It is beyond any doubt that Indian Premier League- the self proclaimed ‘India ka Tyohaar’(Festival of India) is a success story. It is a money minting tool for the organizers and participating players; at the same time, it is a dose of adrenaline and excitement to the viewers and fans. Though, marred by various controversies, from match-fixing to public brawls, somehow, IPL resurfaces every year with the same fanfare. Let us leave aside the negative aspects for today and focus on the positives it has brought.
Short-cut to glory
IPL has been a boon to less known or unknown players from different regions. One brilliant knock and a player erupts on the glorious side of fame. Sarfaraz Khan, a 17 year old teenager, hogged the limelight with a single innings of 21-ball 45. It paid off immediately with former England player David Lloyd’s tweet, urging English County teams to rope him in.
Super entertainment in 40 overs
Whether a CEO tired of enduring corporate pressure or a research scholar who has performed failed experiments throughout the day, all need something to cheer them up by dinner time. IPL takes up that perfect slot with 40 overs of non-stop entertainment. So what if rumors of pre-fixed matches prevail. Who cares! Don’t we enjoy scripted movies and plays? Moreover, the sight of cheerleaders dancing on boundaries does cheer up gloomy faces! A tired person just wants some stress buster at the end of the day. IPL succeeds in doing that.
No Infidelity issues!
IPL is great for both – fans and general viewers. We all have one or two favorite players in each team. One can enjoy sixes of Chris Gayle in spite of being a supporter of Rajasthan Royals or Chennai Super Kings. This makes IPL unique. And one can always shift sides and start cheering for the winning team. No hard luck involved and always a win-win situation for viewers like me who stays away from fanatics.
Expanse of cricket infrastructure
With the inclusion of more teams, cricket will expand beyond big cities. This will not only provide more opportunity to local lads, but also lead to development of stadium and other infrastructure needed for the expanse of cricket.
Progress of other sports
IPL has shown how money minting and sports revolution can be carried out at the same time. The success of IPL is now being emulated in other sports and games. The success of Pro-Kabaddi and Indian Super League (Football) means that the largely neglected players from sports other than cricket can also be rewarded with money and fame. Such forays into more such games will follow soon.
It is an understatement that every Indian loves cricket, for some of them its a religion and legendary cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar is called God of it. Amidst the chaos of life, we Indians will always find something to preach or prophesied about the enticing ambiguity of matches, it’s like we are born with this. We visit various cricket betting sites to get the most understanding of which matches to bet on. Many cricket tournaments have been postponed like ICC T20 World Cup.
Due to the cancellation / postponement of various cricket tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL), The Hundred and various other domestic leagues it is too early to comment on whether the tournament will start on the said fixture or will we move the T20 championship to next year.
As per a statement released by Mr. Sunil Gavaskar- “Recently India has offered a proposal to swap T20 World Cup with Australia and host it instead of postponing the game next year,”.
All these are just conjectures/speculations as nothing has yet been approved. Major board decisions will need to be taken for various international fixtures, eventually boiling down to the T20 world cup tournament itself.
Let us go down the memory lane of the T20 World Cup tournaments and its winners.
The Advent of the T20 world cup.
The T20 world cup is an international tournament that is organized by ICC after a period of every 2 years. In totality ‘six editions’ of the tournament have been played successfully so far and is by far one of the most popular tournaments apart from IPL for the newer format of cricket – 20 overs game.
The maiden edition of the T20 World Cup was played in 2007 in South Africa, and the Indian team emerged as the winner of that tournament. Because of the immense success garnered by Men’s World T20, Women’s World T20 was also introduced in the year 2009.
Short briefing regarding all the six wondrous editions of the T20 World Cup.
2007 ICC Inaugural T20 World Cup (Winner- India)
In 2007, T20 world cup made its debut with bells and whistles, as 12 teams competed for the maiden title in South Africa between 11 September to 24 September, this edition was summed up in 27 enticing matches.
