It’s been a month since the commencement of Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) and the tournament has witnessed numerous top-notch performances in batting, bowling and fielding departments.
However, other than top performances in every aspect of the game, IPL 2020 has also witnessed some unusual events.
Here we take a look at top five unusual things in IPL 2020 so far:
No fans and cheerleaders in IPL 2020: IPL – without fans? Now that’s something everyone struggled to grapple with. The cheers, the cheerleaders, the oooos and ahhss, the emotions, the passion – everything is being missed in IPL 2020 courtesy COVID-19 pandemic.
Chennai Super Kings in the lower half of the points table: CSK, who are known to dominate the tournament, have been struggling in IPL 2020 and they are currently sitting at seventh position in the points tally. The three-time champions have never failed to make it to playoffs of IPL, but this time it is highly unlikely that they will reach the knockout stage.
Three Super Overs in a day: Indian Premier League 2020 witnessed three Super Overs in a day – an event which occurred for the first time in the history of IPL.
It was a day of double-header on October 18 and both the games, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, were decided in their respective Super Overs.
Interestingly, while it took just one Super Over to decide the winner between SRH and KKR, MI vs KXIP witnessed two Super Overs in the game as the first tie-breaker itself ended in a tie.
Notably, IPL 2020 has already recorded most Super Overs (5) in a single edition of the cash-rich league.
No-Ball Siren: The 2020 edition of the IPL have a special umpire just to monitor no-balls and he works in co-ordination with the on-field umpires and the third umpire and press the no-ball siren as soon as he spots that someone has overstepped the line. The ‘specialist’ umpire for each game to monitor no balls has been introduced in the IPL for the first time in order to reduce errors as previous seasons of the cash-rich league witnessed numerous instances when the on-field umpires failed to make the right calls, especially on no balls.
Rashid Khan got out twice in one ball: SRH all-rounder Rashid Khan got out twice off the same ball against CSK in the match No. 29 of the 2020 Indian Premier League.
Needing 22 runs to win from just seven deliveries, Rashid was desperate to take his side over the finish line. Eventually, he went for the slog and unintentionally knocked the bails off the stumps with his foot.
But it took bowler Shardul Thakur and the other CSK fielders a while to realise that Rashid had already dismissed himself with a hit wicket, as they were celebrating Deepak Chahar’s catch at long-on.
Notably, Rashid was adjudged out ‘hit wicket’ when the dismissal should have been ‘caught’.
According to Section 33.5 (Caught to take precedence) of the IPL match playing conditions: “If the criteria of clause 33.1are met and the striker is not out Bowled, then he is out Caught, even though a decision against either batsman for another method of dismissal would be justified.”