Unprecedented times warrant unprecedented decisions. Due to the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended. The likes of Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, Amit Mishra, and Wridhimann Saha were infected with Covid-19, and as a result, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had no option but to postpone the tournament.
But then, we witnessed some riveting cricketing action in the tournament. There were scintillating run chases (Mumbai Indians chasing 219 against Chennai Super Kings), and sensational collapses (Punjab Kings could manage to score just 106/8 against CSK) as well.
And, at the time of suspension of the tournament, the Delhi Capitals (DC) side is occupying the top place in the IPL points table. There were also some ‘first-time’ events that took place in the 14th edition of the IPL. In this article, let us take a look at 3 such events.
3. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) occupies the last place in the points table
Since their entry into the IPL in the year 2013, the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) side has been one of the most consistent teams in the tournament. Out of the 8 seasons that they have participated in the IPL (excluding 2021) they have reached the playoffs on 6 occasions, have finished as the runners-up once, and even won the IPL title in the year 2016.
But then, in the 2021 edition of the IPL, the ‘Orange Army’ looked totally clueless. The side could manage to win just one match out of the 7 that they played and occupied the last place in the points table at the time of suspension.
And, this is the first time that the SRH side is occupying the last place in the points table. The worst finish that the SRH side endured prior to the 2021 IPL edition was in 2014 and 2015, where they finished at the 6th place.
2. A Delhi Capitals’ (DC) player tops the Orange Cap list
In the 13 completed editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a Delhi Capitals’ batsman has never managed to emerge as the leading run-scorer in the IPL and has never managed to win the coveted Orange Cap award.
But then, in the 2021 IPL edition, Shikhar Dhawan set the IPL alight with his magnificent run with the willow, and is currently the holder of the Orange Cap, at the time of suspension. Dhawan has blasted 380 runs in the 2021 IPL season and has scored his runs at an average of 54.29 and a strike rate of 134.28.
In the 8 innings that he has played in IPL 2021, the veteran batsman has also scored 3 fifties as well. Shikhar Dhawan is a legend of IPL cricket and is the 2nd highest run-scorer in the tournament. The 35-year-old has plundered 5577 runs in his IPL career and has scored them at an average of 35.29.
1. A Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player tops the Purple Cap list
Surely, an RCB bowler topping the Purple Cap charts is like a Utopian scenario. Even though the Bangalore side has always been blessed with some heavyweights in their batting department year after year, including the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, their bowling attack was always considered their weak link.
But then, in the 2021 edition of the IPL, Harshal Patel emerged as the star performer with the ball. The right-arm pacer scalped 17 wickets and took them at an average of 15.12. Patel even scalped a five-wicket haul as well and is the current holder of the Purple Cap.
And surely, Patel’s excellent performance with the ball in hand played a key role in the Virat Kohli led side winning 5 out of the 7 matches that they have played (at the time of suspension) and occupying the 3rd place in the points table.
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