The situation with COVID-19 in India is deteriorating with each passing day. Numerous players and support staff have also tested positive for the virus, although teams have been placed in bio-protective balloons and all possible precautions have been taken. Unlike the previous edition, most players have already spent enough time in the scary bubble that has had a mental and emotional impact on the players. Despite adversity, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League will return to the screens on April 9, when defending champion Indians Mumbai take over They grow kohliRoyal Challengers in Bangalore.
The IPL will return to Indian soil in two years, as the entire tournament was organized in the United Arab Emirates in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The situation with COVID in the country is significantly worse than in comparison, but BCCI is already armed with the attempt to deal with the threat of COVID-19 to host domestic and international cricket in various cities.
However, this does not necessarily mean that the biosecurity bubble is impermeable. There are growing fears that the balloon may have burst when Miran’s spy Kieran Moore, who appears to have been inside the balloon, tested positive for the virus afterwards. Currently, 36 people associated with the tournament have tested COVID positively. This prompted BCCI to take more stringent action, and according to an Indian Express report, the board asked the center to allow special check-in counters at airports for franchises.
Much more is at stake this year – not only for the tournament, but also for BCCI and ICC, as India is due to host the T20 World Cup later this year. The trouble-free season of IPL will make the world a benefit for all stakeholders and the organizers know that it will be a challenge.
Well, this is the main briefing on the operational aspect of the tournament. Let’s talk cricket.
The 2021 edition sees small changes in each franchise that seeks to strengthen its teams with new additions to this year’s transfer window, as well as the auction in February. The main focus, however, is the tendency of young people to take on leadership roles.
Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals entrusted their batsmen – Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson respectively the captaincy for the upcoming season. The latter may be a forced change (Shryas Ayer’s shoulder injury rejected it), but one can feel the thought process behind the decision. Pant is the best Indian cricket in the last four months; and he may have been the best.
With the two youngsters joining the list, this season he will see at least three captains at the door – Pant, Mahendra Singh Doni (Chennai Super Kings) and KL Rahul (Punjabi Kings). C Joss Butler keeping the gates for the Pianos, Samson is unlikely to take on the role.
For the first time in India, IPL franchises will be deprived of home benefits. Instead, the tournament will follow a caravan schedule: each franchise will play a set of matches in one place before moving its base to another. It is understandable that the tweak in the schedule is due to the pandemic, which does not allow free movement of teams.
The playoff phase will be played entirely in Ahmedabad, which remains a neutral venue.
One eye on the T20 World Cup
This year’s IPL had added significance due to an international event in India later this year. Many players have already stated the importance of all this, and the eyes will be focused on the Indians who want a place in the World Cup team.
The previous edition of the IPL revealed Indian talents such as T Natarajan, Rahul Tewatia and Varun Chakravarthy, who were selected as international restricted teams (Chakravarthy was later excluded due to fitness problems). The duo of Mumbai Indians Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan were awarded for their consistent performances during the season.
However, load management can be a potential problem for players who have had injury problems in the recent past. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar kumar he has recently made a strong comeback to the Indian teams with limited staff and will remain careful not to strain his body outside the tournament. The same goes for other international stars like David Warner (SRH), Hardik Pandya,, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit bumrah (Mumbai Indians), Mohamed Shami (Punjabi kings) and Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai Super Kings), among others.