The IPL has been called many things. A money making machine. A cricket circus. Even how it is a cabal.
Envy at its phenomenal success feeds these notions and bloats them. But in truth the IPL has been instrumental in making dreams a reality and giving tangible boosts to careers.
From the unknown into the limelight young players who might otherwise have never got the opportunity or break to touch the stars turn into household names.
In fact, the IPL has become a leader in encouraging rookies to go for the big one. Take this current event. Out of the blue, the anonymous ones are giving us a treat and we are looking forward to their next performance.
And it is not just the newcomers but also those who were always a rung short of the pinnacle. Relatively known names like Sanju Samson and Navdeep Saini, Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw know that their performances here can see them reserving a long-term place in the Indian cricket side.
And for the others, the IPL is a wonderful opportunity to make it big. Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Riyan Parag, Devdutt Padikkal, Ravi Bishnoi, Abdul Hamad, Yashasvi Jaiswal Kartik Tyagi, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Ishan Porel, a river of names who today are right in the centre of things, wearing their colours with pride and riding high.
It is great feeling and there is romanticism to every such success story. Without the IPL, they would be unknown, their talent rusting in its own glory with no one doing it any reverence.
Overnight it changes dramatically. We wait for Sanju to step up, Shaw to get going, Paddikal to go big, Bishnoi to hiss the spin, everyone of them a star on the rise because that is the story of, the glory of the IPL.