The Indian Premier League season has been thoroughly disrupted in 2021, having recently been postponed amidst growing concerns around the pandemic in India.
ESPNCricInfo reveals that the tough decision to postpone the league was taken in early May, with no potential date for a restart. In an IPL statement, it was said: “These are difficult times, especially in India, and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times.”
When it is played, the IPL brings the best players in the world together and presents thrilling games in the right spirit. With a hiatus in play, it is perhaps pertinent to reflect on the positive moments that have delighted fans over the years. It isn’t just the collection of stars that make the IPL unique, the cricket is often exciting and is played at a breakneck pace.
To keep you connected with the action and to remind you of some truly great incidents, we have picked four of the absolute best moments from IPL history for you to enjoy.
Brendon McCullum, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kolkata Knight Riders, 18 April 2008
One of the best moments from the IPL came right at the start, with the first-ever game. Kolkata won by 140 runs, but the performance of McCullum set the standard for the thrilling years of cricket that followed. He hit 158 off 73 balls, 10 fours, 13 sixes, which at the time set a record for the shortest game. It was a precedent there to be broken and a precursor for what was to follow.
Chris Gayle, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Pune Warriors, 23 April 2013
Chris Gayle can claim to be the best short-game batsman of all time, and no moment defines that better than his 175 runs in 66 balls, including 17 sixes, in an IPL fixture in 2013. The 41-year-old Jamaican went on to set a world record for the T20 game in the Bangladeshi League, with an unbeaten 146 from 69 balls, boasting 18 sixes. Gayle will be back in action in the IPL in 2020 for Kings XI Punjab. They are ranked as outsiders for the IPL title by Bwin, but with Gayle in the team, nothing is certain. One thing the IPL does is throw up great moments and who would dare suggest that the ‘Universe Boss’ cannot inspire his side to success? After all, they only failed to qualify for the eliminators on net run rate last season.
Adam Gilchrist, Kings XI Punjab vs. Mumbai Indians, 18 May 2013
World Cup winner Gilchrist played his last game of cricket in May 2013 for Kings XI Punjab, up against Mumbai Indians. Famed as a batsman, he handed his gauntlets to Praveen Kumar and stepped up to bowl. In a heartwarming moment, he drew Harbhajan Singh into a slog, which was caught and sealed the game for his team. It was one of those moments that remain nestled in IPL history for all the right reasons.
AB de Villiers, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Deccan Chargers, 6 May 2012
The IPL is famed for bringing the best players in the world together, often teammates in the international game but facing off against each other domestically. AB’s Bangalore side needed 39 from three overs. He faced off against Dale Steyn looking to steal the victory and he did just that. He smashed 47 off 17 balls, 5 fours, 3 sixes, prompting jubilant celebrations in the locker room after the game.