The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that due to the ongoing situation with Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), the IPL has been rescheduled for 15 April 2020. Please note that all dates within this article will be updated by FDN Life as soon as we know more information as to the new match schedule.
The Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL 2020) is here! The cricketing world’s most successful cricket tournament of all time. Valued at some US$6.7 Billion, the IPL is probably more successful than cricket’s World Cup, especially on the Asian continent. Vivo IPL 13 is on our doorstep and due to kick off on 15 April 2020.
The IPL concept was the brainchild of Lalit Modi, founder and director of Modi Enterprises. He studied electrical engineering in the USA and picked up a suspended prison sentence for alleged drug-related infringements, as well. The IPL was officially launched in 2008, and 2020 will be the 13th edition of this tournament. The 2009 IPL was played in South Africa due to elections in India.
The tournament was not without controversy in its short history. Modi, IPL Chairman for the first three years, was found guilty in a match-fixing scandal in 2013. He was banned for life from cricket. Following another match-fixing scandal in 2015, the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals we suspended for two seasons!
The IPL grew season by season, and today it is the most popular event on the annual cricket calendar. It is also true that some players will forfeit a place in a national team and instead play in the IPL.
A total of 13 IPL teams started in the IPL tournament when the concept was first initiated. Five teams became defunct for various reasons. Current sponsors, (until 2022), are the Chinese Smartphone manufacturer ‘Vivo.’ They replaced PepsiCo.
Star India is currently holding most of the broadcasting rights and has partners in some 20 overseas territories, including the USA. They have a digital partner in Holstar as well.
IPL teams are valued between $43 million USD (Rajasthan Royals) and $113 million USD (Mumbai Indians). The IPL teams will disband on completion of the 2020 tournament to form new teams from 2021 onwards.
With most of the records being held by overseas players, one cannot help but wonder about Indian player’s performance during the IPL?
It is true that the IPL established India as the world’s leading cricketing nation and propelled India to the top of the rankings in all forms of cricket. All in all, however, though it might not seem that way from the bowling and batting records we mentioned before, Indian players are true team players, and has had a remarkable impact on the IPL:
There is no question that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is having a massive influence on cricket at all levels in India and the rest of the world. Every year, more and more people are checking in to support various teams as they take on the IPL challenge.
An all woman’s T20 tournament based on the IPL kicked off in 2018, another first in Indian Cricket! New records will be set, and new heroes will be born; the worldwide influence of the IPL cannot be calculated.
The IPL is probably as important to players as playing in the World Cup. Given a choice, a lot of cricketers are said to prefer an IPL contract rather than playing for their countries! Where are cricket records going to end? That is impossible to say
Note: All matches start at 20:00 IST, matches indicated with (#) start at 16:00 IST.
Underperforming Kings IX resides mostly toward the bottom of the log. They seriously need to improve on all levels and will rely heavily on Chris Gayle during the 2020 IPL season to get them within striking range of lifting the cup this year.
• Players to watch: Mohammed Shami, Mandeep Singh, and Chris Gayle.
• Major releases: Moises Henriques and Sam Curran.
The Sunrises' only joined in 2013 but played better than expected. They were winners in 2016 and runners up in 2018. They are looking forward to an exciting 2020.
• Players to watch: David Warner fresh from his mammoth 335 not out against Pakistan, Kane Williamson (always a classy performer), and upcoming Sandeep Sharma.
• Major releases: Martin Guptill and Yusuf Pathan.
Although suspended for two seasons, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is probably the IPL’s team with the most consistent performance. The CSK were three times winners of the IPL and made it the semi-finals no less than another six times. A lot is expected from them during the 2020 IPL season.
• Players to watch: Stalwarts Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir are like good wine; the older they get, the better they play.
• Major releases: Mohit Sharma and Sam Billings
The Rajasthan Royals won the very first IPL but managed to get suspended for two seasons after that. Their seasonal performances were rather miserable. They would do well to reach a spot in the semi-finals during the 2020 IPL season.
• Players to watch: Ben Stokes (improving every season) and Jofra Archer, who hopes to perform as well in the shorter format as in test matches. Steve Smith appears to be reaching top form, as well as young Ankit Rajpoot.
• Major releases: Liam Livingstone and Stuart Binny.
Even with stars such as AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in their midst, the Challengers are just not making the grade. They seem to be losing it altogether at critical times. Maybe 202O is their golden season. It would be long overdue!
• Players to watch: AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli with their consistent batting, and hopefully all-round performances from Moeen Ali.
• Major releases: Colin de Grandhomme, Dale Steyn (injury prone as of lately) and Heinrich Klaasen.
From a slow start in 2008, the Mumbai Indians improved every season. Their first win was in 2013, and they followed that with wins every second season. Unfortunately, the seasons they failed, they failed rather miserably. The Mumbai Indians were the champs again in 2019, and if history can be believed, they may just end up in the middle of the log this year.
• Players to watch: Jasprit Bumrah will be a stalwart again. Much is expected from Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma to change history for the Mumbai Indians.
• Major releases: Alzarri Joseph and Australian, Jason Behrndorff.
To the heroes and legends that will be born during the 2020 IPL Season – Viva Vivo IPL!
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