It could have turned out calamitously with a damp squib of a final and the wrong team emerging victorious, but the IPL ended well. Rajasthan rightfully triumphed after dominating the league and they did it off the last ball as well.
The Rajasthan Ribonucleotides were fined for not spending enough money in the IPL auction. It just goes to show that money doesn’t talk.
That said, if you lined up Rajasthan against Leicestershire, for example, Rajasthan – the expensive outfit – would triumph. So money might not talk, but it can still decide cricket matches.
So where are we then? The conclusion has to be that it’s what you spend the money on that counts. Simply paying more for the same thing doesn’t make the thing paid for any better. (English Test match ticket prices, we’re looking at you.)