The IPL is one of the most sought-after cricketing tournaments if not sporting tournaments in the whole world. It is a one-of-a-kind tournament that has captured the imagination of cricket watchers and has changed how a complete generation has imagined cricket. What started in 2008 as a tournament which was meant to revolutionize cricket has done that and more. It has become one of the most watched tournaments in terms of the Television and streaming numbers it does and has incredible brand values. It has taken the game to the very next level but the biggest thing it has done for cricket is given a platform to many youngsters to showcase their mettle. This season too had many youngsters like Prithvi Shaw, Avesh Khan, Rituraj Gaekwad, Chetan Sakariya and others show their skills in the toughest T20 league before IPL 2021 postponed news broke out.
Like most of the other aspects of our life, IPL has been severely affected with the IPL too. The 2020 season got postponed From April 2020 to later in the year. 2021 was expected to be a better year for al of us and looked to be better for IPL too but history seemed destined to repeat itself and while we did see the beginning of the IPL in the month of April, we saw the second wave hit everyone hard. The IPL felt the wrath of the dreaded virus too and we saw many players getting affected with the virus. IPL had an abrupt end and that ever since speculations have been rife about how the tournament is going to be held. The IPL 2021 postponed date, 2nd of May came as a dreaded news to the common man as they were already dealing with the realities of the second way of Coronavirus and IPL was a much needed relief for them.
UAE has been India’s go to location whenever something goes wrong and IPL cannot be held in India. We have seen the games being held in 3 venues in UAE before and this time is going to be no different.
September is the month where the IPL will in all likelihood be held from 19th September onwards. As of the announcement on 29th of May by Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, it has been announced that the IPL will be held in the UAE, however no dates have been locked officially yet.
If the last year’s routine is followed, the games are going to be held in 3 stadiums
The list of remaining fixtures is provided below
|30||19-Sep-21||7:30 PM||CSK vs MI||Dubai|
|31||20-Sep-21||7:30 PM||KKR vs RCB||Abu Dhabi|
|32||21-Sep-21||7:30 PM||PBKS vs RR||Dubai|
|33||22-Sep-21||7:30 PM||DC vs SRH||Dubai|
|34||23-Sep-21||7:30 PM||MI vs KKR||Abu Dhabi|
|35||24-Sep-21||7:30 PM||RCB vs CSK||Sharjah|
|36||25-Sep-21||3:30 PM||DC vs RR||Abu Dhabi|
|37||25-Sep-21||7:30 PM||SRH vs PBKS||Sharjah|
|38||26-Sep-21||3:30 PM||CSK vs KKR||Abu Dhabi|
|39||26-Sep-21||7:30 PM||RCB vs MI||Dubai|
|40||27-Sep-21||7:30 PM||SRH vs RR||Dubai|
|41||28-Sep-21||3:30 PM||KKR vs DC||Sharjah|
|42||28-Sep-21||7:30 PM||MI vs PBKS||Abu Dhabi|
|43||29-Sep-21||7:30 PM||RR vs RCB||Dubai|
|44||30-Sep-21||7:30 PM||SRH vs CSK||Sharjah|
|45||01-Oct-21||7:30 PM||KKR vs PBKS||Dubai|
|46||02-Oct-21||3:30 PM||MI vs DC||Sharjah|
|47||02-Oct-21||7:30 PM||RR vs CSK||Abu Dhabi|
|48||03-Oct-21||3:30 PM||RCB vs PBKS||Sharjah|
|49||03-Oct-21||7:30 PM||KKR vs SRH||Dubai|
|50||04-Oct-21||7:30 PM||DC vs CSK||Dubai|
|51||05-Oct-21||7:30 PM||RR vs MI||Sharjah|
|52||06-Oct-21||7:30 PM||RCB vs SRH||Abu Dhabi|
|53||07-Oct-21||3:30 PM||CSK vs PBKS||Dubai|
|54||07-Oct-21||7:30 PM||KKR vs RR||Sharjah|
|55||08-Oct-21||3:30 PM||SRH vs MI||Abu Dhabi|
|56||08-Oct-21||7:30 PM||RCB vs DC||Dubai|
|57||10-Oct-21||7:30 PM||Qualifier 1||Dubai|
|59||13-Oct-21||7:30 PM||Qualifier 2||Sharjah|
While there is nothing officially said about the date on which the IPL will return, there have been speculations which have been rife about there being a conflict between the dates of the IPL final and the T20i world cup. The Indian team is currently in England while there will be a team playing a series in Sri Lanka too. The window for the IPL therefore is really small as the T20 world cup begins on 18th of October.
