The second round of IPL 2021 will start on September 19 in the UAE. Previously, the first stage of the season took place in India and stopped due to several cases of COVID-19 in the tournament bubble.
This will be the second time in a row that the IPL takes place in the Middle East. Last year, India was unable to organize a T20 league tournament because of the dangerous COVID-19 situation. The entire season went to the UAE then.
However, the IPL 2020 had great success despite the format behind the closed door.
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The champions of IPL 2020 were Mumbai Indians (MI). They won the title for the fifth time in the IPL and made it a streak of two consecutive IPL titles. Moreover, Rohit Sharma’s team left no chance for the first-time finalist Delhi Capitals (DC) in the final of the IPL 2020 season.
Starring bowlers from IPL 2020
It is worth recalling the players who distinguished themselves last season before the battle for the IPL 2021 title continues.
#5 Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
The Afgan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has shown outstanding performance every season since his IPL debut in 2017. He has consistently taken 17 or more wickets in every IPL season from 2017 to 2020.
Specifically, the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler had a brilliant economy rate of 5.37 and a strike rate of 19.20 in the last season. He also picked up 20 wickets in 16 matches.
Rashid has many tricks in his arsenal to keep his opponents from chasing him. The experienced leg-spinner has been playing in the IPL for several years now. Although, he is still causing problems to rivals with his guile.
The player scored 3 for 12 in a match against Punjab Kings and helped the Sunrisers make a comeback against Delhi Capitals with his 3 for 7.
Rashid Khan also has had an impressive performance, with an economy rate of just over six and a strike rate of 16.80 with 10 wickets bowled in ten matches in the first half of IPL 2021.
#4 Anrich Nortje (Delhi Capitals)
His result was the main reason for the Delhi Capitals team reaching the final last IPL season. The South African player made the fastest pitch in IPL history and surpassed the previous T20 league record.
Nortje was the fastest player in the league and had an excellent performance in games. He picked up 22 wickets in 16 games at odds of 16.63, replacing Chris Woakes.
The speedster’s economy rate was slightly higher in the IPL 2020, but he claimed critical wickets at crucial games. The battle between Jos Buttler of the Rajasthan Royals and Anrich Nortje was a memorable moment of the edition.
Because of the quarantine, the South African had to miss all of DC’s matches in the first half of IPL 2021.
Avesh Khan used this opportunity to keep Northier out of the Indian stage of IPL 2021 during the confusion over Northier’s COVID-19 reports.
#3 Trent Boult (Mumbai Indians)
MI benefited a lot from their experienced left-arm pacer from Kiwi last season. He helped his team defend the IPL title with a strike rate of 13.76 and picked up 25 wickets in 15 IPL matches.
Boult’s economy was close to eight. However, that didn’t stop him from hitting key shots for his franchise throughout last season.
The best result of 4 for 18 for Trent Boult was during the match against CSK. He showed fast bowling while assisting Mumbai Indians to smash CSK by 10 wickets.
The pacer was also the man of the match in the final of IPL 2020. There were 3 for 30 by the end of the game, and getting Marcus Stoinis with first-ball.
His deadly yorkers let MI win in some difficult matches of IPL 2021. Moreover, Boult had a strike rate of a little under 20 and hit eight wickets in seven games in the first half of IPL 2021.
#2 Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Capitals)
The Purple Cap came to the South African pacer of Delphi Capitals in IPL 2020. He scored 30 wickets in 17 matches for DC at a strike rate of 13.13 and an economy rate of 8.34.
Kagiso Radaba made a fabulous pairing with Nortje in 2020. He used deadly bouncers and yorkers from his arsenal, leaving his opponents no chance.
Rabada’s best score (4 for 24) in IPL 2020 came against RCB when he eliminated Virat Kohli. He also distinguished himself with a score of 4 for 29 in Test match 2 against SRH. DC defended their target of 190 points and advanced to their first IPL final thanks to that match.
In most IPL 2021 matches, Radaba showed unstable play, taking only 8 wickets in 7 games at a strike rate of about 20. Hopefully, Rabada will seek to recapture the momentum in the second half of the UAE game.
#1 Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)
Jasprit Bumrah became the top MI player in IPL 2020, which has happened many times before. He competed in the Purple Cup race against a teammate from Mumbai Indians, Kagiso Rabada. Although he did not win the title, another IPL title awaited him.
Bumrah’s career-best score of 4 for 14 was seen in last season’s IPL. Bumrah took 27 wickets at a strike rate of 13.33 and a remarkable economy rate of 6.73 in 15 matches in IPL 2020.
Bumrah shot 4 for 20 against Rajasthan Royals in a 57-run victory. Later, he smashed Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1, sending Marcus Stoinis, Shikhar Dhawan, and Shreyas Iyer back.
Pacer has shown a steady performance in the Indian half of IPL 2021, taking 6 wickets in 7 appearances. There is no doubt that the second half of the season will give the player more opportunity to demonstrate his superior skills.