Lakers Vs Celtics
Real Madrid Vs FC Barcelona
India Vs Pakistan
These are not 'just sports matches'. They are something more. Each of these matches resemble the battle between ancient warriors fighting for their pride. These sports rivalries add that extra element, essential for the success of professional leagues, drawing new fans to the game. Some games even owe their popularity to the sports rivalries[Chess - Bobby Fischer Vs Boris Spassky match]. Even Team Owners love sports rivalries because of the increased television ratings and increased attendance for those matches.
Sports Riots are Fun Too! :)
But it is the fans who benefit the most because we witness something special that cannot be described in words. These rivalries inspire folklore and the nail biting contests are retold for generations eg. Javed Miandad's six off the last ball in Australasia Cup final, Boston Red Sox's comeback from 0-3 to win the seven game series. Fans who thinks sports rivalries are recent, arising from media hype, are sadly mistaken. Sports Rivalries have been in existence for around 1500 years[Nika Riots]. For IPL to become successful as everybody wants it to be, it is essential that each team create these rivalries.
So it is time we pick out our rivals. I could think of 3 teams that could be our rivals.
1. Mumbai Indians: How can we forget "lungi hatao pungi bajao" or "yendu gundu"? Also we could be picking out on the franchise with a huge financial muscle, thereby leading to a David Vs. Goliath fight.
2. Hyderabad Deccan Chargers: Wikipedia considers Proximity as the major cause of sports rivalry. Deccan Chargers satisfy the condition. Having the second best team, they are going to be the biggest roadblock on our march to the IPL crown.
3. Bangalore Royal Challengers: But the recent Hogenakal water dispute put to rest all the questions about the choice of our arch rivals. Even the fans of both the teams echoed these thoughts in their Orkut communities. So! Don't miss the emotionally charged matches against Bangalore Royal Challengers.
Warning to Dhoni: You cannot, cannot afford to lose the matches against Bangalore Royal Challengers.