As per the tweet on the official twitter handle of BCCI , the World T20 is going to be held in the UAE and Oman.
This gives the players the window to stay in UAE and not have to worry about the quarantine regulations. While the Indian fans will not have the opportunity to watch the tournament live, it gives the BCCI a chance to host both the tournaments simultaneously. The IPL is a big tournament with a lot of stakeholders involved so it is definitely not wise to let go of a tournament like that.
The IPL began in the month of April with the first match being played on 9th of April. 29 games were played by the time the announcement of postponement happened on 2nd of May. This was an already curtailed edition of the IPL because of the COVID bio bubbles. These games were held in the following 4 stadiums
IPL 2021 saw the game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed after Varun Chakrawarti and Sandeep Warrier were both tested positive for COVID 19. There are reports of the IPL being held from 19th September to 15th of October however the official news regarding IPL 2021 schedule and stadium is yet to come from the BCCI or IPL officials.
The results of the 29 games of the complete games are provided here below.
|Apr 09, Friday||Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Chennai|
|Apr 10, Saturday||Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals||Delhi Capitals||Mumbai|
|Apr 11, Sunday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Kolkata Knight Riders||Chennai|
|Apr 12, Monday||Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings||Punjab Kings||Mumbai|
|Apr 13, Tuesday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians||Mumbai Indians||Chennai|
|Apr 14, Wednesday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Chennai|
|Apr 15, Thursday||Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals||Rajasthan Royals||Mumbai|
|Apr 16, Friday||Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings||Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai|
|Apr 17, Saturday||Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Mumbai Indians||Chennai|
|Apr 18, Sunday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Chennai|
|Apr 18, Sunday||Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings||Delhi Capitals||Mumbai|
|Apr 19, Monday||Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals||Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai|
|Apr 20, Tuesday||Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians||Delhi Capitals||Chennai|
|Apr 21, Wednesday||Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Chennai|
|Apr 21, Wednesday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings||Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai|
|Apr 22, Thursday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Mumbai|
|Apr 23, Friday||Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians||Punjab Kings||Chennai|
|Apr 24, Saturday||Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Rajasthan Royals||Mumbai|
|Apr 25, Sunday||Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai|
|Apr 25, Sunday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals||Delhi Capitals||Chennai|
|Apr 26, Monday||Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Kolkata Knight Riders||Ahmedabad|
|Apr 27, Tuesday||Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Ahmedabad|
|Apr 28, Wednesday||Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Chennai Super Kings||Delhi|
|Apr 29, Thursday||Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals||Mumbai Indians||Delhi|
|Apr 29, Thursday||Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Delhi Capitals||Ahmedabad|
|May 30, Sunday||Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Punjab Kings||Ahmedabad|
|May 01, Saturday||Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai Indians||Delhi|
|May 02, Sunday||Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Rajasthan Royals||Delhi|
|May 02, Sunday||Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals||Delhi Capitals||Ahmedabad|
The IPL games that were completed saw a few teams do really well. The Delhi Capitals were lead by Rishabh Pant in the absence of Shreyas Iyer due to injury and by the time the IPL stopped for postponement, they had won 6 out of their 8 games. Word is yet to be out about the status of Shreyas Iyer and whether he will be back or whether he will be leading the side or not. At the bottom of the table were Sunrisers Hyderabad who won just 1 game out of 7. They saw a change in their captaincy too with Kane Williamson taking over from David Warner. Though they are struggling, they will now have a captain who has succeeded in winning the ICC Test Championship and that is definitely going to play in their favour. They would have to figure out the way they are going to handle David Warner who was left out in the last few games and that is going to be a challenge going forward. The team combination is never a problem for Chennai Super Kings who always back the team they play. They are doing really well in the tournament after a troublesome tournament in the last edition. The mastermind at their hem MS Dhoni masterminded a turnaround brilliantly however they will be a little pensive thinking about the tournament going into the UAE where they have struggled historically. They showed that they will back their team when they backed Rituraj Gaekwad despite a few failures. He delivered and the faith that was shown in him by his captain was repaid pretty efficiently. Royal Challengers have over the years been the team that has often been trolled for their performances in the IPL found their mark brilliantly in the tournament and have managed to win 5 out of 7 games this time around and that has been quite a hope builder for their fans. This is going to make them hope for going bigger and better and finally seeing a trophy in the hands of superstar Virat Kohli. Mumbai Indians have been known to start off really slow in such tournament and it is going to be fun to watch how the gap will affect a team that usually peaks around the middle phase of the tournament. As of now they have lost 3 games but once the teams come thick and fast, you will see this team step up to the plate and be at the top of the table. The Rajasthan Royals team has not done well in close games but are still pretty much in contention and keeping in touch with the top 4. They have seen a new captain in Sanju Samson who is usually known as a maverick has been wonderful with his performances. They have also seen a new superstar emerge in the form of Chris Morris and would now also be looking at heroes from the previous season like Rahul Tewatia be involved now. They are also awaiting word on the likes of Jofra Archer and his availability in the IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders have really struggled in this tournament and have not got going in anyway under the leadership of Eoin Morgan. They will now be looking to restart with a fresh mindset once the IPL restarts. Punjab Kings had KL Rahul take them to a fresh start and some inspirational wins however they are still suffering from the inconsistencies that have plagued them. The teams were constantly dealing with an impending question throughout the last few days. The question was common for fans too. Is IPL 2021 postponed? Well, we can say it was soon because it will resume in September.
