This is the thirteenth year of the IPL and due to the unprecedented times we live in the event was moved to Dubai to play in a bio secure bubble across three venues Dubai , Abu Dhabi and Sharjah from September 19th to November 10th.
As of October 8th, twenty one matches have taken place where Mumbai Indians & Delhi Capitals lead the ladder with four wins each with the latter having currently played one game less.
Indian Premier League, 2020
19 September – 10 November
|KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS||5||3||2||6||+0.002|
|ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE||5||3||2||6||-1.355|
|CHENNAI SUPER KINGS||6||2||4||4||-0.371|
|KINGS X1 PUNJAB||6||1||5||2||-0.431|
The viewing figures for the first of week of the tournament have broken all previous records where 87million households and over 270million people have tuned in.
There has been some fantastic cricket so far including two tied matches that were decided via a Super Over.
The big money players have shown glimpses Rohit Sharma and Quentin De Kock have been superb at the top of the order for Mumbai Indians giving license to the likes of Pollard , Pandya and Krunal in the middle order while the bowling has been solid with the experience of Bumrah and Boult.
Delhi Capitals currently look the team to beat with an all Indian top four of Shaw, Dhawan, Pant and Shreyas Iyer supported by Marcus Stoinis and the twin SA seam attack of Rabada and Nortje.
Some of the auction big boys are yet to make huge impact early like the 3m dollar man Pat Cummins for KKR who this season became the highest franchise signing superseding Ben Stokes of previous seasons.
Cummins has only taken two wickets in four matches for KKR and his economy rate in over 9 an over.
The show pony team of RCB have started far better than 2019 when they lost their opening six fixtures although their seam bowling options look a little bare as Dale Steyn is not the bowler of old.
But the story of this IPL so far must be about the amount of superb Indian talent coming through.
The IPL franchise has improved the sport as a global spectacle over the last decade and the next generation production line is not just knocking on the door its taking the sport to another level with zero fear of failure.
India’s U 19 World Cup winning team of 2018 was captained by Prithvi Shaw he has gone on to play for the national team in all three facets and has already made his stamp in this seasons IPL scoring 179 runs at a strike rate of 147.93 opening the batting for the strongly fancied Delhi Capitals.
Vice-captain of the afore mentioned U19 team was Shubman Gill who opens the batting for the Koltata Knight Riders has already scored a superb 70 not out anchoring a winning chase against the Sunrisers in Match 8.
Others in the class of 2018 were Shivam Mavi and Kamalesh Nagarkoti who are part of the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling attack and Abhishek Sharma who starred in a superb partnership with Priyam Garg of 77 in seven overs after their team the Sunrisers Hyderabad had lost their three top international batting stars Bairstow Warner and Williamson , the latter in an unfortunate run out mix up.
Priyam Garg is only nineteen and was part of the India U19 team which played in the World Cup of 2020 in Bangladesh in that squad was Kartik Tyagi who is part of the Rajasthan Royals bowling attack with Jofra Archer.
Also throw in nineteen-year-old leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi who was top wicket taker in the U19 World Cup and now under the tutelage of leg spin legend Anil Kumble is a regular for the Kings X1 Punjab team .Also add opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal who still at only twenty years of age holds down a place in a Royal Challengers Bangalore side which includes the likes of Virat Kohli , AB De Villiers and Aaron Finch.
The likelihood is that other youngsters including Yash Jaiswal an eighteen year old batsman for the Rajasthan Royals will get their chances before the tournament is over as some sides rotate to keep their stars for the knock out stages of the competition which completes with the final in Dubai in November.
The abundance of Indian young cricketing talent is being blooded in the best quality franchise event in the sport. Sharing dressing rooms and being nurtured early by the best players and coaches there are plenty of candidates to become the next Rohit Sharma , Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni.