After getting postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19 pandemic, the IPL finally started on 19th September 2020. It has always been one of the most sought domestic leagues in the world where a lot of players participate and show their cricket skills.
The players reached UAE after the third week of August and spent a week in compulsory quarantine. A lot of buzzes has already happened about the players whether it is related to their personal life or quarantine routine due to the present COVID situation, but the game is game. “Whatever happens, the show must go on!”
Going into the tournament each team had 15 to 20 days of training and no ‘game-time’. IPL is coming up with the new talent Devdutt Padikkal who had a fantastic season for Karnataka and was their highest run-scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. We have another emerging talent who is Mohammad Siraj. Siraj has a lot of potential in his gameplay and is a good bowler. Shahbaz Ahmed had a great season across all formats for Bengal and it is really good to have young talent in the game.
IPL right now is the most trending thing on television. With Dhoni on the field, getting back to the ground after his announcement on the retirement from the International Cricket and watching all the players show their game after a gap of 5-7 months. It is great watching them.
The schedule is in front of you! Do cheer your favourite team but from being at home and having all the safety measures. Having cricket fever is awesome but having COVID fever is not really good. Also, there is a change in the match timings this year. The evening matches will begin at 7:30 pm IST and the afternoon matches will begin at 3:30 pm IST.
So if I talk about the team statistics, all the teams have been played really well in these 12 seasons of IPL and some teams have always set a benchmark for the other teams. It has always been fun watching the Indian Cricket team playing against each other so that all of them get to know each other’s strength and weakness and work on themselves too. The list of winners in these 12 years is:
This year has not been usual. According to sources, 8 teams have decided to pre-record the reactions of the cheerleaders and in some cases fans which they will play out during the matches to make up for the empty stands and the silence of no fans.
Just the UAE thing!
The average first innings score in UAE was 151, only 12 times did teams score more than 160, and only twice did they go beyond 200 (both in the same match). Teams chased down targets in excess of 160 only three times. Chennai Super Kings (CSK)’ 205/4 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Abu Dhabi was the highest first innings total, while Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 70 versus Rajasthan Royals at the same venue was the lowest.
KXIP chased down CSK’s 205, making it the edition’s joint-best run chase, including the games in India. Incidentally, KXIP’s run chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad is the other best second innings performance.
24 matches will be held in Dubai, 20 in Abu Dhabi and 12 in Sharjah. The first doubleheader will be played on October 3rd and there will be 10 doubleheaders with the first match. So, watch all the matches from 19th September to 10th November and cheer them. Stay home and stay safe. Also, stay connected as we are going to post highlights of every match on our website and keep you updated! See you soon.