Indian Premier League is not all about sixes, fours, acrobatic catches, drama and entertainment, but it’s the emotional ride the players and fans go through and the toll it has on their mental health is not easy for everyone to understand.
IPL 2020 is different as, apart from joyous moments, the tournament has also witnessed some upsetting incidents which broke the heart of fans.
Here we take a look at the top five heart-breaking moments in IPL 2020:
Chennai Super Kings out in group stage: CSK’s abrupt IPL 2020 campaign came to an end as they were officially knocked out of the tournament after Rajasthan Royals thrashed Mumbai Indians on Sunday. Thus, for the first time since IPL began and in the seasons that CSK have been part of, they failed to make the playoffs. Chennai have been part of 11 seasons (two years they were suspended) now and out of it, 10 times they have been among the top-four teams.
The season hasn’t gone their way that also saw them suffering their first-ever 10-wicket defeat. As expected, CSK fans were mourning their poor show this time around with some asking for wholesale changes will others wishing for a stronger comeback next year.
Absence of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh: CSK fans suffered a major setback in the beginning of the IPL 2020 as the team’s key players Raina and Harbhajan pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons. Both the players were badly missed by the team and fans as their absence can be considered a big reason behind’s CSK’s horrible IPL 13 campaign.
Chris Gayle benched for the first half of the season: Almost every cricket fan loves to see Gayle in action as his ability to smash sixes and fours at will is unparalleled. But, the ‘Universe Boss’ was left on the bench by Kings XI Punjab in the first half of the IPL 2020 due to the restriction on the number of international players finding a spot in the Playing XI.
However, with KXIP suffering in the first half of the season, Gayle was selected in the playing XI and he didn’t disappoint as the Jamaican smashed a fifty to help his side beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets.
Andre Russell not firing: Kolkata Knight Rider all-rounder Andre Russell was in the form of his life in the last IPL season. However, the fans who expected the same batting prowess and towering sixes by Russell in IPL 2020 have been left disheartened as the Windies player has been in dismal form in the ongoing season of the cash-rich league as he has scored mere 92 runs and picked just six wickets in 9 games.
Owing to his horrible form, Russell was dropped from KKR’s playing XI for their last two games and it is highly unlikely that he will return to the side anytime soon.
Amit Mishra’s injury: Delhi Capitals’ spinner Amit Mishra was ruled out of IPL 2020 after the 37-year-old sustained a flexor tendon injury to the ring finger of his bowling hand whilst attempting to take a return catch off his bowling against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah on 3rd October.
It was a huge setback for DC fans as Amit was not only the key player in the side but this might well have been Mishra’s last season in the IPL.