With the scheduling of the tournament almost certain and with the dates 19 September to 15th October being locked, there a scenario which the BCCI would have to potentially deal with, if the 31 games that are left in the IPL are to be played between September and October and if the rumours are true about it ending on 15th of October, there will be a situation where there is just a 3 day gap between the final IPL game and the first game of the T20 world cup which takes place on the 18th of October. There have been reports of the IPL final being played on the 10th of October instead but none of it has been confirmed
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After the recent controversy involving Ollie Robinson and his old tweets getting him into trouble, there could be trouble mounting for Kolkata Knight Riders coach Brendon McCullum and captain Eoin Morgan regarding their old tweets which can be interpreted as being derogatory. The tweets involved England cricketer Jos Butler too. Venky Mysore who heads operations for the franchise said he would adopt a no tolerance approach if there was anything derogatory found.
With IPL Phase 2 to be held in the UAE, it was earlier reported that talks were on with Sri Lanka for them to host the T20 world cup. It was later reported that the World cup will be held in UAE and Oman itself. Hosting the world cup in Sri Lanka would’ve definitely given the hosts an advantage and would have been advantageous to Asian teams due to the spinner friendly conditions. The advantage may still remain with the pitches in UAE assisting slow bowling too.
Pat Cummins is among the best bowlers right now in world cricket and has been one of the best bowlers for a while now. His test bowling credentials are unprecedented as the Indian fans found out last year but his T20 bowling can also be deadly particularly in the opening overs. Recently he revealed that he did not know who Shah Rukh Khan was. SRK is a global superstar and also the owner for KKR. He did however praise SRK after he revealed that their first meeting made him understand how big a star SRK was
Towards the end of the phase 1 of IPL 2021, we saw some possible friction between the Sunrisers team and David Warner after he was removed from captaincy and also dropped for a few games. Warner is a very popular player in the team and has been the captain who won them the trophy in 2016. However, recently Warner was seen acting in a commercial with his teammates. This will please his fans and will be expecting to play a key role in the phase 2 of the tournament
Yes, the IPL will continue after the India England series. After the IPL 2021 postponed with the COVID outbreak which saw many people in IPL testing positive in April and May, the authorities considered it better to postpone the IPL. With a busy schedule, it earlier looked unlikely for the IPL to happen however with some really smart scheduling, the authorities have been able to achieve it with the IPL taking place in UAE in September.
Yes, the IPL 2021 Will be held in Dubai. However, Dubai will not be the exclusive place where it will be held. There will be games which will be held in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah too. The Dubai ground is magnificence personified and has pitches which are conducive to batting and high run scoring. Expect some really big totals when the games are played there. The final schedule will be out soon
The first phase of IPL was held in the months of April and May of 2021 in India across 5 stadiums. The IPL 2021 September schedule will be held in the UAE as the phase 2 of IPL 2021. This will have 31 games however the schedule and the game dates haven’t been announced yet. This is going to be good for fans as they will look forward to their favourite tournament being held in September right after the India and England series.
There is no formal announcement regarding the schedule of the IPL 2021, however we do know that the second phase of the IPL is going to take place in September of 2021 in the UAE akin to its hosting in the year 2020. This will be a good opportunity for the fringe players to audition for a spot in the T20 world cup which starts soon after the IPL ends. Many injured players will also have a chance to come back and be counted in the T20 format.