IPL 2021: Check 8 things which makes IPL 14 edition different from IPL 2020 – The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will get underway in April and the good news is that in all likelihood, the marquee tournament will return to India. Last year, the tournament had to be conducted in the UAE due to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions in India.
1. Return to India: The IPL Governing Council is yet to finalize the dates and the venues but in all likelihood, IPL is set to return to Indian soil after a year of absence.
2. No Home and Away: However, despite its likely return to India, the IPL 2021 will not be held in a home and away system like other editions. With COVID-19 pandemic still raging, the BCCI is looking to conduct the tournament in two to five cities.
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3. Mumbai Indians homeless: The other factor is that with Maharashtra undergoing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, Mumbai Indians may not be able to play from Wankhede Stadium. Instead, the matches could be held in cities outside Maharashtra.
IPL 2021: 10 things that make IPL 2021 different from IPL 2020
4. Kings XI Punjab renamed: After 13 years, Preity Zinta’s Kings XI Punjab will be absent from the IPL. Instead, the franchise will play in a new avatar — Punjab Kings after it was renamed ahead of the auction.
5. Most expensive player: With Chris Morris sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25 crore, the South African all-rounder became the most expensive player in the IPL history, surpassing Yuvraj Singh’s Rs 16 crore price tag. The former India all-rounder and World Cup winner was snapped up by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 16 crore in 2015.
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6. New Jersey: Each edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), IPL franchises unveils new team kits with new sponsors. Be it the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, KingsXI Punjab, each team be spotting new kits with new sponsors.
7. One last time: IPL 2021 could be the last ride for several players who are closing in on their 40s. Former India skipper MS Dhoni (CSK), Chris Gayle (Punjab Kings), Imran Tahir (CSK), Harbhajan Singh (KKR) and Ambati Rayudu (CSK) could take a call on their career after the IPL 2021.
8. Rising star: After a fantastic IPL 2020 where Karnataka youngster Devdutt Padikkal scored 473 runs for RCB in his debut season, it could be another breakout year for the 21-year-old. With three centuries and two half centuries including 97 in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, Padikkal has been in red hot form and if he shines in the IPL, Team India doors could be open for him.