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2021 Indian Premier League
IPL
Dates9 April – 2 May
19 September – 15 October 2021
Administrator(s)Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
Cricket formatTwenty20
Tournament format(s)Double Round-robin and Playoffs
Host(s)India
United Arab Emirates
Participants8
Matches60
Official websitewww.iplt20.com

2020

Teams
Chennai Super Kings
Delhi Capitals
Kolkata Knight Riders
Mumbai Indians
Punjab Kings
Rajasthan Royals
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Sunrisers Hyderabad

The 2021 Indian Premier League, also known as IPL 14 or, for sponsorship reasons, Vivo IPL 2021,[1] is the fourteenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a professional Twenty20 cricket league established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007. Mumbai Indians are the two times defending champions, having won both the 2019 and the 2020 seasons.[2][3] Ahead of the tournament, Kings XI Punjab were renamed as the Punjab Kings.[4]

On 4 May 2021, the tournament was suspended indefinitely, after a rise in COVID-19 cases within the bio bubbles of respective teams.[5][6][7][8] At the time of the suspension, 31 of the scheduled 60 matches were still left to be played.[9] On 29 May 2021, the BCCI announced that the remaining matches of the tournament would be played in the United Arab Emirates in September and October 2021.[10][11] The schedule for the remainder of the tournament was released on 25 July 2021.[12]

Background[edit]

Although earlier reports suggested the addition of two more teams in the season,[13][14][15] the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in their 89th announced that there would not be any additional team for this season and the inclusion of two new teams should happen only in 2022.[16][17]

On 30 January 2021, the BCCI announced that they were confident to host the tournament in India. They also said that the UAE wasnt being considered as a backup venue.[18] On the day of the auction, the BCCI also confirmed that Vivo had returned as the title sponsor, after pulling out from the previous tournament.[1] As of late February, the BCCI were considering to host the tournament in a few shortlisted cities, which included Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Chennai, with Mumbai as an additional option.[19]

On 7 March 2021, the BCCI announced the full schedule for the season. Six venues, including all the five shortlisted venues and the additional option Mumbai were scheduled to host matches. To avoid home advantage, no team was scheduled to play at their home venue. The season was scheduled to start from 9 April, with the final taking place on 30 May at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The BCCI also confirmed that the tournament would begin behind closed doors, and a call on letting spectators in would be taken at a later stage.[20][21] After the sudden rise in COVID cases in India, Hyderabad was also added a backup venue, though no matches were played there.[22]

After the relocation to the UAE, BCCI were looking to allow at least 50% vaccinated audience in the stadium, if permitted by the local government.[23]

Personnel changes[edit]

The released players were announced on 20 January 2021. Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell were the prominent names among the released players. Piyush Chawla, the costliest Indian player at the 2020 auction, was also released.[24]

The players auction was held on 18 February 2021 in Chennai.[25] Chris Morris was the most expensive player, purchased by the Rajasthan Royals for 16.25 crore (US$2.3 million).[26] The most expensive Indian player sold was Krishnappa Gowtham purchased by the Chennai Super Kings for 9.25 crore (US$1.3 million).[27]

COVID-19 impact[edit]

Due to the worsing COVID-19 situation in India, several players withdrew from the tournament.[28][29] After the Chennai leg of the tournament, Ravichandran Ashwin left the Delhi Capitals bubble to support [his] family during the pandemic.[30] On 3 May 2021, the scheduled match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed after two Kolkata players tested positive for COVID-19.[31] On the same day three members of the Chennai Super Kings camp – including their bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and CEO Kasi Viswanathan tested positive.[32] Later the same day, all of the Delhi Capitals team went into quarantine.[33] Similarly, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad skipped their practice sessions ahead of their match on 4 May.[34] As a result, the BCCI looked at hosting the remaining fixtures of the tournament in Mumbai.[35]

However, on 4 May 2021, the Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals match, scheduled for 5 May 2021, was also postponed due to Chennai players being in quarantine.[36] Later the same day, Hyderabads Wriddhiman Saha and Delhis Amit Mishra tested positive for COVID-19.[37][38] On 4 May, the season was suspended indefinitely.[39] On 5 May 2021, Michael Hussey, batting coach of Chennai, became the first overseas individual to test positive.[40] Later, Tim Seifert and Prasidh Krishna of the Knight Riders tested positive.[41][42]