The first edition of the T20 world cup received a huge appreciation from all over India. The format was so refreshing and innovative that it carved a special space in all our hearts, thus making it a colossal success. One of the most cherished moments of the match was when Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh smacked 6 sixes in an over of Stuart Broad and made a world record of making 50 in 12 balls.
In the finals, India defeated its arch rival-Pakistan in a neck to neck competition, both the teams playing at their best but at the end moment Pakistan succumbed to score the six runs they needed from the last over. Punters reading the cricket betting tips could have predicted that India is going to win this edition.
2009 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner-Pakistan)
The second edition of the T20 world cup was hosted in England, neither India nor Australia made any great impression as both of them failed to make it to semi-finals. Pakistan qualifying for the second time in the finals defeated Sri Lanka in the last match by 8 wickets and 8 balls to spare. Tillakaratne Dilshan was titled as a player of the tournament with 317 runs.
2010 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner- England)
West Indies hosted the Third Edition of the T20 world cup and it was England who claimed the title of winning T20 world cup 2010 by defeating one of the best cricket teams-Australia and Kevin Pietersen was the title as the player of the tournament. It was indeed a nail-biting match, with both the teams showcasing their best to win the trophy.
For the second consecutive time, the Indian team failed by losing all their matches in the Super 8 stage. This tournament was an enormous disappointment for the Indians.
One of the major highlights of the 2010 tournament was Ireland and Afghanistan joining and competing in the T20 world cup.
2012 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner – West Indies)
The fourth edition of the T20 World Cup was hosted in Sri Lanka and it was the first time that the tournament was played in Asia. The West Indies team defeated Sri Lanka by 36 runs and claimed the title for the first time, and also first time since the great Clive Llyod’s team in 1970’s and 1980’s.
“Ajantha Mendis” made it a memorable tournament by breaking the record for most wickets in a World T20 tournament with 15, including an incredible 6-8 against Zimbabwe.
2014 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner – Srilanka)
The fifth edition of the T20 World Cup was hosted in Bangladesh, it saw an immense change in the format as it introduced the “first-ever” 16 teams including all ten full members and six associate members who had to qualify. Nepal, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates entered this tournament. Sri Lanka defeated India in the last match to claim the title after the first time.
One of the major highlights of the tournament was the stellar performance of Sangakkara who scored 52 not out as Sri Lanka chased down 131 inside 18 overs.
The six edition of the T20 World Cup was hosted by India (the first champions of T20 world Cup) entailing all the 16 members for the second time. It was a magical moment for west indies as they fought their way back with England, thus becoming the first country to win the title for the second time.
During the match it looked like England would win as west indies required 19 runs to win, Carlos Brathwaite was the one who came for the rescue and hit Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes, thus leading west indies to make history twice.
2020 ICC T20 World Cup Australia
Australia will host the 7th edition of the T20 World Cup and it will be the first time in the history of the T20 championship that the country will host cricket’s shortest format world cup.
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Star Sports has kept fans engaged by showing the best matches in kabaddi during the lockdown season. Coming up next is PKL 7s top three raiders — Pawan Sehrawat, Pardeep Narwal and Naveen Kumar — giving fans an opportunity to witness their brilliance on the mat with a special ‘Super Raiders Week highlighting the best performances of their PKL career.
A perfect combination of strength and speed, hi-flyer Pawan Sehrawat has proved that he is the best player at Bengaluru Bulls. He has been the highest scorer in the league for the last two seasons and took his team to victory in PKL season 6. His ability of scoring quick points towards the end of the match has helped the Bulls to make numerous comebacks and win in the end. He broke the record of scoring the highest raid points in a single match by scoring 39 raid points against Haryana Steelers.
From Season 2, he has been one of the most valuable players of the league and has led Patna Pirates to three successive wins. Dubki King Pardeep Narwal has made his name as one of the best in the world of Kabaddi. He has been the best performer for his team Patna Pirates since season 3 and has been consistently scoring over 100 raid points in the past 5 seasons and is also the first player in PKL history to score 1000 raid points.
