By Krissania Young
We are ten days into the IPL season and it is safe to say that the Indian Premier League is truly up and running. Fact: The Indian Premier League is the best franchise T20 league in the world. However, the unprecedented conditions in which the competition was to be contested, saw the just-concluded 8th edition of the Caribbean Premier League being used as a predictor for the quality in this season’s Dream-11-sponsored tournament.
And given the fall in the standard of this season’s CPL, we did wonder if we might have seen a fall in standard in the star-studded IPL as well. But the cream has certainly risen to the top, as the 2020 United Arab Emirates-hosted tournament confirms that it really is the creme de la creme of franchise cricket, for the shortest format of the sport.
As of Tuesday afternoon, eleven games had been completed in the fifty-six-game competition, where we had already been treated to thrillers, iconic comebacks, nail-biters and record run chases.
The dew factor and ground sizes, in the United Arab Emirates, have both played a defining role in the competition, so far—bearing an average of 172 runs per innings. A contributing factor to this average per innings being the fact that the tournament has already offered up 162 sixes. To put that number into context: the Indian Premier League, in its first eleven matches, already has 46% of the number of sixes produced throughout the entirety of the 2020 Caribbean Premier League season.
The runs have been flowing, too, with 36% percent of matches, so far, producing totals that surpass the 200 mark. That is, with teams chasing those 200 plus scores having actually tasted success. One instance was on Sunday when Rajasthan Royals’, Oshane Thomas broke the competition’s record for successful run chases against fellow Jamaican, Sheldon Cottrell, from Kings XI Punjab. Rajasthan was chasing 223 runs, and needing 51 runs from the last 18 deliveries, they got home with three deliveries to spare.
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) must have been riding on the high from that Rajasthan/Kings XI game when they provided a 400-run thriller, which required a super over to determine the winner, just a day later. This was the second super over of the tournament, after RCB and Kings XI Punjab had first honours on matchday 2.
Now, can you remember Nicholas Pooran’s explosive century in this year’s CPL—the only one of the season? Well there has been twice as many so far in the IPL. And with 45 games to go, we should be expecting a fair few more.
The Indian Premier League is currently averaging a wicket every 29 runs. Translation: bat is dominating ball. In the case of this year’s Caribbean Premier League, a wicket fell every 22 runs for the same period. The Caribbean Premier League might be the Biggest Party in cricket but the Indian Premier League is its greatest source of entertainment.
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