IPL returns to its Home and Away formats
For the first time since 2019, the home and away format will return in the IPL. In 2020, the IPL was played in the UAE, while the following year in 2021, the first half was conducted in certain venues across India, while the second half returned to the UAE. Last year, the IPL 2022 was played across just 4 venues in Maharashtra, which is why the atmosphere around this year promises to be palpable with fans expected to turn up in numbers and force a sold-out. ...read more
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Mumbai Indians (MI) took Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) to town in Chennai during the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator to book a place for themselves in Qualifier 2 and incredibly, their dominance was powered by the performance of a bowler who was virtually unknown before that. A number of their star players such as Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma had significant innings but they were all reduced to nothing more than footnotes because of what Akash Madhwal did.
He ended with scarcely believable figures of 5/5 in 3.3 overs, dismissing LSG for 101 runs in reply to MI's 182/8 in a match that will be remembered among the most one-sided of playoff games in the history of the IPL. This wasn't a debut for Madhwal, it was in fact his seventh game of the season, and it isn't the first time he is taking a significant number of wickets in a game either. That occasion came during MI's final league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, in which he got figures of 4/37. However, the fact that SRH had scored 200/5 and Cameron Green scoring a whirlwind 100 off 47 balls meant that Madhwal's performance flew under the radar.
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That was hardly the case on Wednesday - there are very few things in any format of the game that can trump figures of 5/5. This shattered the record for best bowling figures in an IPL playoff game, previously held by Doug Bollinger for his 4/13 for CSK against the erstwhile Deccan Chargers in the 2010 season. It was also the best bowling figures for an uncapped player, breaking the record previous held by Ankit Rajpoot (5/14 for Kings XI Punjab vs SRH, Hyderabad 2018). Finally, it was the joint fourth best figures for any bowler in an IPL game. The man whose record he equalled was India spin legend and former captain Anil Kumble, who had recorded figures of 5/5 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Rajasthan Royals in Cape Town in IPL 2009.
Mumbai Indians fans have been here before. Back in 2013 a little known fast bowler from Gujarat named Jasprit Bumrah had turned heads with his three-wicket haul on debut against RCB. There are two key differences though. Bumrah was making his debut in that game and he was only 19 years old back then. As stated before, Madhwal has become a regular for MI this season and he is 29 years old.
Madhwal gave up his regular job as an engineer to pursue cricket professionally. He earned his stripes in Uttarakhand's tennis-ball cricket circuit where, among other things, his ability to bowl the yorker was honed. It was the yorker that he used to full effect on Wednesday and in the game against SRH as well. Any other delivery has the potential to be hit for runs in tennis ball cricket. As he graduated to more serious cricket levels, his love for bowling the yorker stayed. His journey at the highest level started in 2018 when he joined the Uttarakhand domestic team after the state cricket association received full membership from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Madhwal played 10 first class games for Uttarakhand and took 12 wickets in them. He has also played 17 List A games and taken 18 wickets while in T20s, he has now played a total of 29 games and taken 37 wickets. He was first taken in by RCB as a net bowler in 2019 before being whisked away by MI for the same role. Madhwal then managed to get a chance with the first team in the latter stages of the 2022 season, which was a rather forgettable one for MI. Eventually, his performances was recognised at the domestic level when he was made captain of the Uttarakhand T20 team.
The 2023 season turned out to be a better one for MI but the dream of getting Jofra Archer and Bumrah to attack in pairs hasn't quite materialised, with both star pacers being sidelined by injuries. Enter Madhwal, who started with figures of 0/37 in his first game of the season against the Punjab kings. In the next match against CSK, he bowled just one over, gave away just four runs and took the wicket of the dangerous Devon Conway. His first head turner, however, was the three-wicket haul he got in his next game against the Gujarat Titans as MI beat the defending champions and this season's finalist by 27 runs. His wickets were Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill and David Miller and it was the fact that Suryakumar scored a sensational 103 not out off 49 balls that Madhwal's performance went rather unnoticed. Another century, this time from Green, led to his four-wicket haul against SRH to go under the radar but in the Eliminator, it was the Uttarakhand pacer who shone the brightest.
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10 teams are participating in IPL 2023 namely Gujarat Titans, Rajasthan Royals, Lucknow Super Giants, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians
The home and away format is back for IPL 2023. After the league stage is over, the top four teams will qualify for the Playoffs. The top two will play the Qualifier 1, the winner of which will secure a place in the final. The 3rd and 4th placed teams will play the Eliminator. The loser of the eliminator will be out of the tournament and the loser of Qualifier 1 and winner of Eliminator will battle in Qualifier 2. The winner of Qualifier 2 will reach the final and play against winner of Qualifier 1
The IPL 2023 is being played in India across 12 venues – Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Mohali, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Delhi, Guwahati and Dharamsala
The IPL matches start from 7:30PM every evening and on double-headers, the day match begins at 3:30 PM
The IPL can be live streamed on Jio Cinema app free of cost
The 10 captains of IPL are as following – MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Faf du Plessis, KL Rahul, Aiden Markram, Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana
Mumbai Indians are the most successful IPL franchise having won the title 5 times in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. Chennai Super Kings are four time winners – 2010, 2011, 2019, 2021
A total of 77 matches will be played in IPL 2023, out of which 74 are league games and the remaining three are playoff matches – Qualifier 1, Qualifier 2 and Eliminator
Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have a crazy fan following, but Royal Challengers Bangalore are the leading social media players among all 10 franchises
Gujarat Titans, making their debut, won the IPL 2022 by defeating Rajasthan Royals in the final
Every team will play at least 14 league matches
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are the two best teams of IPL, having won a total of 9 titles combined
There is no fixed limit on player retention
Defending champions Gujarat Titans are one of the favourites of IPL 2023, although Chennai Super Kings under MS Dhoni cannot be counted out either