The other day, my nephew who is around ten years old wanted to watch IPL. My wife started her lecture on how watching IPL is counter-productive to his overall growth of children.

I beg to differ, and I have to differ because of one reason.

My wife made that position, and by the law of nature, I have to take the opposite position.

You see, opposites attract.

I think there are great benefits in watching IPL and the younger you start watching; it is better. I am detailing, in the event, you want to build a case for your spouse or anyone of your choice.


Kids learn about averages and the significance of the averages. They learn about strike rate, net run rate, required run rate, economy rate and many other parameters. They can appreciate the impact of statistics on the outcome of the game.

If you do not know, statistics is a prized skill nowadays!. If the future of the world is AI, the math behind AI is driven by statistics, linear algebra and calculus.

Applied statistics in action. Do you have a better way of teaching the kids?

Point of View

Watching IPL, helps kids to form an informed opinion on who is going to win the match. They can take positions, switch positions as the game progresses and also forecast on what their favourite team should be doing if they have to win the match. Their analytical side is building up subconsciously and if you watch their discussion amongst their peers as an observer, it is no different from the many boardroom discussions that you have witnessed.


It helps them to form their heroes in their mind. I have seen them not following the herd when it comes to selecting their heroes. They arrive at their heroes by the merit of their performance and can understand that heroes can fail too. Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar were my heroes and still in many ways are.  Growing up watching them play gave me two important qualities that I attempt to catch up.  From Kapil, no dream is impossible and from Sunny, the master that one should have over their craft. The kids are watching not only their heroes but their behaviour and I am sure they will pick up the good stuff.


They come to realise that the difference between winning and losing can be just seconds. They realise that the match is not over until it is over. After their team which was about the win the game, lose, they can get over it. They will possibly ponder over how close it was, go to bed and realise tomorrow is another day. They come back with the same enthusiasm to support their team for the next match. Victory and defeat, are two sides of the same coin. They get that.

Harmless Betting

It is fun watching how the kids place bets amongst themselves and people who are watching with them. I take a bet watching the kids and how they would turn out to be. There are kids, who once make a bet, stick to their bet and do not change their position on the winning team. There are kids, who after a few overs, tacitly change their position and there are kids, who once notice that their team has no chance of winning, switch over to support the other team, without any embarrassment.  This last set of kids are the ones to be watched. They are the ones grooming themselves to be effective politicians!


They know what disruption is and the effect of disruption. A ‘Dil scoop’ or a ‘helicopter shot’ or a ‘Doosra’ are game changers, and they can realise these are techniques that could change the course of a game. So if you want to take a crash course on how to be disruptive, just follow these guys to the ground and watch them play.

I can add to this lot, but then it will turn out to be a book or some indirect forum and fashion to counter attack my spouse.

That is not my intention.

I can safely say, I did not become a Sunny or Kapil, by watching them, but I learnt a lot of different things from their way of cricket. I can never say that I get tired of watching cricket and I can watch IPL or any sport. They are inspiring.

I have not lifted a tennis bat all my life, but give me a Becker, Agassi, Sampras, Nadal, Federer to watch, and I can forget the world.

It is not the game folks, but what is in the game

So my humble request is if the kids want to watch IPL, let them watch it.

If none of these makes sense, here is another argument.

In India, Cricket is Religion.

You can choose to be an agnostic, but you are one heaven of a dwindling minority.

You can choose to fight or choose to accept.

The choice is yours.

Well, statistically you know who wins these fight to watch or not to watch.

Only for the sake of the record, my wife lost the remote to my nephew!

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)