On 6 May 2021, a group of English counties made an offer to host the remaining matches of the tournament in England in September 2021.[43] On 9 May 2021, Sourav Ganguly, president of the BCCI, ruled out the possibility of the tournament being completed in England or India, citing the difficulties around quarantine.[44] The BCCI were looking to play the remaining matches in September and October 2021,[45][46] a plan that was confirmed on 25 July 2021.[12]

Venues[edit]

India India
Delhi Ahmedabad Mumbai Chennai
Arun Jaitley Stadium Narendra Modi Stadium Wankhede Stadium M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
Capacity: 41,000 Capacity: 132,000 Capacity: 33,000 Capacity: 39,000
FerozShah Sardar Wankhede Ma

In addition, the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore were also scheduled to host matches, but their matches were relocated.[47]

United United Arab Emirates
Dubai Sharjah Abu Dhabi
Dubai International Cricket Stadium Sharjah Cricket Stadium Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 16,000 Capacity: 20,000
Dubai SharjahCricket.JPG Sheikh

Teams and standings[edit]

Points table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR
1 Delhi Capitals 8 6 2 0 12 0.547
2 Chennai Super Kings 7 5 2 0 10 1.263
3 Royal Challengers Bangalore 7 5 2 0 10 −0.171
4 Mumbai Indians 7 4 3 0 8 0.062
5 Rajasthan Royals 7 3 4 0 6 −0.190
6 Punjab Kings 8 3 5 0 6 −0.368
7 Kolkata Knight Riders 7 2 5 0 4 −0.494
8 Sunrisers Hyderabad 7 1 6 0 2 −0.623

Updated to match(es) played on 2 May 2021. Source: IPLT20.com

Match summary[edit]

League stage[edit]

The schedule for the league stages was published on the official IPL website on 7 March,[48] and the schedule of the postponed matches to be held in the UAE were released on 25 July.[12]

Matches[edit]

India[edit]

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and elected to field.

  • Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field.

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to field.
  • This was the 100th win in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders.[49]

  • Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field.

  • Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field.

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to field.

  • Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field.

  • Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to field.

  • Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat.

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and elected to bat.

  • Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field.

  • Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field.

  • Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat.

  • Punjab Kings won the toss and elected to bat.

  • Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field.


  • Punjab Kings won the toss and elected to field.

  • Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field.

  • Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Harshal Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore) bowled the most expensive over in an IPL match, conceding 37 runs.[51]

  • Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Super Over: Sunrisers Hyderabad 7/0 (1 over), Delhi Capitals 8/0 (1 over)

  • Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field.

  • Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field.
  • AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore) became the sixth player, and the second overseas, to score 5,000 runs in the IPL.[52]

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bat.
  • David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) became the fourth player to score 10,000 runs in T20s.[53]

  • Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to field.

  • Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field.

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and elected to field.

  • Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to field.

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to field.

  • Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field.

UAE[edit]



























Playoffs[edit]

Preliminary Final
  15 October — Dubai
10 October — Dubai
1    
2        
     
 
13 October — Sharjah
   
   
 
11 October — Sharjah
3    
4    
 

Preliminary[edit]

Qualifier 1

Eliminator

Qualifier 2

Final[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Most runs[edit]

As of 2 May 2021
Player Team Mat Inns Runs Ave SR HS 100 50 4s 6s
India Shikhar Dhawan Delhi Capitals 8 8 380 54.28 134.27 92 0 3 43 8
India KL Rahul Punjab Kings 7 7 331 66.20 136.21 91* 0 4 27 16
South Faf du Plessis Chennai Super Kings 7 7 320 64.00 145.45 95* 0 4 29 13
India Prithvi Shaw Delhi Capitals 8 8 308 38.50 166.48 82 0 3 37 12
India Sanju Samson Rajasthan Royals 7 7 277 46.16 145.78 119 1 0 26 11
Source: IPLT20.com

Most wickets[edit]

As of 2 May 2021
Player Team Mat Inns Wkts BBI Avg Econ SR 4w 5w
India Harshal Patel Royal Challengers Bangalore 7 7 17 5/27 14.70 9.03 9.76 0 1
India Avesh Khan Delhi Capitals 8 8 14 3/32 16.50 7.7 12.85 0 0
South Chris Morris Rajasthan Royals 7 7 14 4/23 16.00 8.61 11.14 1 0
India Rahul Chahar Mumbai Indians 7 7 11 4/27 18.36 7.21 15.27 1 0
Afghanistan Rashid Khan Sunrisers Hyderabad 7 7 10 3/36 17.20 6.14 16.80 0 0
Source: IPLT20.com

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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