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By Suchak Patel
Please note this is a humour article – work of pure fiction
Old saying: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
New saying: An IPL a season keeps injuries away!
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is unquestionably the elixir of life — at least for the Indian cricketers.
A number of pace bowlers who missed out on recent First-Class season due to injuries have dramatically declared themselves fit in time the IPL! The list of such bowlers is ‘impressively’ long: Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Umesh Yadav and many more.
On the other hand, players like Kevin Pietersen, Michael Clarke, Jesse Ryder and a few other foreign cricketers played for their respective countries and got injured just before the IPL.
Medical science doing research on the subject have yet not been able to find answer to the mysterious cure. Some superstitions people think that it’s all due to the blessings of the new God of Indian cricket — Ravindra Jadeja. Others think it’s therapeutic value of the “jadoo ki zappi” by the likes of Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta.
IPL is also strengthening the mental toughness of players as was seen in the opening match of the tournament when Gautam Gambhir transferring his whole frustration on the Delhi Daredevils bowler to avenge his exclusion from the Indian team.
The IPL has come in for high praise from the government as well. A Union minister praised IPL saying, “It has worked better than our anti-smoking campaign. More Indians quit smoking after Shahrukh Khan’s altercation with the Mumbai Cricket Association last year than our campaign. The IPL is doing wonders for the good health of the people of India.”
A number of people claim that they have got rid of spectacles. They claim their eyesight became clearer after watching the cheerleaders during the IPL matches.
Meanwhile a source from Australia says, “Harris insists he would certainly play in the IPL, not for the financial gains but for staying physically fit ahead of Ashes.”
Noble thoughts, indeed!
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