Naveen Kumar was introduced to Pro Kabaddi League in season 6 through the NYP (New Young Player) camp and he made the most of his opportunity as he ended up scoring 177 raid points in his debut season. Naveen Kumar’s pace and agility has helped him to score consistently as the defenders struggle to catch hold of him. In season 7, he scored 22 super — 10’s breaking Pardeep Narwal’s record of 19 from season 5.
Catch the best performances of these raider heroes, battling it out on the mat and scoring points for their team taking themselves to glory in the world of kabaddi. (IANS)
With the surge in popularity of the Indian Premier League, awards like the Orange and Purple Cap have also become some of the most prestigious awards in Cricket. The Purple Cap is awarded to the leading wicket-taker bowler of the season. So far, some of the most famous names in the Cricket World have won this cap – Lasith Malinga, Morne Morkel, Dwayne Bravo (2) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2) and many more. Who will join the list of such elite players this season and finish IPL 13 as the highest wicket-taker? Let us find out five such players who can win Purple Cap in IPL 2020:
PS: Household names like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar are not part of the list due to fitness concerns.
Rashid Khan has become synonymous with success in the shortest format of the game. The Afghan bowler is currently ranked first in ICC’s T20 bowlers’ rankings and has excelled in every league he has played. In the recently concluded BBL season, Rashid picked up 19 wickets playing for Adelaide Strikers.
And the leggie is more than likely to continue his great run of form with SRH in 2020. Last season Rashid picked up 17 wickets in IPL and he is a leading candidate to do even better this season and win the Purple Cap. Rashid is used to Indian pitches by now and Kane Williamson knows just how to use his lethal weapon in crucial stages of the game.
When it comes to having a good day for Mumbai Indians, a lot depends on their premium strike bowler – Jasprit Bumrah. The pacer is one of the best death bowlers in the world at the moment and when he gets his toe-crushing Yorkers right, there is not a lot a batsman can do about it.
Bumrah was Mumbai’s most successful bowler last season with 19 wickets as he helped the team to the title. The 26-year old’s ability to pick up wickets in both powerplay and death overs has been crucial for 4-times IPL Champions. But IPL 2020 will be a huge challenge for the pacer as he has failed to return to his best in the recently concluded Australia and New Zealand series. Although, with Rohit’s captainship and Malinga’s support, it shouldn’t take Boom Boom Bumrah a lot of time to get back in the groove.
Just like Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada has made a name for himself with success for his national side. The South African has every weapon in his arsenal which a pace bowler might need. Last season, Rabada led Delhi Capitals’ bowling attack and finished with 25 wickets – just one behind Purple Cap winner Imrah Tahir. So, the youngster will be itching to do one better this season and get his hands on the prize.
Rabada has picked up 31 wickets in just 18 IPLmatches he has played in his career – an impressive statistic to say the least. And although his economy rate is 8+, the South African averages just 17.94. With exceptional stats to back him, Rabada will be eager to lead Delhi’s bowling attack once again.
Last year’s Purple Cap winner Imran Tahir has retired from international cricket after South Africa’s horrible performance at the 2019 Cricket World Cup. But when it comes to bowling in IPL, Tahir, just like Rashid Khan, enjoys bowling on Indian pitches and has been very successful through the years.
Tahir has picked up 79 wickets in just 55 IPL games and at the age of 40, has continued to age like a fine wine. The leggie is still one of the most dangerous bowlers at MS Dhoni’s disposal at CSK. And in their Den at the Chidambaram Stadium, Tahir can create havoc and go for a lap of honour after every wicket.
Not a lot of 14-15 crore buys have worked for IPL teams in the past. But Pat Cummins bought for ₹15.5 croresby KKR in the recent auction, is not like most others. The Aussie is arguably the best bowler in the world right now and has been in tremendous form in the last 12 months.
Cummins will be leading KKR’s bowling attack as KKR hardly boasts another big name in the bowling department. The 26-year old has picked up 17 wickets in 16 IPL games so far but a lot has changed since then. Cummins has become the most complete bowler since his last IPL game a few years ago. The right-arm fast bowler will face a challenge of bowling on Indian pitches though, where he will have to prove his worth.