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Indian T20 League 2021 Season Wrap Up

The Indian T20 League 2021 season was a tournament that took place in testing circumstances with the pandemic looming large over the competition. The season had to be postponed due to the virus breaching the bubble in India. After being rescheduled for later in the year, the Indian T20 League 2021 season wrapped up in the UAE as Team Chennai became four-time champions.

Here is how the competition shaped up in a nutshell.

RUTURAJ GAIKWAD BECOMES YOUNGEST ORANGE CAP WINNER

Team Chennai lifting the trophy had plenty to do with the form of their opening batter, Ruturaj Gaikwad. The right-hand batter finished the season with 635 runs and that was enough for him to pick the Orange Cap award. Along with the most runs in the season, Gaikwad also won the Emerging Player Award, a recognition for the upcoming players in the season. In fourteen years of the competition, Gaikwad became the first player to pick up both these coveted awards in a single campaign.

HARSHAL PATEL WITH A RECORD-BREAKING SEASON

Harshal Patel almost did the impossible this season. He equalled Dwayne Bravo’s record of 32 wickets in a season, a feat that seemed impossible to breach before the start of the competition. Patel had a campaign to remember and his performances with the ball helped Team Bangalore reach the playoffs. His wicket tally wasn’t just on luck but came on the back of plenty of hard work put in behind the scenes.

PLENTY OF POSITIVES FOR TEAM KOLKATA

When the season was paused after the India leg, Team Kolkata were seventh on the points table having won just a handful of matches till that point. The team wasn’t able to execute the brand of cricket that was being desired by the coach and captain. The break came at the best possible time for the Knights from Kolkata.

They went back to the drawing board and re-assessed their team. They brought in a dashing left-hand opener in Venkatesh Iyer, someone who was making his debut in the competition. This gamble on Iyer worked wonders for the team as he proved to be one of the most valuable openers in the second leg. They picked their team depending on conditions and made the best use of low and slow turning wickets at Sharjah. They won seven out of ten games in the UAE leg but fell just short in the final.

DAD’S ARMY PROVES THE WORTH OF EXPERIENCE YET AGAIN

Many people were writing MS Dhoni’s Team Chennai off before the start of the season given how poor they were in the 2020 season. The ‘Dad’s Army’ as they are referred to was deemed too old for T20 cricket which is considered a youngster’s game. Coach Stephen Fleming and captain MS Dhoni would have quietly enjoyed being written off before the start of the season as it lowered the burden of expectations on them.

They played a free brand of cricket throughout the 2021 season and it paid off at the end of the competition. They backed the right people at the right time, a prime example of it was Robin Uthappa’s exploits in the playoffs and that is the beauty of this franchise. They make everyone feel secure about their positions and that brings the best out of individuals in the middle. They thoroughly deserved their fourth title as they were by far the best team in the competition.

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