Unfair to blame IPL parties for India's exit: Arjun Rampal
Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal, who had tied up with IPL 3 to organise parties after every match, today said it was unfair to blame the bashes for Team India's unceremonious exit from the T20 World championship.cricket Updated: May 18, 2010 19:48 IST
Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal, who had tied up with IPL 3 to organise parties after every match, today said it was unfair to blame the bashes for Team India's unceremonious exit from the T20 World championship.
"It is very sad that the IPL parties are being blamed for the loss. Foreign players too attended these parties and they played extremely well in the T20," Rampal told PTI.
"Wrong selection and failure of the players to play short-pitched deliveries did them in. How are these issues connected with the IPL parties?" he asked.
The National-award-winning actor said the IPL parties were designed to ensure that fans and cricketers could get together.
"The tournament was like a carnival. After every match, the players would get at least two days off. It is not that the players were partying all through the night or over-partying," Rampal said.
The Rock On star, who had organised the parties with wife Mehr, said IPL was a fantastic brand created by Lalit Modi.
Speaking about captain MS Dhoni's remarks after the team's loss to Sri Lanka, the 37-year-old star felt that the skipper's comments were misinterpreted.
"I think he was trying to say that there should be generic discipline. Dhoni meant to say don't party if you are tired," he said.