The 2021 season of the Indian Premier League was a tough one. Originally it was supposed to finish during May of this year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of the tournament while it was only half completed. But, during these months of suspension the competition has been anything but quiet. Many interesting developments and expectations have been taking place during all this time. All of them are leading towards the great IPL 2021 final that is expected to take place during october. Here we will review some of the most important aspects that concern the end of this competition, and why millions in India and the rest of the world are looking forward to it.
The IPL organization has finally agreed to resume the competition in october
The COVID-19 pandemic caused huge problems in most of the world. India also suffered a lot with the pandemic. One of the main consequences of the pandemic was the suspension of the Indian Premier League. While there was a lot of uncertainty about its resumption, even with some rumors of total cancellation, finally a short while ago the organization officially stated that the tournament now has a date for resuming.
If everything is okay, the tournament is expected to continue between the months of September and October of this year in the United Arab Emirates. The health conditions and the sanitary restrictions that the pandemic forced didn’t allow for the tournament to continue in mainland India. However, at least people will still be able to follow their favorite squads from TV, Internet or other media. It is worth remembering that out of the 60 matches that were planned in total for the season, only 29 were played before the competition was stopped. In other words, more than half of the tournament still needs to be played. The rest of the competition is expected to take place between the 19th of September and the 15th of October of this year. The IPL 2021 Finals should take place between the 11th and the 15th of October. Parimatch is one of the great places to enjoy the competition.
What squads have qualified for the playoffs of the IPL 2021
As of july of 2021, the squads that will qualify for the playoffs of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League are yet to be designed. For those who might not know, there are eight teams that participate in the different seasons of the competition. The IPL cricket rules state that the first four of them will advance to the playoffs. Right now, the teams that are most likely to advance to the playoffs due to their current position in the table are:
- Delhi Capitals
- Chennai Super Kings
- Royal Challengers Bangalore
- and also the Mumbai Indians!
But, there are still many matches left to be played according to the IPL UAE schedule. This means that anything can happen during the 31 matches that are left to be played among all the squads in the team list of the championship.
Remembering the IPL 2020 season
The 2020 season of the Indian Premier League was a difficult one as well. It started in a seemingly normal manner back on the 29th of March of 2020. However, it was played for little more than two weeks when the tournament was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was hoped that this suspension would be short. However, the pandemic affected the country in a severe manner, and of course the schedule of the competition too.
Later, on the 14th of April the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, stated that the lockdown measures across all India would be in place until not before the 3rd of May of the same year. This suspension, alongside all the uncertainty that surrounded the tournament due to this unprecedented circumstance, forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India to suspend the tournament indefinitely.
However, during August of 2020, things started to look a little bit better. A deal was reached between the BCCI and the government of the United Arab Emirates. Thanks to this deal, it was possible to resume the IPL 2020 tournament in that country between September and November of that year.
Finally, the Mumbai Indians reached their fifth title after beating the Delhi Capitals in the grand final, which took place on the 10th of November of 2020. However, there are many interesting things to remember about the competition, besides who claimed the title, those who qualified for the IPL 2020 playoffs and the other circumstances that surrounded the tournament. Let’s review some of them.
Who had the most runs during the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League
Despite not having a good season as an overall team, the player with the most runs in IPL 2020 came from the Punjab Kings. Specifically, KL Rahul managed to get 670 runs throughout the entire competition, which was much higher than what was obtained by the second ranked player.
In second place there is Shikhar Dhawan, who was far from Rahul by obtaining 618 Rahul. It is still an impressive record on its own, and undoubtedly his great performances helped his team, the Delhi Capitals, to reach the final of the tournament.
Next in this ranking of most runs in IPL, there is David Warner from the Sunrisers Hyderabad. While his team didn’t have a good season, his great 548 runs obtained during it certainly helped his team to not have an even more catastrophic performance.
Surprisingly, the Mumbai Indians, who were the champions of the competition, didn’t have any player among the top four ones in terms of runs. However, they had three players in the the fifth, sixth and seventh places on this ranking, which are Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav respectively. They managed to obtain 516, 503 and 480 runs respectively. Nobody could argue that the 1538 runs that they obtained between themselves contributed greatly to the amazing title that they managed to obtain.
Of course, hundreds of players obtained runs of their own throughout the season. However, to close the top 10 of the players with the best runs during the competition, we should talk about Devdutt Padikka, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. The three of them play at the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and they managed to obtain 473, 466 and 454 runs respectively. Their performances helped the team to have a regular season. While the Royal Challengers Bangalore couldn’t claim the title during the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League, these three players managed to do a fantastic job in helping their team to keep their title dreams alive during most of the season.
What about the fastest fifties that were obtained during the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League
As it was previously introduced, the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League was a difficult one. However, despite its suspension and all the other difficulties that needed to be endured due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were still plenty of interesting sporting occurrences that deserve to be spoken about. For example, the record of the fastest fifties in IPL 2020 is pretty interesting, let’s review who managed to obtain these records.
The top player in terms of the fastest fifties is Nicholas Pooran. The player from the Punjab kings managed to obtain his fastest fifties with a BF of 17. The record was obtained during a match that took place on the 8th of October of 2020, against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Until that moment, Pooran had managed to obtain 77 runs, which is a pretty interesting record.
