It must be crazy to dream of an alternate universe. But it must be crazier to live in an alternate universe. Because what an IPL it has been.
In the last two years, Stokes has made pressure his personal toy. He has constructed moments of sporting history so architecturally sound that they form two of three man-made structures visible from outer space. His performances on the field, marked by “that” World Cup Final and “that” Headingley Test, have reclaimed the romance of international cricket.
The T20 ecosystem has validated them in the eyes of a nation that has no patience for low-altitude flights of fancy. In doing so, it has reversed the stigma of the striver. Striving has long been synonymous with living: a polite opposite of winning.