IPL News: The IPL 2021 phase has been a strange one, as for the very first time the tournament has been divided into two phases in one year. The first half took place in April but lasted till May due to the grown Corona virus cases in India. However, the IPL start date for Phase 2 is September 19, as the remainder of the tournament will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates. The IPL Schedule and the IPL Time Table are stated below, as the fans eagerly wait for a resumption of IPL Live Action.
The Indian Premier League has been of the most indulging cricketing events in recent times and rightfully so. Cricket in India was already considered as a religion, but the introduction of the star-studded league brought in a whole new dimension which was never seen before. The IPL was glamorous with non-stop action from the best players from across the globe. The tournament first began in 2008, and has grown year by year, as people from every nook and cranny within the nation, as well as from abroad is keen on witness the IPL Live.
The Live coverage and broadcast of the Indian Premier League will be done by Star Sports. Other than that, the games can also be streamed live on Hotstar. For Countries outside of India, here are a few other channels that will be broadcasting the second half of IPL 2021
|South Africa||Super sports|
|New Zealand||Sky Sports|
|Hong kong||Now TV|
|Sri Lanka||Star Cricket|
|Papua New Guinea||EMTV|
|UK||Sky sports cricket|
|United States||Willow TV|
game. A total of 27 games were later contested before the BCCI made the decision of postponing further fixtures due to COVID 19 Pandemic. With the second wave of the virus being a constant threat, the decision had to be taken sooner rather than later.
However, the second phase of IPL 2021 is set to begin on September 19 later this year. The rest of the tournament will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The first half of the IPL was held in stadiums behind closed doors. However, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal has recently stated that there is a growing possibility of fans being allowed in stadiums in the UAE. "We are working on that and we are hoping that the UAE government will allow the crowd this time since everyone is vaccinated there. Let's see what happens. Hopefully, fans will be allowed but not at the coast players' or peoples' safety “
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League kicked off on April 9 with Royal Challengers Bangalore taking on Mumbai Indians. A total of 29 matches took place ever since, before the BCCI decided to call off the tournament on May 1 due to the rising COVID 19 cases within India.
However, The IPL Start Date for the second half is September 19, with Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi being the hosts, just like in IPL 2020. The UAE have vaccinated a large proportion of their residents, and is a much safer option for the tournament to resume until it finishes on October 15. Here’s what the IPL Schedule originally looked like.
|1||Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||9th April/ Friday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||RCB won by 2 wickets|
|2||Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Vs Delhi Capitals (DC)||10th April/ Saturday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||DC won by 7 wickets|
|3||Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) Vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||11th April/ Sunday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||KKR won by 10 runs|
|4||Rajasthan Royals (RR) Vs Punjab Kings||12th April/ Monday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||Punjab Kings won by 10 runs|
|5||Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Vs Mumbai Indians (MI)||13th April/ Tuesday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||MI won by 10 runs|
|6||Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||14th April/ Wednesday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||RCB won by 6 runs|
|7||Rajasthan Royals (RR) Vs Delhi Capitals (DC)||15th April/ Thursday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||RR won by 3 wickets|
|8||Punjab Kings Vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK)||16th April/ Friday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||CSK won by 6 wickets|
|9||Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH)||17th April/ Saturday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||MI won by 13 runs|
|10||Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||18th April/ Sunday||3:30 PM IST||Chennai||RCB won by 38 runs|
|11||Delhi Capitals (DC) Vs Punjab Kings||18th April/ Sunday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||DC won by 6 wickets|
|12||Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)||19th April/ Monday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||CSK won by 45 runs|
|13||Delhi Capitals (DC) Vs Mumbai Indians (MI)||20th April/ Tuesday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||DC won by 6 wickets|
|14||Punjab Kings Vs Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH)||21st April/ Wednesday||3:30 PM IST||Chennai||SRH won by 9 wickets|
|15||Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK)||21st April/ Wednesday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||CSK won by 18 runs|
|16||Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)||22nd April/ Thursday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||RCB won by 9 wickets|
|17||Punjab Kings Vs Mumbai Indians (MI)||23rd April/ Friday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||Punjab Kings won by 9 wickets|
|18||Rajasthan Royals (RR) Vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||24th April/ Saturday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||RR won by 6 wickets|
|19||Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||25th April/ Sunday||3:30 PM IST||Mumbai||CSK win by 69 runs|
|20||Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) Vs Delhi Capitals (DC)||25th April/ Sunday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||Delhi Capitals win Super Over|
|21||Punjab Kings Vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||26th April/ Monday||7:30 PM IST||Ahmedabad||KKR won by 5 wickets|
|22||Delhi Capitals (DC) Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||27th April/ Tuesday||7:30 PM IST||Ahmedabad||RCB won by 1 run|
|23||Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Vs Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH)||28th April/ Wednesday||7:30 PM IST||Delhi||CSK won by 7 wickets|
|24||Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)||29th April/ Thursday||3:30 PM IST||Delhi||MI won by 7 wickets|
|25||Delhi Capitals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||29th April/ Thursday||7:30 PM IST||Ahmedabad||DC won by 7 wickets|
|26||Punjab Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||30th April/ Friday||3:30 PM IST||Ahmedabad||Punjab Kings won by 34 runs|
|27||Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK))||1st May/ Saturday||7:30 PM IST||Delhi||MI won by 4 runs|
|28||Rajasthan Royals (RR) Vs Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH)||2nd May/ Sunday||3:30 PM IST||Delhi||RR won by 50 runs|
|28||Punjab Kings Vs Delhi Capitals (DC)||2nd May/ Sunday||7:30 PM IST||Ahmedabad||DC won by 7 wickets|
After deciding to call off the first half of the IPL on March 1, the priority for the BCCI was to resume the tournament by finding the right alternative. After several meetings and discussions, the members of the BCCI made the call of hosting the second half of the tournament in the UAE. Seeing the success that they got in 2020, the choice of an alternative might have been rightfully claimed. Things will be get back to business from September 19, as the Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Supper Kings at the Dubai Stadium. The finals will be hosted on October 15. Here’s the remaining IPL Time Table 2021.
