IPL, (Indian Premiere League) the most celebrated and decorated cricket tournament in the world. Players from all corners of the globe wait for this moment, where they can showcase their skill and ability, and entertain the sports lover. IPL is truly a gift to the world by the sports loving nation India.
IPL is a hope for young players not only of India but also the rest of the world. Since it’s origin in 2008, it has made many players, while shattered the dreams of few. The confidence and the believe that the current Indian team possess is a gift of the IPL. Cricketers are free to express themselves and enjoy their game which inorder brings the best out of them.
The likes of Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal and many more came into notice after their commendable performances in IPL. It gives a life time opportunity for a young player to share dressing room with the pioneers of the game like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and learn from them as much they can.
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After Eid, Diwali and Christmas it is the fourth biggest festival in India. The tournament binds the country together working towards a same goal, that is betterment of the cricket. The competition and rivalry between the states is something worth watching. The best of friends becomes the fierce rival during these 3 months. Here the fans are divided, but with each passing year the love for the game keeps adding on.
As IPL is set to kick off today, Defending Champion Mumbai Indians will take on the mighty Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi. The buzz is high, fans are ready and the world is set to witness the historic return IPL. During these unprecedented times, when there is sense of fear and tense all around, the fans should definitely thank BCCI (Board Of Control For Cricket In India), IPL Governing Council, Franchises, Players, UAE Government and all the stakeholders for making this possible. This definitely deserves a salute, but here we will look at 5 things the fans will look out in this season:
The Return of Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
This is surely one of the biggest attraction of this year’s IPL. Mahendra Singh Dhoni after retiring from International Cricket will mark his return on the field again after 436 days. This is surely a historic day, the contribution of Mahendra Singh Dhoni towards World Cricket can’t be expressed through words. For all Dhoni fans, it’s a matter of pride and satisfaction that they will see their Thala back on field hitting those humongous sixes and finishing the game in his own style.
However there are few concerns that the CSK captain needs to solve soon. However when Mahi is there, why to worry!. Will CSK be able the lift the trophy for the fourth time ?
How to compensate the void of fans i and loud cheers in the stadium ?
The most disturbing factor of this year’s IPL is absence of fans and loud cheers in the stadium. Where IPL stands today is just because of its fans, without fans there will be certainly a missing element in the tournament. But it would be interesting to see, how well the players adopt to playing in these condition specially the Indian players. The fans bring a complete new flavour and a positive energy into the stadium. With every shot, the loud cheers helps player to gain their confidence. The energy on the field and pro activeness among the players is because of the fans.
However in CPL you have seen how dummies and artificial sound have been used to fill up the void. In the initial phase of the tournament, it would be difficult for players to get into the field and see empty stand but with each passing game, the players will be accustomed to play.
An opportunity for Young Guns:
This is a big time opportunity for Young players like Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shubhman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Nitish Rana, Sanju Samson Shivam Mavi and many more to come into selectors notice and cement their place in the Indian National Team. This can be a change of fortune for them. When the youngsters will step up on big occasion and make their team win, that’s when they will be able to knock the door of Indian Team.
With 3 World Cups in the next 3 years, selectors and the captain will be eyeing on young players and would like to invest on them. If the players are able to grab the opportunity and maximize it, then there is no stopping for them.