Colombo: It takes Google 0.32 seconds to throw up about 5,360,000 results when you type in Tendulkar and hit search. From news to opinion to his Twitter feed, from photographs to things he said, it takes less than a third of a second to gain access to more information about Sachin Tendulkar than the average person can comfortably process. Of the millions of results, however, not one is that of Chandrakanth Tendulkar, a 51-year-old who played five matches for Goa, never bowling a ball and scoring only 90 runs from 10 innings with a highest of 38. That's obviously understandable, given what the other Tendulkar has achieved, and the kind of monstrous following he has developed over the years. After all, there's more to the manner in which information is stored than just the name.
Similarly, it's becoming quite obvious around the world that you have do more than just call your tournament Premier League to attract the kind of attention the Indian Premier League has. On Tuesday evening, I was at the R Premadasa Stadium - a venue that has undergone a dramatic transformation in all aspects save the playing surface - at the first semifinal of the Sri Lanka Premier League. Having been at five different editions of the IPL, and more than one Champions League, it was hard to resist the temptation of subconsciously comparing the two events. That, of course, is a blunder of epic proportions.
While the two leagues are built largely along similar lines, to expect one to be like the other is an exercise in futility.