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The story may be primarily about cricket, but author takes a look at the society at large to present the links between sociological changes in India and what eventually unfolded at the IPL. For instance, the chapter ‘Satyam and IPL — How They Flattered To Deceive' draws a few obvious parallels. Of some of the other interesting analogies is the one on succession plans of leaders where the stark contrast of an Atal-Advani situation is compared with a smooth Kumble-Dhoni transition. One interesting aspect of the book is its sense of balance. Of course, ousted IPL chief Lalit Modi consumes a lot of pages, but he is portrayed for his strengths as well as for his shortcomings. There are two things that the reader may find queer: the order of the chapters and the photographs. One cannot understand why the book has just two photographs and why, among the two, there is a snap of Lalit Modi with former India cricketer and secretary of Mumbai Cricket Association Lalchand Rajput.
Despite these misgivings, the book is an interesting attempt from a passionate sports journalist who is also a sports fan. A comment from commentator Harsha Bhogle, whom Dubey quotes in the book, sums up the frustration of the fans as well as the essence of the book: "…I fear that increasingly the language of sport is being drafted by lawyers, that the sounds of sport are arguments in tribunals".
(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 11-04-2011)