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IPL 2020: Cricket's alternate universe serves a balm for troubled times
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IPL 2020: Cricket's alternate universe serves a balm for troubled times

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.

IPL 2020: The humane genius of Ben Stokes
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IPL 2020: The humane genius of Ben Stokes

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.

IPL 2020: The Dream Team Syndrome
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IPL 2020: The Dream Team Syndrome

The IPL, like the European football leagues, thrives on a diluted World XI template. When players take the field, their passion remains just that: passion. Their identity is defined by who they are.

IPL 2020: The Playground of the Striver
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IPL 2020: The Playground of the Striver

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.