will be the beneficiary in their bid to spread the appeal of the IPL, which already commands huge television audiences in India, and solid numbers in the rest of the world. However, the BCCI will be targeting to increase those numbers with a new television deal with Disney and Sony lurking for the television rights, although Amazon has withdrawn their approach.

The reach of the game has already traveled the world due to IPL betting, with the league becoming one of the most popular cricket betting markets behind only the major international competitions, although in a lot of areas it has surpassed those tournaments. The demand for betting markets for overseas competitions, particularly in the United States has grown, especially over the last few years due to the ease in wagering regulations.

It is commonplace to see bookmakers offer markets for the Premier League and of course the IPL, although it is not universal. DRF Sportsbook has markets for the Premier League, but not cricket yet, which shows that cricket still has a little way to go before penetrating all parts of the US market. You can see how DRF Sportbook matches up in a complete evaluation of how it stands among others here, with its range of betting markets across the board, bonus offers, and variety of payment methods. Others in the States do provide markets for cricket betting, and notably, the IPL, although the reach of the competition will no doubt improve if they are able to secure their television deal with Disney or Sony, taking the game into the households and devices all over the world.

That in turn will provide further funding for all ten franchises to improve the standing of their teams, and therefore, the product on the field. It is a cycle of success and the IPL could well become a powerhouse of world sport if it can sustain those levels over the next decade.

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