The reasons usually revolve around it’s length, incessant crass advertising and sycophantic commentary but there is plenty to satisfy those with a more patient and discerning disposition.
The outstanding highlight in my opinion has been watching Sachin Tendulkar captaining his native Mumbai.
After two unsuccessful stints as national skipper more than a decade ago there was a general consensus that the Little Master had less to offer as a leader of men than his contemporaries.
It would appear that that judgement was a touch premature.
Mumbai have been the outstanding team of the tournament and Sachin has led from the front. Obviously, his supreme mastery with the willow has been a factor but what has impressed most is the spirit and energy he has fostered among the team.
Unshaven and unflustered he has, through a mixture of both fear and love, shaped the team in his image and all in the space of a few hectic weeks. Quite a feat but as we know Sachin is no mere mortal. He is the special one.
Respected and revered by team-mates and opposition alike, in this tournament he has displayed aspects of his character seldom seen.
Basically, Sachin is displaying outwardly what has hitherto been mostly hidden by his natural humility. He is one hard and determined bastard. (For those that don’t understand ‘Strine that’s a compliment of the highest order)
In the field he is in complete command of his team and very few of his subordinates are keen to meet his disdainful stare if they commit an error. There are no committee meetings about strategy either. Everything rests on his broad shoulders.
In the last match he was so focused on the task in front of him that he was brought to the point of exhaustion and he was most reluctant to heed the medicos advice about having a spell.
After all his wonderful batting feats I didn’t think I could be more impressed but a few weeks short of 37 Sachin has matured to a point where he could also be an international captain of the highest order.
It’s a shame that many in Indian cricket circles believe he needs protection from added responsibility, and that he is unlikely to get a chance to add that chapter to his legend, for there is no doubt in my mind that if given the opportunity he could inspire, cajole, lift and lead India to what they now covet most, the 2011 World Cup.