Fans of cricket’s fastest and shortest format love to see fours and sixes, but it’s actually the bowlers that can set up T20 wins either by limiting teams to average totals or striking at crucial moments during a run-chase. TOI looks at some of those key names who can strike it rich with the ball on the tracks in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, which are expected to get slower.
Rohit Sharma’s defending champions Mumbai Indians will be locking horns with MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in what is likely to be a fittingly exciting opening showdown. The tournament, which has been shifted to the UAE due to five million plus Covid cases in India, is a ‘TV-only event’, expected to be lapped up by all and sundry who crave for cricket and Bollywood in equal measure during prime time.
Emerging Media Sporting Holding – the parent company that owns Rajasthan Royals – has proposed to the BCCI that it wishes to transact an internal sale of shares between existing stakeholders. Emerging Media has offered to buy the 13.4% stake from Kelowna Investment Ltd, a Nigeria-based company run by Indian businessman Suresh Chellaram.
In the original concept, it was a made-for-television event. And that will prove to be a good thing for the Indian Premier League (IPL), the lucrative Twenty20 cricket competition that has been delayed several months. It’s now set to be played away from home in the United Arab Emirates because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The tournament starts on Saturday, with the final to be played on Nov 10.
Despite having stars, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have finished last twice since 2017. Over the years, Kohli has come into the IPL either on the back of a demanding international assignment, or with a forthcoming series on his mind. But this season might well be a game-changer for the Indian skipper and his men.