If cricket is a religion then the Indian Premier League was no less than a jihad. And as with 'holy' wars, there were the obvious casualties.
And so, the one and a half month of non-stop commercial action, inter-spaced with cricket, saw the likes of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh become victims of excess, what with the World Cup itself preceding the T20 tournament.
Wasim Akram called the BCCI inhuman for it's schedule for it's national players. Though the former pace bowler is entitled to his opinion like most in the sub-continent, the players (it just seems) themselves have not been entirely gagged to scream out in agony when the going gets tough and the tough refuses to get going.