Bored in lockdown? Nothing exciting coming your way? Well, that’s about to change for the cricket fans. Gear up but inside your homes cause it’s the return of India’s favorite league – IPL. Due to the pandemic, IPL 2020 was held in UAE, but this year it is making a return to its home ground. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced IPL 2021to be held from April 9 to May 30 with the dates and the venues for the 52 matches between the 8 teams.
Let’s take a look back at last year’s tournament:
IPL 2020 got canceled around this time last year due to the corona crisis, only to take place 5 months later from 19 September to 10 November in the UAE. Vivo gave up its position as the title sponsor for the year 2020 which was then taken by MyDream11. Due to the lockdown, some additional rules were practiced which included – use of saliva to shine the ball was banned, captains weren’t allowed to shake hands after the toss, no audience in the stadium for any match and many more rules. Mumbai Indians (MI) retained their title against Delhi Capitals in the final match of the season.
Now, coming back to the present, on the verge of IPL 2021:
This year the IPL is back in India. The tournament opener will be held between Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai from 7:30 PM IST on the 9th of April. In other news, there have been a few changes that you might want to keep in mind before heading into the game – Gurkeerat Singh Mann, who played for Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in IPL 2020, is replacing Rinku Singh in Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Rinku Singh won’t play this season due to a knee injury. On the other hand, Mitchell Marsh of Sunrisers Hyderabad is replaced by England batsman Jason Roy, who was acquired for INR 2 crore and Finn Allen replaces Josh Philippe in Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB).
Some special rules have to be followed by the players this year too, to ensure everyone’s safety. The match duration has been shortened, due to recent incidents a rule of no soft signal will be practiced in the match, no player is allowed to get in contact with BCCI officials and many other additional rules are to be followed.
Given the current pandemic situation, people wouldn’t be allowed in the stadiums to see an IPL match, but fear not, there are many ways to enjoy the game while at home, through your phone. There are numerous apps on the Play store that offer a cricket live TVwhich you can use to watch a live IPL matchfrom anywhere, at any time. Even if you’re in a situation that doesn’t allow you to watch these matches, you can be updated on scores and news with the help of apps like Crickbuzz, FanCode, ESPNCricinfo, etc.