IPL 2021: Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 came to an end recently after providing the cricket fraternity with some high-octane action and much-needed distraction in the wake of the pandemic.
IPL 13 witnessed a lot of drama, game-changing moments, controversies. Here we take a look at the top 5 incidents in IPL 2020 which will have an impact in IPL 2021 as well.
Chennai Super Kings’ dismal form: IPL 2020 was nothing less than a nightmare for CSK as for the first time in the IPL history they failed to qualify for the playoffs. MS Dhoni’s team lost 8 out of 14 games in IPL 2020 and they were the first team to bow out of the competition.
Now, CSK management will aim to rebuild the team in IPL 2021 auction as most of their players are on the wrong side of 30. Chennai’s plan will be to invest a lot in youth and they are most likely to drop ‘Dad’s army’ tag. Hence, fans might see a completely new CSK team in the upcoming season of the cash-rich league.
Umpiring errors: IPL 2020 witnessed a lot of umpiring errors and the biggest one of them was the umpire Nitin Menon’s controversial ‘short-run’ call during the game between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals which ultimately cost KXIP a playoffs berth.
Post the incident, KXIP management and many former players including Virender Sehwag called for more technological intervention for the sake of fair results and BCCI is likely to pay heed to the advice and increase the use of technology to minimise human error and enforce a fair result in IPL 2021.
Absence of fans: IPL 2020 in UAE had all the thrill, action, drama but due to the pandemic it missed the presence of crowd in the stadiums, loud cheers and confidence-boosting atmosphere.
The governing council of IPL, including Sourav Ganguly, has taken note of the same and with IPL 2021 set to take place in India, the committee is most likely to allow fans in the stadium with proper guidelines.
Gayle benched for first half of IPL 2020: KXIP benched their most-experienced player Chris Gayle for the opening half of the IPL 2020 which turned out to be a huge mistake as they lost six out of 7 games in his absence.
However, Gayle’s return swung the fortunes in favour of the KL Rahul-.led side who made a late charge towards the play-offs with 5 wins on the bounce.
Gayle managed to make a huge impact, scoring 288 runs, including 3 fifties, in just 7 matches. The 41-year-old’s addition added firepower to the KXIP middle-order as he batted at No. 3 instead of the regular opener’s spot.
Benching the ‘Universe Boss’ was a grave mistake which franchises won’t dare to repeat in IPL 2021, especially KXIP’s co-owner Ness Wadia who on Thursday confirmed that Gayle will start from game one next season given that he remains with Kings XI for the upcoming season.
Failure of big names: Money can’t buy you everything, at least not a sure shot performance in the Indian Premier League and same was witnessed in IPL 2020 when some big players with a hefty price tags like Glen Maxwell (Rs 10.75 crores), Kedar Jadhav (Rs 7.8 crores), Sheldon Cottrell (Rs 8.5 crores) flopped badly and failed to pay dividends, while some lesser-known or uncapped players like Devdutt Padikkal (Rs 20 lakhs), Ruturaj Gaikwad (Rs 20 lakhs), Rahul Tewatia (Rs 3 crores) stole the show with their top-notch performance in IPL 13.
Hence, franchises in IPL 2021 auction, which is likely to be a mega auction, won’t just pick players on the basis of their hefty price tags but will eye to invest smartly and target players who can give big returns without burning a hole in their pockets.