Let us all first remember that it’s better late than never!
And so is the much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL T20), the richest and most glamorous sports bonanza in the country.
The event has finally arrived and the world could have heard the cricket fans sigh in relief.
IPL usually starts in March but due to the coronavirus pandemic hitting the world where it hurts the most, the tournament was postponed with other sports events.
But now IPL has begun and like always everyone is watching the match more dedicatedly than ever before.
What’s New in IPL 2020?
This year, there will be no audience gyrating behind the rills and no cheerleaders propelling the adrenaline and anxiety of the crowd.
IPL T20 is now being held in UAE and all 8 teams landed in the country a few days back and were held in highly secure bio-bubbles to ensure no breeding ground for the virus.
With about 20000 corona tests held and BCCI health protocols, the world will witness a new dimension in the IPL 2020 schedule.
Not only this, you might have seen some new and young faces in the cricket field. Let’s find out more about them in a bit more detail.
IPL T20 New Players
The star player of the under 19 world cup held in South Africa in February is now set to break bars and induce buzz in the IPL 2020 by making his debut for Rajasthan Royals.
Jaiswal has got everyone encapsulated in his trance by the outstanding performance in the under 19 world cup and scores like 88, 105 not out, 62, 57 not out, 29 not out, and 57.
He was also appreciated by his idol and the legend himself, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar.
It will be edgy to look out on his wonders in the IPL 2020 matches.
Bishnoi has already gained the glamour many sportsmen still yearn for.
After being entitled to the “spin wizard” by the cricketer, Aakash Chopra, he will now make his IPL debut for Kings XI Punjab.
He emerged out to be a gem in the under 19 world cup by bagging 17 wickets.
The team might have lost to Bangladesh in the finale, but Ravi Bishnoi is now on the radar of all cricket enthusiasts.
Garg, the captain of the under 19 world cup has won hearts by his tactical and rational decisions during the tournament.
His scores do not justify his talent entirely but his skills and experience surely do.
He had already inked his name on everyone’s mind by his double hundred scores in the first-class debut for UP.
After phenomenal captaincy, he has now ventured into his IPL journey through Sunrisers Hyderabad.
It will be a delight to witness Garg’s skills in IPL T20 this year.
The under 19 world cup witnessed Kartik Tyagi’s ability to swing the ball both ways in a decent way.
His spunk of juggling with the batsmen mind has got him into Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2020.
The 13 wickets he picked on in an average of 13.90 have got everyone’s eyes on his upcoming performances of IPL T20.
Fantasy League IPL T20
The IPL T20 Fantasy League has emerged out to be one of the most renowned and responsive virtual games related to IPL.
In the IPL T20 Fantasy as well, participants will make their team and compete with other teams under certain rules and guidelines.
Participants use the virtual currency to form teams and in the end, the winning team is awarded real prizes and money rewards.
If you are wondering how to play IPL Fantasy League 2020, then you simply have to register on the official Fantasy Page.
IPL T20 Team Analysis
CSK (Chennai Super Kings)
Chennai Super Kings can easily be entitled as one of the most fluctuated yet oriented teams in the IPL.
Let it be the two-year suspension or matters with Virat Kohli, the team has seen enough on-field and off-field drama to go through more of it.
And a major reason why CSK still stands strong is due to one of the best team leadership Indian cricketers have ever witnessed, with former Indian Cricket Team Captain, Mr. MS Dhoni.
From exciting endings to downright stumpings, Dhoni handles it all.
In IPL 2020 as well, taking advantage of the fields of UAE, the team will keep spinners like Imran Tahir, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Sai Kishore, and Mitchell Santner on the brunt.
Bowlers like Dwayne Bravo also pop up to set fields on fire with his suitable bowling.
This year CSK will also have to juggle with the lead combinations of the team as the absence of Suresh Raina has already weakened the strings of on-brunt players.
Will Dhoni again handle the team single handedly like in IPL 2019 or players like Sam Curran will buckle up at the team?
In IPL T20, the CSK fans and team as well might rely on Dhoni’s impeccable batting and their spin strength.
It will be nerve-wracking and exciting to see if players like Sam Curran, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu will be able to cover up for the team this time.
RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Royal Challengers Bangalore thrives on their unparalleled unit of batting.
With Virat Kohli, de Villiers, and others, the team has turned out to be one of the most erratic ones in IPL.
And now that Aaron Finch has been added up, their strength and power are propelled.
The last season witnessed players like Moeen Ali and Shivam Dube sprinkling magic on the field.
But the IPL highlights of last season were also their reminder of adding top-notch bowlers on the brunt.
RCB is also known for negligence and it will be enthralling to see if the bowlers of the team have buckled up for IPL 2020 or not.
This season, we can predict that they are likely to withhold their maiden title if they step up on some prerequisite factors.
If their bowlers brush up well, the season might be inked in their name.
Let’s see if Yuzvendra Chahal continues to be the highest wicket-taker and other players like Devdutt Padikkal and Villiers bring royals again.
KXIP (Kings XI Punjab)
Kings XI Punjab has been knocking down teams with the infusion of skills held by Chris Gayle and KL Rahul.
Not only them, Nicholas Pooran and Mayank Agarwal are also potential candidates to lead.
The big-hitter and game-changer Glenn Maxwell has also been setting firecrackers on the field with his performances.
Last season, KXIP won 6 matches and lost 8. The lack of a supporting cast can be included as one of the reasons for the team’s unexpected performance.
This year, we await newcomers to hit the bat and bring some spice to the team.
Irrespective of the team being in the knockout, the strings of the team are now in the hands of the young IPL 2020 players.
And where experience lacks, so does the probability of a win.
What’s your take on this IPL 2020 match? Share your views in the comment section.