Today we bring you the interesting facts about IPL. Indian Premier League- one of the biggest cricketing extravaganza on the planet is In its 13th year this time. Although the Global Coronavirus Pandemic has somewhat diminished the sheen and the popularity and gala celebration that one can associate with this tournament, it has not deterred cricket lovers from watching the tournament and gulping every bit of the action with even more interest.
Interesting Facts about IPL
Since they have not been able to throng the stadiums in numbers with the games taking place outside India, in UAE, and crowds not being allowed into the stadiums. With almost 4 months of absence of any form of cricket, there was a void that needed to be filled quite desperately. That void has now been filled with the ongoing games in the Indian Premier League 2020. We discuss the interesting facts about IPL. Following are a few things that make this IPL the biggest T20 cricket tournament across the globe-
Legends in their prime playing together
IPL has gifted us memories that would remain etched in our minds for eternity. We have seen some of the greatest cricketers that have ever played the sport, some of them who have had fierce international and legendary rivalries over the years become teammates and have the most incredible partnerships of them all.
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It is only in IPL when we saw Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar, two of the greatest ever to have played limited-overs cricket open for Mumbai Indians. That for many remains the most defining image of cricket in general in the last quarter of a century. The swashbuckling opener from Sri Lanka and the Indian Master Blaster were the two biggest architects of limited-overs cricket in their respective careers. Master Stroke-players were among the interesting facts about IPL.
To see them bat together was like ticking an item off the bucket list of any cricket lover. We could now see two of the greatest batsmen in modern-day cricket, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Two of the finest in contemporary game batting together and breaking one partnership record after another is a sight to behold for a cricket lover. Their camaraderie is among the most interesting facts about IPL.
Legendary Captains and Rivals in the same team
We have seen some epic combinations over the years in the IPL. Some of the fiercest rivals in their respective playing days have been sharing the same dressing room of a franchise. The most prominent case that could be sighted in this regard is that of Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting, two of the most legendary, controversial, and polarizing figures in the history of World Cricket. Dada was never one to back down from a challenge in his playing career and his comeback stories have become part of cricketing folklore.
On the other hand, no one could match Punter in his ultra-competitive and never say die attitude on the field, a reason why he is hailed as the greatest batsman Australia has ever produced after Sir Donald Bradman. Both of them are considered to be the two greatest captains and feature among the all-time list on every Wisden cricketing list.
Both these legends shared the same dressing room for Kolkata Knight Riders in their playing days and later as consultants to the team Delhi Capitals. The fierce rivalry, however, turned into banter and frolic as the duo were always seen having a great time together, completely contrary to their playing days. Among the most interesting facts about IPL.
Age is just a number
Finally and most importantly what IPL has proved is that age is just a number. If one has the talent and skill to back his ability, the opportunities even at the fag end of one’s cricketing career are limitless. This statement was proved by one Praveen Tambe, a 41-year-old leg spinner picked up by Rajasthan Royals who went on to become a sensation for them in the tournament emerging as one of the highest wicket-takers. Among the most interesting facts about IPL.
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Even now when we see a certain 40-year-old Indian Captain, a man who has achieved everything there is left to achieve in the field of sport as a captain and a player, a player who has been rated by many as the greatest limited-overs captain of all time and the game’s greatest ever finisher along with Michael Bevan, a certain Mahendra Singh Dhoni inspires generations of cricketers. That is what IPL is all about. Passion.
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