The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was postponed indefinitely connected Tuesday aft Covid-19 cases crossed aggregate franchises were reported implicit the past 2 days. The Board of Control for Cricket successful India (BCCI) announced the decision, stressing that it did not privation to compromise connected the information and well-being of players, enactment unit and different stakeholders who were progressive successful the IPL.
The BCCI connected Tuesday besides stressed that it would everything successful its powers to guarantee a harmless and unafraid instrumentality for players, enactment unit and broadcasters amid question restrictions enactment successful spot by assorted governments. India has been severely by the 2nd question of Covid-19 pandemic which has led to the healthcare strategy being pushed to the brink.
However, IPL 2021 was played crossed 4 cities successful strict bio-bubble environments. As galore arsenic 6 venues were picked by the BCCI to big the IPL. 29 matches were played from April to May 2 earlier Match 30 betwixt Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was rescheduled connected Monday. The determination from the IPL governing assembly came aft 2 KKR players tested affirmative for Covid-19.
There was uncertainty implicit Tuesday's IPL 2021 lucifer betwixt Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians but the T20 league was suspended hours up of the contention aft SRH wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha tested affirmative for Covid-19. Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra and CSK bowling manager L Balaji were the others who tested affirmative for the microorganism successful the past 48 hours.
It is improbable that the Indian Premier League 2021 volition resume anytime soon arsenic the planetary model is packed. The BCCI was reportedly looking to displacement the IPL to Mumbai by the extremity of the week aft putting teams into hard quarantine but rising Covid-19 cases successful bio-bubbles forced the cricket committee to indefinitely suspend the IPL.
How did teams execute successful IPL 2021 earlier suspension?
Delhi Capitals, who were the losing finalists from past year, were proving that they are the caller powerhouses of IPL. Despite losing skipper Shreyas Iyer to an wounded past year, Delhi looked the squad to beat. Under Rishabh Pant's captaincy, Delhi won arsenic galore arsenic 6 retired of their archetypal 8 matches. They were inching person to the play-offs berth with 12 points.
The communicative of IPL 2021 was Chennai Super Kings and their revival. While determination were doubts implicit the franchise's show aft a fearfulness tally successful the UAE past year, MS Dhoni and his men stormed backmost to highest form, winning 5 retired of 7 matches played earlier the league was suspended. CSK mislaid the past lucifer they played to Mumbai Indians but the erstwhile champions enactment connected a show, scoring much than 400 runs successful Delhi.
Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore continued their accordant tally arsenic they were sitting 3rd connected the points array with 5 wins from 7 matches. The summation of Glenn Maxwell and the commercialized of fHarshal Patel worked wonders for RCB who were looking much balanced than ever successful IPL 2021.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians were opening to deed highest signifier earlier the IPL was suspended. The defending champions did not person a large commencement but they had won their past 2 matches to clasp their spot successful the apical 4.
On the flipside, Sunrisers Hyderabad were staring astatine a last-place decorativeness aft losing 6 of their archetypal 7 matches. They went for alteration successful captaincy arsenic Kane Williamson replaced David Warner past week. However, they were struggling for immoderate benignant of momentum.
IPL 2021 Point Table (As connected May 4, 2021)
IPL 2021: The Orange Cap and Purple Cap holders
Shikhar Dhawan was successful good signifier successful IPL 2021. The Delhi Capitals opener, who had deed 2 back-to-back hundreds past year, was having the Organe Cap aft having scored 380 runs successful conscionable 8 matches. His opening spouse Prithvi Shaw was besides among the apical 4 arsenic the 2 batsmen were integral to Delhi's occurrence successful IPL 2021.
KL Rahul, who had to beryllium hospitalised with acute appendicitis past week, was among the apical 5 run-getters aft different good play with the bat contempt Punjab Kings being inconsistent with the bat. Chennai Super Kings opener Faf du Plessis, meanwhile, was among the apical 5 with 320 runs successful 7 matches and was cardinal to CSK's revival this season.
On the different hand, Harshal Patel was good up of the chasing battalion successful presumption of wickets taken successful IPL 2021. Despite leaking aplenty successful his past 2 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Harshal, who was traded from Delhi Capitals, picked up 17 wickets successful 7 matches, 3 much than his nearst rival Avesh Khan.
It was turning retired to beryllium a bully play for Indian bowling talents arsenic the likes of Harshal and Avesh (Delhi Capitals) were getting the occupation done consistently. Rahul Chahar proved his mettle, picking up 11 wickets for Mumbai Indians.
Biggest six: 105 meters: Kieron Pollard deed the biggest six of the play during his 34-ball 87 retired against Chennai Super Kings successful a last-ball thriller. The West Indies all-rounder was returning to highest signifier arsenic Mumbai Indians were looking to determination up the ladder.
Most sixes: As expected Kieron Pollard was connected apical of the database with 8 sixes tied with Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler who had his maiden T20 100 connected Sunday.
Maidens, dot balls and hat-tricks
No bowler managed to instrumentality a hat-trick successful the 29 games played successful IPL 2021. Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj were connected apical of the database of bowlers with astir dot-balls -- 76 and 74 respectively. Ishant Shara topped the database of bowlers with astir maidens -- 2.