IPL 2020 final: Another season of Indian Premier League (IPL) is nearing an end. Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Capitals (DC) on Tuesday will lock horns in IPL 2020 final. Interestingly, it will not be a usual IPL final. Due to the pandemic, cricket’s ultimate showdown will be different from its predecessors.
One of the main difference is that there will be no closing ceremony. Furthermore, keeping in line with the COVID-19 protocols, the finals will be held behind closed doors.
However, one big difference will be unlike previously, you can now watch IPL 2020 final live on Disney+Hotstar with your friends with video chat.
Here are 8 things which will make IPL 2020 final different from IPL 2019 final
1) IPL 2020 final LIVE: Disney+ Hotstar introduces Video-Chat feature with your friends during Live Match, Check how it works?
With ‘Watch with your friends’ users get an advantage of sharing excitement and cheer of the match with their friends real-time. Users simply need to click ‘start video call’ feature under the LIVE match stream and add up to 5 friends in portrait mode with an option of listening to the sports commentary over their conversation and control the volume of each to customise their experience. In case of low connectivity, one can also choose to be part of the conversation using ‘audio only’ option. Additionally, for no-spoilers – video synchronisation among participants will ensure that the stream doesn’t lag, so everyone watches the exact same feed of the same match, across networks.
2) IPL 2020 final: No closing ceremony due to pandemic
BCCI will not be holding any closing ceremony this year due to the pandemic. However, it will not come as a surprise as the national cricket body had cancelled the opening ceremony too.
3) IPL 2020 final: No saliva on the ball
In a recent ruling passed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, the apex body confirmed interim changes to its playing regulations, which include the ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball and allowing home umpires in international series. It also decided to allow teams to have a replacement for players showing Covid-19 symptoms in Test matches.
4) IPL 2020 final: Delhi Capital to play their first final
For the first time, Delhi Capitals have qualified for the IPL finals and will be looking for their maiden title.
5) IPL 2020 final: New partners
The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) announced India’s largest learning platform Dream11 as Official Partner for IPL. The partnership will cover three seasons of IPL.
The Bengaluru-based edutech firm, Unacademy, aims to build an online knowledge repository for multilingual education by bringing expert Educators together from across the globe
6) IPL 2020 final: Title Sponsor (2020 – Dream11, 2019 -VIVO)
The IPL Governing Council has announced the schedule for Dream11 Indian Premier League 2020 to be held in UAE. The season will kickstart on 19th September in Abu Dhabi with a blockbuster clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
7) IPL 2020 final: In a first, final to be held in November
This is the first in IPL history that finals will be held in November. Taking note of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India, the IPL GC decided to stage the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
8) IPL 2020 final: No fans present in the stadium for the first time
With the rising cases of Covid-19 and to maintain the norms of social distancing, the IPL 2020 final will be played without the presence of fans in the stadium.