BCCI’s efforts to conduct IPL 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic was praised by both Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and runners up Delhi Capitals (DC) veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) concluded on 10th November, after which Chennai Super Kings (CSK) hailed the efforts of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for conducting the tournament against “all odds” amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The tournament came to an end on Tuesday as Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) in the final by 5 wickets chasing 157 to lift the title. Mumbai defended their IPL title successfully by defeating Delhi by five wickets at the Dubai International Stadium.
BCCI And Those Involved Should Be Credited For Making IPL 2020 Possible: CSK
Initially, the tournament was scheduled to commence in March in India but it was postponed and moved abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With several guidelines and restrictions like bio bubbles in place, the competition began on September 19 in the UAE. The T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia in 2020 too, was postponed and IPL 2020 was held in that window.
When COVID played basketball in all our lives, few believed that this lovely little tour shall see the light of day. Big #WhistlePodu for @BCCI and all those involved for making #IPL2020 possible against all odds. #Yellove 🦁💛 pic.twitter.com/UmYaTN2rJO
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) November 12, 2020
CSK, however, were the first team to bow out of the megaevent. It was the first time that MS Dhoni-led CSK had failed to reach the top four. Chennai Super Kings had reached playoffs every time and are the only team to do so before 2020 saw them finishing 7th with 6 wins and 8 losses.
BCCI Put A Terrific Effort To Pull Off A Tournament Like IPL’s Stature: Ravi Ashwin
Earlier on Wednesday, runners up Delhi Capitals’ Ravichandran Ashwin had also praised BCCI for pulling off the tournament amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ravi Ashwin had picked up 13 wickets in 15 matches. Delhi were in the finals for the first time but their hopes for a maiden IPL title were broken by Mumbai whose captain Rohit Sharma became most successful cricketer in IPL history both as a player and as captain.
It wasn’t our night!! @DelhiCapitals
Well done @mipaltan , deserved winners and so clinical through the tournament. @ImRo45 @ShreyasIyer15
Last but definitely not the least, it was a terrific effort by the @IPL @BCCI to pull off a tournament like this during these tough times.
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) November 11, 2020
In the final, Rohit Sharma had played a knock of 68 runs to help Mumbai Indians chase down the target of 157, set by the Delhi Capitals after opting to bat first. With this victory, Mumbai Indians claimed their record fifth IPL title. The franchise had earlier won the tournament in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019.