Indian Premier League 2021 aka IPL 2021 is set to begin from Friday, April 9. The fourteenth season of the Twenty20 cricket league will bring a total of eight teams that will play matches at six different venues across India. While many cricket fans were looking to watch the forthcoming season of the Vivo IPL 2021 live, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to play the matches behind closed doors to begin with — owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Fans will have to follow along the action on screen instead and you can do so online on your mobile phone or smart TV, aside from live TV. Here are some ways through which you can enjoy watching IPL 2021 live at your home.
With fast bowler Josh Hazelwood pulling out of this year’s IPL, and CSK yet to name a replacement, could IPL 2021 turn out to be a dream-come-true moment for Farooqi? In Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and K Asif, CSK have a strong domestic bowling line-up, but its overseas stock of pacers is a bit of a concern with Hazelwood pulling out this close. Only South Africa quick Lungi Ngidi as an established overseas fast bowler in the ranks currently. CSK have traditionally been a team which has given a platform to young and promising cricketers, and there’s no reason why Farooqi can’t join the list.
The runners-up of IPL 2020 began the IPL 2021 auction with a steal buy of Steve Smith for just Rs 2.20 crores. Later in the day, they also roped in Tom Curran and Sam Billings to end their day. With the foreigners being signed up towards both ends, the Capitals also bought 5 Indian players including the pacer Umesh Yadav to complete their 25 players for the upcoming season.
Chennai Super Kings have already hit top gear ahead of a brand-new season of the IPL. In fact, the franchise has been live streaming certain nets sessions, allowing the fans and followers to catch a glimpse of their favorite cricketers and their preparations ahead of the season. It was during one of those sessions, where the world got a glimpse of Cheteshwar Pujara the IPL batsman, who, with a re-modelled stance, was hitting huge sixes.
Preity Zinta was at the helm of things for the fourteenth year in a row, but this time with a changed name on the jersey. The ‘Punjab Kings’ had plenty of money in their purse but couldn’t really manage the high profile picks in IPL 2021 auction. They were lucky to get the No. 1 ranked ICC T20I batsman in Dawid Malan for just Rs 1.5 crores but weren’t at their best for the rest of the day. PBKS have got three X-factor foreigners like Jhye Richardson, Moises Henriques and Fabian Allen along with four domestic Indian players.
SRH picked just 3 players in the auction and completed their set of 25, which shows the promise the team management has in the rest of their players. The three lucky guys to get to wear orange in IPL 2021 along with the retained players are Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Jagadeesha Suchith.
On 10 March 2021, the Royal Challengers Bangalore replaced Josh Philippe with Finn Allen, after the former pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons.
On 30 March 2021, the Delhi Capitals confirmed that their captain Shreyas Iyer had been ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury. Rishabh Pant was named the Delhi captain in his absence. On 31 March 2021, Hyderabad’s Mitchell Marsh pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons; he was replaced by Jason Roy in the Sunrisers’ squad. A day later, Chennai’s Josh Hazelwood opted out of the tournament citing the same reason.