‘Away from reality’ TV

It turns out that the only place one can turn to to get away from the IPL’s latest scandal is the IPL itself.

Written by Raakesh Natraj | Published: May 18, 2013 3:41 am

It turns out that the only place one can turn to to get away from the IPL’s latest scandal is the IPL itself. The 270-minutes-plus package of the official broadcast of the evening game between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils on Thursday hardly ever mentioned the fixing scandal that was triggering frothy indignation elsewhere.

Initially,viewers might have expected some amount of discussion and clarification from the commentators,and even that they describe this game,a near dead-rubber,with some perspective. After all,it was not as if some of the eminences on air hadn’t voiced their opinions about the issue on other platforms.

But when they held their commentary microphones,the galaxy of former captains,greats and respected opinion-shapers chose to act as if nothing untoward had happened. It was just another day in the office.

This is of course assuming that when one heard ‘asking rate’,‘expensive over’,‘throw in the towel’ or ‘put a price on one’s wicket’,the commentators were not showing a heretofore undisclosed sense of irony. The graphic that flashed viewer tweets seemed to ignore anything related to the spot-fixing episode.

But then,as it is often proclaimed,the IPL gives the viewers what they want. And as the game went on,the viewers would find out what exactly it was: an escape from messy realities.

This was clearly a subtle broadcasting policy that forced one to pause,and,when sufficiently recovered,consider the official stance closer and with more regarding eyes. The statement from on above was that this scandal,or anything else for that matter,would not affect the tournament. The IPL,like life itself,would go on. Thursday’s game and the broadcast were just typically nuanced reminders of the same.

(Raakesh is a principal correspondent based in Delhi) raakesh.natraj@expressindia.com

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