If we continue down the top ten of fastest fifties in IPL 2020, we will see that all of them were obtained in stadiums located throughout the United Arab Emirates. These venues include the aforementioned Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. Since there are so many people from India living in the United Arab Emirates for different reasons, it was natural that after the suspension of the season, it was going to continue in this Middle Eastern country.
Sanju Samson managed to achieve an important second place during the season in terms of fastest fifties. The player from the Rajasthan Royals obtained a BF on a match played on the 28th of September of 2020 in the Sharjah Cricket stadium. Until that moment, Samson had managed to obtain 74 runs, and he achieved his fastest fifties record playing against the Chennai Super Kings.
In the third and fourth places of this ranking it is possible to find two players from the champion team, the Mumbai Indians. Specifically, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya managed to obtain a BF of 20 in their fastest fifties. Their respective records were achieved against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals, on the 28th of September and 25th of October of 2020 respectively. It is interesting to note that at that moment, both of them had managed to achieve 60 runs.
Also with a BF of 20 it is possible to find Marcus Stoinis. He plays for the Delhi Capitals, the team that managed to be the runner-up of the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League. He obtained his record on the 20th of September of 2020 against the Punjab Kings, in a match played in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In this match Stoinis also had managed to obtain 53 runs.
In sixth place it is possible to find Dinesh Karthik. The player from the Kolkata Knight Riders obtained a BF of 22 in the 10th of October of 2020 against the Punjab Kings in a match played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. Until that point, he had obtained 58 runs.
Who is the highest paid player in the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League
The highest paid player in IPL 2020 is not really a surprise. Of course we are talking about Virat Kohli. The player of the Royal Challengers Bangalore has also been the team captain since the year 2013. He has been recognized as one of the best batsmen in the world and also, probably as one of the best in the history of the sport. His performances, skills and leadership have earned him a wage of Rs. 17 crores. It is interesting to say that this salary put him in the top 100 of the highest paid athletes from all over the world during the year 2020. That’s why answering the question of who is the highest paid player in IPL 2020 can have a lot of relevance.
What can be said about the most sixes during the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League
As it can already be seen, there are many parameters and things to highlight about cricket season. Besides taking a look at the fastest fifties and the most runs of the season, it is also a good idea to speak about the most sixes in IPL 2020 in order to get a better understanding of how the competition looked like.
Topping the list there is a player of the current champions. Ishan Kishan led the tale of the most sixes throughout the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League. He managed to obtain 30 sixes throughout the competition, which undoubtedly helped his squad to claim the title.
Sanju Samson also makes his own appearance in the ranking. The player from the Rajasthan Royals obtained a total of 26 sixes throughout the seasons, which is an excellent record in general.
When looking at the number three in the list, it is easy to see why the Mumbai Indians had such a good season, because this player is also from this team. Hardik Pandya managed to obtain 25 sixes of his own throughout the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League. In fact, it should also be stated that there were four players in total from this squad in the top 10 in terms of most sixes, as Kieron Pollard and Quinton de Kock obtained 22 sixes, which put them in a shared ninth place in this ranking.
Nicholas Pooran comes in fourth place in terms of most sixes. He obtained 25 during the season by playing for the Punjab Kings. It should be noted that this team managed to put three players of its own in the top ten of the players with most sixes.
Later, in fifth place of the most sixes in IPL ranking it is possible to find Eoin Morgan. The player from the Kolkata Knight Riders managed to obtain 24 runs throughout the entirety of the season, which certainly helped his team in specific matches.
Having spoken about the player list with the most sixes during the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League, it is worth noting that, surprisingly, there were no players from the Delhi Capitals in the top ten players in terms of sixes. This is surprising since this is the team that managed to reach the final, until they were eventually beaten by the Mumbai Indians in this match.
Who was the youngest player of the IPL 2020
The 2020 season of the Indian Premier League had an interesting mixture of youth and experience, which, despite the difficulties imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, managed to still deliver an exciting tournament from any point of view. That’s why the youngest player in IPL deserves to be mentioned.
The youngest player in IPL 2020 was Akash Singh. The player from the Rajasthan Royals made his debut at 18 years and 117 days old. He even had the chance to debut earlier, however, an injury prevented him from doing that. He has managed to obtain an impressive career despite his short age. He was one of the stars of the India national U-19 cricket team, which participated in the Cricket World Cup of this age group. During the tournament he scored seven wickets, three of them were in a single match against Australia.
Frequently Asked Questions of the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League
Now returning to the year 2021 and its respective Indian Premier League season, there are many questions hanging up in the air. Most of them come from the fact that the tournament needed to be suspended one more time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s review some of them.
What is the scheduled date for the finals of the 2021 IPL season?
The playoff stage of the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League is expected to take place between the 10th and the 15th of October 2021. In fact, IPL 2021 final date is on the 15th of October in Dubai. The teams who will take place in those matches are yet to be determined.
What is the venue of the final match of the 2021 IPL season?
The final match of the IPL 2021 UAE will take place at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Why was the 2021 IPL season postponed?
The way in which India was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic forced the tournament to be postponed. While it had a seemingly normal start back in the 29th of March of 2019, during April it was decided to suspend it indefinitely due to the quarantines and other health measures. It is expected to resume on the 19th of September of the current year. The IPL 2021 end date should be the 15th of October.