PSL Has The Swagger IPL Can Never Get

So you think IPL is better than PSL, huh? You see the $ 5 Billion valuations, $ 2 Million prize money, millionaire players; a billion eyeballs, 22 countries reach, Chris Gayle, AB Deviliers, glitz Bollywood style and you get hoodwinked. Then you catch eye-candy cheerleaders from Russia, movie temptresses in their shades prancing around the stadium, and noisy Indians in the stands and you think what can be better? It doesn’t end here. You get to see cricketers breaking into the big league, going out with movie stars and models. Virat Kohli dances and parties like he’s made it and snags Bollywood’s sweetheart Anushka. Shehkar Dhawan gets a mean Tattoo. Then you hear stories of cheating, match-fixing below all that.

All of this illusion put together feels like an epic movie with sculpted bodies, stunning visuals, Romanesque extravagance, greed, ambition, and good storyline with the hero carrying the day eventually, after a battle.

I’ll tell you what IPL doesn’t have— it’s Swagger!

PSL has the rawness that shows real courage under fire. It instantly relays disappointments, struggles, grit, mental toughness, genuine passion, and merit. It’s here at PSL where real heroes are made. This is something that money and PSL (both synonymous), cannot buy.

Swag is the way Muhammad Amir completely own Kohli in the Champions trophy, twice! It is the way Fakhar destroyed the Indian attack like they were school boys. Swag is the way Wahab Riaz firing cannons Steve Smith, knowing fully well Pakistan has lost the race for the world cup. It’s about having faith and never quitting, something the Indians and their IPL can never know.

Pakistanis breathe faith every day. Pakistan’s character has been hardened over years of tempering, this reflects in PSL. While IPL behaves like a housemaid to foreign players, PSL couldn’t care less.

PSL is Pakistan sticking it to ICC and India for trying to isolate the country. It’s a poke in the eye for Mr. Modi and we love it. It’s the jubilation of Kashmiris waving the green crescent, under the barrel of the gun. It’s the kick in the behind of all the naysayers who thought Pakistan is a failed state.

Every international team Pakistan decimates is because of this diehard attitude that can’t be faked. Brazil has some of it in soccer. No one beats Maradona and his ‘arm of god’ goal in the world cup. Similarly, no one can take Shahid Afridi’s winning sixer against India out of our national psyche. You can pay $2.3 Million to Kohli but you can’t force people to love him like they do Afridi.

The stats of PSL are not bad either for a nascent tournament. PSL reportedly generated income of Rs 2.5 Billion, prize money of $ 0.7Million, 10 countries watching, 100 million impressions and a decent star player participation.

Not to mention PSL trophy with its diamond-studded exterior is a lot prettier than IPL’s..

The real reason why foreign cricketers would love to play in Pakistan is for the experience of handling the most skilled, wily and aggressive brand of cricket anywhere on the globe.

IPL can’t teach them later reverse swing, teesra, slower balls and pinch-hitting like the devil possessed.

Even our Ramzan cup has more fireworks than Bangla Cricket League and Big Bash league.

So, PSL is the Brazil of cricket whereas IPL is Bundesliga. It’s about time BCCI stop behaving like a spoilt brat and let the games begin or else they will miss the Pakistan cricket bus, because PSL is going places.

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12 Comments

  1. Aditya says

    LOL is the only word which can describe this article.
    Compare your psl to bpl.
    You can’t afford to talk about Indian Premier League !

      1. A K KHAN says

        Not he, its you who is riled and deeply upset….What he said is more than 1000000% true…..forget IPL which is and will be NUMERO UNO for centuries………your PSL is not even 2nd best or 3rd best or even 4th best….at the most its just 6th best and bottom of the pile…..even BPL is better than PSL…..2nd is BIG BASH…..3rd – NATWEST of ENGLAND ….followed by CPL and SA’s RAM SLAM……..funny you sound so clownish and your article is the joke of 21st century…..IPL is among the top 5 leagues in the sporting world and a phenomenal hit with not just the audience but also the cricket players themselves….just ask them….the best play in the best league in the world….all time greats from VIV RICHARDS to SHANE WARNE, RICKY PONTING, DAVID GOWER, GRAEME POLLOCK and all hail IPL as the best….your riled write up is a laugh….good for a comedy show

        1. kh says

          writing 10 lines for something that you think is a joke is something. joke is on you

          1. wali says

            thanks man

          2. A K KHAN says

            What? you readily accept that the joke is you and your comment as jokey as the comic article itself . The 10 lines he wrote were facts and they certainly rattled and dispirited you…..

  2. Imtias waqt ali says

    Day dreaming. …wake up…..world knows what Pakistan made of…big bash league seriously……IPL is like premier league football….PSL is like 4th tier English football…..this post talks about your jealousy against other league…..your post talks nothing about real cricket,only about your day dreaming skill…..see, no big team will play in terrorist infested Pakistan….if it so ,another fucking bomb explode out of Lahore ass…..each statement against India and rest of the world exactly in opposite to neutral point of view……over dose of lies and jealousy will affect you mentally…..first come out of closet and see what is your terrorist ass is made up of…..why foreign players avoided playing in pakistan in all these years?because your terrorist cult king ass-ma bin -laiden was in your town baby…..

      1. Mike Peters says

        There is nothing to check the link nor read the laughable article all over again…..PSL is just 3 years old and a flop at that…….and here you are talking your head off making yourself the butt of all jokes…….you can rant and rile all over again, your PSL is a zero before the best among them all – IPL…..World’s best players play in it and revel in it….they just love it and come back again and again…..the financial returns IPL generates is at least 1000% more than any league….just one foreign player BEN STOKES gets a pay-check that is greater than the combined paycheck paid by a PSL league team…..

        1. neat says

          IPL is fixed

          1. Clean says

            Yep, you are right. We saw PSL fixed in its very 1st appearance true to your proven reputation across the world. No wonder it has been a mega flop and will remain one forever.

          2. Clean says

            Fixed in your imagination…but a reality for PSL which in its very 1st appearance showed its true character – FIXED!!!! and not to forget – FLOP!!!

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