Mumbai Indians, on Friday, hammered the Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets to register their 5th win, on the trot, and currently occupy the second spot in the points table, behind Delhi Capitals.
The four-time champions, however, will face struggling Kings XI Punjab later today and are likely to re-occupy the top-spot, considering their recent form.
Moreover, the record-champions are also edging towards a place in the IPL 2020 playoffs, having won 6 games from a possible 8, and need just 4 points to seal their birth.
They've been the most strong team, not just this season, but for nearly a decade and the number of titles they've won is a fair reflection of their supremacy.
The Rohit Sharma-led side are vowing for their fifth title this season, but this might not be a good prospect for the league or the sport in general.
Having said that, here are 4 reasons why Mumbai Indians winning the IPL won't be good for the league:
1. The decrease in viewership
Not a long ago, Cricket was regarded as a sport contested by the Commonwealth nations, while in some cases, people weren't even aware of the game. However, IPL with its global viewership has limited the damage. Players from countries like Afghanistan, Nepal, and most recently from the USA, have also been part of the cash-rich league.
Mumbai Indians have won the IPL in four of the last seven seasons (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) and the way they've played this season, it might convince viewers that they are on course to make that five. Having said that, the reputation they've built over these years might affect the viewer's mindset and they might not want to watch the tournament in future.
2. Not good for other franchises'
Fans, quite often, have discussed IPL being a two-horse league — Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings — and it's certainly worth considering when more than half of the IPL titles have been won by the pair (MI – 4; CSK – 3). Though several teams have made it to the finals (notably RCB with three final appearances), the result has more or less has been in the favor of either MI or CSK. Although, one might still argue with the fact that KKR has won two titles, but their last triumph came more than 6 years ago (2014).
3. Brand value might take a detour
Unlike franchise cricket in other countries, IPL since its inception has featured the world's best players. But, with IPL being a two-horse race — Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings — that could also change pretty quickly. This might not be a good scenario, as far as the brand factor is concerned. In fact, this whole trend of franchise cricket was iterated by the IPL. This might also have a negative impact on the BCCI, financially.
4. Can affect Grassroots development
IPL over the years has given young players a chance to showcase their talent and prove their worth to the franchises, who apart from the money, have also spent a lot of time on their development. IPL has always provided the stage for youngsters to impress and maybe represent their respective national teams in the future. Rashid Khan is a prime example in this case, as he hasn't just change the fortunes of the Afghanistan Cricket but also became one of the global cricketing stars. Recently, Rajasthan Royals launched one of its global cricket academy in the UAE. The motto is simple, to nourish future stars from the UAE and other neighboring countries. In short, without the IPL, the youngsters will not get much exposure.