Oct 3, 2020

IPL's Arabian Nights

Amid stringent social-distancing guidelines and strict quarantine measures, a galaxy of cricket stars has descended on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) finally gets underway on September 19.



IPL 2020: Six young Indian batsmen to watch out for

Each IPL edition gives a glimpse of young talent and provides them with an opportunity to put the pedal to the metal and showcase their skills to the biggest audience in the game. Here’s a list of young Indian batsmen to look forward to in IPL 2020.


IPL 2020: Statsman picks Dhoni to lead his all-time IPL XI

IPL 2020: Mahendra Singh Dhoni will lead Sportstar columnist Statsman's all-time XI, which also features the likes of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and Suresh Raina.


Brands pad up for IPL 2020

Brands had earlier allotted spends for the IPL, the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup, which were all scheduled for 2020, and now with only the IPL happening this year, these spends are getting invested on the T20 tournament.


CSK bowling coach L. Balaji: Seniors bring experience

“All these players have played cricket at the highest level for many years... Once they are in the middle they know what to do since they are are very experienced,” he says.


Mumbai Indians' James Pattinson: You just have to play to your strengths

The Australian fast bowler talks about replacing Lasith Malinga at Mumbai Indians, how his Big Bash League performances could help him in the UAE and his expectations going into IPL 2020.


IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings team preview - Dad’s Army, with some young blood

The three-time champion has been the epitome of ruthless efficiency, reaching the final four — the first target for all teams — in every edition it has been a part of.


IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians team preview - Geared up for title defence

The last two times the four-time champion tried to defend its title, it did not even make the playoffs.


IPL 2020: Sun, sand and cricket

After months-long delay caused by the global coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 edition of the IPL extravaganza will finally get underway in the UAE on September 19.


IPL 2020: Hoping the bubble doesn’t burst

While one cannot step out of the hotel rooms during the mandatory quarantine period, movement inside the bubble is also restricted and strictly monitored – and that, many feel, is actually a test of patience.

On The Write Line

Chennai Super Kings will miss Raina and Harbhajan, writes Gavaskar

CSK will undoubtedly miss the big hitting of Suresh Raina and the experience of Harbhajan Singh, but, as always, it will fly under the radar and strike when it’s required.


Shreyas Iyer: Delhi Capitals banking on a solid Indian core

“You’ve got to take one venue at a time, one opposition at a time — that’s the key in a fast-paced and dynamic tournament like the IPL,” says captain Shreyas Iyer.


IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals team preview - Aiming to capitalise on the potential

The challenge for Ricky Ponting, the head coach of Delhi Capitals, would be to extract potential performances from the players who form a complete winning package on paper.


K. L. Rahul on Anil Kumble: We look up to him for direction and support

"Our head coach being Anil bhai, who has been around and has lots and lots of experience, so the youngsters and the guys in the team can benefit from him," says the new Kings XI Punjab skipper.


IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab team preview - Looking for the tide to turn

The closest Kings XI Punjab has come to winning the trophy was in 2014, when it made it to the final but lost to the Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets.


Keeping fit during IPL 2020: Operation Desert Storm

We will cover the precautions that need to be taken to avoid serious injuries and medical conditions during the 2020 IPL season in the dry and hot conditions of the UAE.


Virat Kohli: RCB squad is well balanced and primed to excel

IPL: “We have a great balance of experience, T20 skill and eager youngsters. This is the most balanced squad since our memorable 2016 season,” says RCB’s captain Virat Kohli.


IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore team preview - Holes still need to be filled

IPL: RCB is overly dependent on Virat Kohli and A. B. de Villiers in the batting department, and it lacks specialist death bowlers and middle-order finishers.

Last Word

COVID-19: IPL's biggest challenge yet

IPL: The IPL faces its biggest challenge — COVID-19. Fans will be holding their breath, and the competition will be just one reason for this.


V. V. S. Laxman: Important for SRH to get momentum early

IPL: “I feel how a team gels as a unit is the biggest challenge in IPL because of the mix of players from different countries with different styles, cultures and brand of cricket,” says the SRH mentor.


IPL 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad team preview - A balanced side

IPL: The Hyderabad franchise, the 2016 IPL champion that has made it to the playoffs five times, continues to be a formidable team.


Forgotten men of IPL: Where are they now?

IPL success is by no means an assured pathway to a great career. For these players and many others, fame and attention are brief and illusory.


IPL 2020: Steve Smith's Royals a 'good mix' of youth and experience

“We had a really good auction and have covered all bases really well,” says Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith.


IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals team preview - seeking to end title drought

IPL: It’s been 12 years since the Jaipur franchise won its only IPL title — under the captaincy of Shane Warne in the inaugural 2008 edition.


IPL 2020: Cummins, Morgan add a lot of value to KKR, says Abhishek Nayar

Assistant coach Abhishek Nayar says KKR’s think tank wanted Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins for their leadership qualities.


IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders team preview - Of faces old and new

IPL: Under Dinesh Karthik and former player-turned-coach Brendon McCullum, KKR stands the best chance to go for a third title.


From Gayle to Russell: The hard hitters of IPL

If going by usual parameters of big-hitting prowess in T20 cricket, West Indies players Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell remain hotcakes of the tournament.


IPL 2020: The return of coach Anil Kumble

Returning to the coaching fold after three years, the former India captain feels his side, Kings XI Punjab, has all the bases covered for IPL 2020.


More musical chairs for Alpha Tauri?

On the first Sunday of September 2020, Gasly walked away from Monza — the Temple of Speed, the fastest major race track in the world — a Grand Prix winner.


IPL diary: Beach, music and bio-bubble

Kagiso Rabada lands in the UAE, bio-bubble for commentators and Rajasthan Royals players Manan Vohra and Anuj Rawat bond over music.


Daren Sammy: My IPL fifty against Rajasthan Royals

Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy, who has been with SRH, RCB and Kings XI in the IPL, shares his favourite moments from the tournament.


IPL: Top 10 bowlers with the best economy-rate

The IPL, deferred this year due to the global coronavirus pandemic, is predominantly a stage for batsmen. But here are some bowlers who've held their own over the years.