The 2021 Indian T20 League has started off in a promising fashion as in the first week itself we’ve witnessed some remarkably close encounters. There’s plenty to ponder on from the first week of the elite domestic competition and here we take a look at four talking points.
The matches have been played in Mumbai and Chennai so far in the first phase of the 2021 Indian T20 League and the wickets produced at those two venues have been challenging to say the least. The Chepauk in Chennai has been notorious for its slow-paced nature and has lived up to the expectations in the first week. The Wankhede in Mumbai, on the other hand, has been a track where batsmen have enjoyed flexing their muscles over the years, but this season it seems like the curator has taken inspiration from the Chepauk wicket.
The wickets have been sticky in nature and batting in the second half has become difficult. Once the ball gets old, batters find it difficult to time the ball in the death overs. Twice in two days, teams failed to chase down a target from an extremely promising position. Once the set batter gets out, it gets challenging for the next ones to hit the ball out of the park from the word go due to the sticky nature of the wickets.
It was Sanju Samson’s debut as an Indian T20 League captain and it couldn’t have gone better on a personal note as he notched up a classy 119 against Team Punjab. Everything went according to plan but the final ball of the match. With five required off the final ball of the innings, Punjab’s bowler Arshdeep Singh dished out a ball in the slot for Samson to smack it out of the park and take his maiden two points but Samson couldn’t help but find the fielder in the deep to end his captaincy debut in agony.
Nevertheless, it was the first century of the 2021 Indian T20 League and will remain as one of the best knocks of the season for some time.
TOP START FOR BANGALORE
Every year Team Bangalore come out with vigour about making it their season but this time the intent seems real. For the first time in the history of the franchise, they went on to win the season opener of the Indian T20 League. They have two wins in two matches and wins against teams which were considered as one of the favourites at the start of the season.
Different players stepped up in these two matches and the hopes in the Bangalore side seems to be getting filled one by one. It finally looks like a team capable of winning the championship but it is still early days in the competition and they shouldn’t get carried away.
TEAMS ARE PRETTY WELL MATCHED
This promises to be one of the most competitive Indian T20 League seasons. The teams seem extremely well balanced and with no home advantage to exploit in the season it can go down to the wire to decide who reaches the playoffs. The team which has the most bases covered would be the standout one from the competition but it seems from the outside that each team has some sort of weakness that can be exploited by various opponents.
It can just be a season where at different stages there could be different favourites to win the tournament depending on the form of the teams. We can’t wait for the rest of the tournament to pan out as we’re in for some exhilarating cricket.
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