|30||Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings||19 September, Sunday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|31||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||20 September, Monday||7:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|32||Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals||21 September, Tuesday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|33||Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||22 September, Wednesday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|34||Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders||23 September, Thursday||7:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|35||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings||24 September, Friday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|36||Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals||25 September, Saturday||2:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|37||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings||26 September, Sunday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|38||Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders||26 September, Sunday||3:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|39||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians||26 September, Sunday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|40||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals||27 September, Monday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|41||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals||28 September, Tuesday||3:30PM||Sharjah|
|42||Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings||28 September, Tuesday||7:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|43||Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||29 September, Wednesday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|44||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings||30 September, Thursday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|45||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings||1 October, Friday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|46||Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals||2 October, Saturday||3:30PM||Sharjah|
|47||Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings||2 October, Saturday||7:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|48||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings||3 October, Sunday||3:30PM||Sharjah|
|49||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||3 October, Sunday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|50||Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings||4 October, Monday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|51||Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians||5 October, Tuesday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|52||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||6 October, Wednesday||7:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|53||Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings||7 October, Thursday||3:30PM||Dubai|
|54||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals||7 October, Thursday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|55||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians||8 October, Friday||3:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|56||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals||8 October, Friday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|57||Qualifier 1||10 October, Sunday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|58||Eliminator||11 October, Monday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|59||Qualifier 1||13 October, Wednesday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|60||Final||15 October, Friday||7:30PM||Dubai|
If there is one team that ensured their authority of the years in the IPL, then it has to be Mumbai Indians. The Boys in Blue have five titles to their names, two of which came in quick succession in 2019 and 2020. Other than that, the Mumbai Indians have also won the Champions League, which was a tournament that was there for a brief period of time. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Keiron Pollard, the Pandya Brothers, Jasprit Bumrah and the rest, they have more often than not been the team to beat.
It was the Rajasthan Royals under Australian Legend Shane Warne’s captaincy, that won the first ever title in 2008. Interestingly, it was Adam Gilchrist and his Deccan Chargers unit that went on to claim the title in the season after. But soon after, it was MS Dhoni and his yellow army that finally arrived to the scene after falling short in the finals of 2008.
The Chennai Super Kings became the first ever IPL Franchise to win back to back titles in 2010 and 2011. The Kolkata Knight Riders under Gautam Gambhir also showed grit and determination as they won the invaluable trophy in 2012 and 2014. Although the Sunrisers Hyderabad also got the win in 2016, it’s the Mumbai Indians that have ensured dominance in the past decade or so. Mumbai have secured five IPL Titles in a span of eight years (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019,2020)
|2010||Chennai Super Kings|
|2012||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2014||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2018||Chennai Super Kings|
The IPL has been home to some top notch batsmen that have only shown their class in the domestic league, but also in the international stage as well. Virat Kohli is a prime example of it, who is modern day legend for Team India, and is nothing short, but an absolute asset for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Captain Kohli leads the pile with over 6000 runs, while, it’s Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina who fall in at number two and three. Overseas players such as AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, David Warner also make the cut. MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir are a few other big names who are there available.
