Abu Dhabi: Amid the fear of the Corona virus epidemic, the Indian Premier League (IPL) will start today to bring smiles on the faces of cricket fans around the world, once again with the calm attitude of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni), Virat Kohli (Virat Kohli) Everyone’s eyes will be on the aggressiveness and captaincy of Rohit Sharma. Defending champion Rohit’s Mumbai Indians will face Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the first match.
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Due to increasing cases of Corona virus epidemic in India, the tournament is being played in the UAE and there will be no spectators in the field. In difficult circumstances, this IPL will be special for the viewers who are craving for cinema and cricket and also for the players.
– Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 18, 2020
In a situation where social distance and health protocols have become part of the routine, the next 53 days IPL teams including Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings, Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rohit’s Mumbai Indians, KL Rahul’s Kings XI Punjab and Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals Will be named.
IPL has also been organized abroad before, but this time the cricketer event of millions of dollars will be held in an organic safe environment for the first time. There will be no applause at the deafening sixes of Chris Gayle and David Warner, nor will there be any noise in the super over. Despite this there is no complaint because at least you will get to see the game.
– Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) September 18, 2020
On paper, the Mumbai team is seen to be the strongest, with Rohit apart from Hardik and Krunal Pandya, Kirron Pollard and ‘King of Death overs’ bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Although the Chennai team may be called the ‘army of elders’, but this team has proved that success and skill are not a sign of age. Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessy and Ravindra Jadeja have given their 100 per cent to this team and will also give this time.
Kohli’s achievements come from the lack of IPL titles which he would like to complete. The team looks strong in the presence of Aaron Finch, Chris Maurice and Devadatta Padikkal. Delhi Capitals gained momentum last year and they have a great captain like Iyer, talented batsmen like Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant. Along with this, experienced bowler like Ravichandran Ashwin is in the team.
Rahul’s good performance of Punjab team may in future include Rahul in the squad of potential captains of Indian team. It has to be seen how he handles star players like Glenn Maxwell, Gayle and Mohammed Shami. SunRisers Hyderabad will again try to reach the final and their captain David Warner specializes in the fun of winning matches. He has Johnny Bairstow’s aggression, Kane Williamson’s ‘coolness’ and Rashid Khan’s wrist magic.
When some part of IPL was played in UAE in 2014, Kolkata Knight Riders won the title. If Ben Stokes is the world’s best all-rounder, then Andre Russell is the most aggressive batsman. He proved this by hitting 52 sixes last season. Under 19 World Cup stars Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagerkoti will add youth to the team, while the experienced captain in the form of Eoin Morgan has the team.
The hopes of Rajasthan Royals will be on foreign players Jose Butler, Steve Smith and Joffra Archer. Stokes is in New Zealand to take care of his ailing father and his playing is questionable. But on Friday, he was seen doing net practice in his city. In the first match, Mumbai has an upper hand. Rohit, Quinton Dickock, Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishaan Kishan, Pandya brothers, Kirron Pollard give the batting strength. Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter Nile are also in the team.
There has not been much change in Chennai team in all these years. Suresh Raina is not Dhoni’s most reliable warlord this time. Rituraj Gaikwad is also not present in his place, who has been Corona positive at least 5 times. But Chennai have match winners like Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja and Bravo. Michel Santner and Lungi Angidi are also available for selection.