The unfortunate news hit the internet, and we had the latest victim of the corona virus; the Indian Premier League. Fans everywhere in the world, especially here in India, rejoiced the fact that in the face of such global turmoil, at least we all got to tune into the TV every evening and enjoy some high-action cricket to take our minds off the carnage. Unfortunately, after two KKR players and CSK bowling coach Lakshmipaty Balaji got tested positive for the virus, the show had to come to a halt.
We don’t know if and when this season will resume, but regardless of that we still had some good games and breathtaking moments from this season in the short term it got so far. Let’s take a look at the top moments from Vivo IPL 2021!
1. Best All-Round Performance of ALL TIME
Ravindra Jadeja is possibly the most talented and fearsome all-rounder in world cricket right now, right next to Ben Stokes. Match 19 of the latest IPL is a great example of exactly why he’s so highly rated. In the match against RCB, Jaddu came in at a time when CSK seemed like they messed up what could’ve been a great first innings. But his 62 of 28 completely changed the momentum and shoved the game again in CSK’s favor.
In the last over of the inning, he bashed 37 runs off Harshal Patel’s 7-ball over (for context, this 1 run more than possible in a legal over)! He wasn’t done there. In the second innings, he made a mockery out of the 2 best batsmen RCB has as he clean bowled Maxwell and De Villiers. Picking up Washington Sundar, bringing his tally to 3 wickets for 13 runs, and a majestic direct hit to get rid of Dan Christian, completed what is undoubtedly the best all-round performance in the tournament, ever.
2. Sanju Misses Out on a Perfect Finish
Rajasthan Royals’ new captain Sanju Samson has had 2 centuries before this one, but none as exciting as what turned out to be an almost successful chase. Last year, Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals put up a grand show when RR chased down the highest total in IPL history. This year, they came VERY close to repeating that same feat. Sanju’s 119 of 54 balls went vain as he got caught in the last over, and RR fell short by 4 runs.
3. El Classico Supreme!
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are inarguably two of the biggest T20 franchises in the world. Their matchups are keenly watched by millions every year, and the matches are compared to and also casually nicknamed El Classico, like Real Madrid and Barcelona fixtures which draw just as much excitement. This year’s only fixture saw MI chase down a mammoth 218 by CSK. That is the interesting part. It happened after MI were struggling near the half way mark, all thanks to some calypso power hitting by Keiron Pollard who took them home with his unbeaten 87 off 34 balls.
4. Most Bizarre Second Innings Ever?
Match 15 of this year’s Vivo IPL saw one of the most edge-of-your-seat finishes to a match this season. CSK is involved again, but this time they managed to still win a game which they supposed to anyway, but with much more comfort. The thing that makes this game super memorable is the fact that chasing 221 runs, KKR were 45/5 after the powerplay. This is a situation from where ideally there is no coming back. Even Andre Russell alone couldn’t have been expected to pull this off for KKR. But he almost did! Before receiving an unplayable leg-stump line delivery from Sam Curran, he had already amassed 54 from 22 balls, with 6 massive hits.
His and Dinesh Karthik’s partnership made it seem like a miracle could’ve happened that day. But then they both got out, with nobody left taking the responsibility, or so we thought! Pat Cummins completely out of nowhere changed the complexion of the game with his 34 ball 66, with one over of Sam Curran that went for 30 runs. Unfortunately, lack of partners caught up with him, and he failed to get his team across the line, but we the fans, got treated to a classic nail-biter!