The IPL: Welcome to Sub Prime Cricket

As I write, Delhi are 48 for 1 after six overs against the Deccan Chronicles Chargers, and presumably cruising to victory in Game Seven of the Indian Premier League. There’s a lot to observe and a lot to talk about. 

I find this a very exciting time, for cricket, for India, for capitalism. It’s fantastic to see India take its place at the centre of a sporting universe, much as we look to England for its soccer, much as we look to the United States for its baseball, basketball and gridiron. It’s great to see cricket flourish big time outside the straitjacket of nationalism.

And it’s exciting to see Indian economic success put on a show so ostentatiously. Exciting in the same way that Sodom and Gomorrah were such fun places to live. Exciting in the same fashion as Wall Street in the mid-1920s. As exciting as Silicon Valley in the countdown to Y2K.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it will all end in tears.

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