|6||AB de Villiers||176||162||5056||40.77||152.38||3||40||406||245|
|Year||Winners (Player)||Innings||Runs||Highest Score||Average||Strike Rate||50s||100s||4s||6s|
|2020||KL Rahul (KXIP)||14||670||132*||55.83||129.34||5||1||58||23|
|2019||David Warner (SRH)||12||692||100||69.2||143.87||8||1||57||21|
|2018||Kane Williamson (SRH)||17||735||84||52.5||142.44||8||0||64||28|
|2017||David Warner (SRH)||14||641||126||58.27||141.81||4||1||63||26|
|2016||Virat Kohli (RCB)||16||973||113||81.08||152.03||7||4||83||38|
|2015||David Warner (SRH)||14||562||91||43.23||156.54||7||0||65||21|
|2014||Robin Uthappa (KKR)||16||660||83||44||137.78||5||0||74||18|
|2013||Michael Hussey (CSK)||17||733||95||52.35||129.5||6||0||81||17|
|2012||Chris Gayle (RCB)||14||733||128||61.08||160.74||7||1||46||59|
|2011||Chris Gayle (RCB)||12||608||107||67.55||183.13||3||2||57||44|
|2010||Sachin Tendulkar (MI)||15||618||89||47.53||132.61||5||0||46||3|
|2009||Matthew Hayden (CSK)||12||572||89||52||144.81||5||0||60||22|
|2008||Shaun Marsh (KXIP||11||616||115||68.44||139.68||5||1||59||26|
Pakitstani left arm pace Sohail Tanvir was the top wicket taker in the first ever IPL season for Rajasthan Royals. The Chennai Super Kings all rounder Dwayne Bravo picked up 32 wickets in 2013, which makes him the record holder for most wickets in a single season.
Kagiso Rabada topped the pile last season for the Delhi Capitals with 30 wickets. As for Lasith Malinga, he has the most number of wickets altogether with a tally of 170 wickets. Amit Mishra, on the other hand is just four wickets behind him and is expected to overhaul Malinga.
|2008||Sohail Tanvir||Rajasthan Royals||22|
|2009||RP Singh||Deccan Chargers||23|
|2010||Pragyan Ojha||Deccan Chargers||21|
|2011||Lasith Malinga||Mumbai Indians||28|
|2012||Morne Morkel||Delhi Daredevils||25|
|2013||Dwayne Bravo||Chennai Super Kings||32|
|2014||Mohit Sharma||Chennai Super Kings||23|
|2015||Dwayne Bravo||Chennai Super Kings||26|
|2016||Bhuvneshwar Kumar||Sunrisers Hyderabad||23|
|2017||Bhuvneshwar Kumar||Sunrisers Hyderabad||26|
|2018||Andrew Tye||Kings XI Punjab||24|
|2019||Imran Tahir||Chennai Super Kings||26|
|2020||Kagiso Rabada||Delhi Capitals||30|
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have been topping the pile when it comes to the highest score in IPL history. RCB scored a first innings total of 263/5 versus the Pune Warriors in 2013. It was Chris Gayle who stole the show with a scintillating knock of 175*, which is also the highest individual score in the IPL.
The Royal Challengers are also second in the list with a score of 248/3 versus the Gujrat Lions in 2016. Centuries from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were a pure spectacle for cricket fans. Chennai Super Kings are in at 3rd with a total of 246/5 that came against the Rajasthan Royals in 2010.
|Team||Score||Run Rate||Opposition||Ground||Match Date|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||263/5||13.15||Pune Warriors||Bengaluru||23-Apr-2013|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||248/3||12.4||Gujarat Lions||Bengaluru||14-May-2016|
|Chennai Super Kings||246/5||12.3||Rajasthan Royals||Chennai||3-Apr-2010|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||245/6||12.25||Kings XI Punjab||Indore||12-May-2018|
|Chennai Super Kings||240/5||12||Kings XI Punjab||Mohali||19-Apr-2008|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||235/1||11.75||Mumbai Indians||Mumbai||10-May-2015|
|Kings XI Punjab||232/2||11.6||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Dharamsala||17-May-2011|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||232/2||11.6||Mumbai Indians||Kolkata||28-Apr-2019|
|Delhi Daredevils||231/4||11.55||Kings XI Punjab||Delhi||23-Apr-2011|
|Kings XI Punjab||231/4||11.55||Chennai Super Kings||Cuttack||7-May-2014|
The return of the IPL guarantees entertainment galore for fans that have been deprived of it since the last few months. Considering the success of the tournament in the UAE last year, we can expect the second half of IPL 2021 to be as good if not better than before. Players will take keen interest in scoring runs and taking wickets in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, as they’ll also be having one eye on the much anticipated ICC T20 World Cup that starts shortly after. As we approach the final few months of 2021, cricketing fans will be in for a treat considering the intense schedule lined up ahead.