The IPL controversy has left Indian cricket in complete chaos but senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar said he is optimistic that the game would tide over this crisis.
Reacting to the controversy that so far has cost Shashi Tharoor his job, invited Income-Tax surveys and allegations of corruption, nepotism and rigged bidding against IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, Tendulkar said the game was strong enough to survive the crisis. “I think when that competitiveness is witnessed by millions, you leave all those things behind,” said Tendulkar. “Life is not a smooth journey always, there are sometimes rough patches in between and you overcome all those hurdles. I'm sure cricket will help to overcome all those hurdles,” he told a news channel.
According to Tendulkar, what matters to a common fan was a competitive match between two sides. Tendulkar said incidents like this do not distract the players, who forget everything else when they enter a ground.
Tharoor pips Modi
New Delhi: The IPL is a format that changed the way fans follow cricket. In the last two week the focus of social media users has shifted from cricket, and they have discussed Shashi Tharoor and Lalit Modi even more than the two most discussed players online — Sachin Tendulkar and M.S. Dhoni, said an analysis carried out by market research firm The Nielsen Company (TNC). The sentiments were negative for both Tharoor and Modi initially. However, Tharoor seems to have recovered now. Among players Tendulkar is the most discussed player on the web.