It’s finally over and we can finally catch our breath. Honestly, this year’s Indian Premier League has bowled us over with some stunning moments. This is a journey that began for eight teams on 23rd March and as the dust settles on the finale, here are the things that happened along the way that caught our attention most!
Matchday 19 might seem like a weird place to begin, but this day is written in history for the most perfect debut for Mumbai pacer Alzarri Joseph. Alzarri not only took career best and debut best statistics for himself in terms of top level cricket, but shattered the IPL’s overall record, taking 6 wickets and conceding only 12 runs!
When facing Mohammed Shami in the 19th over, AB De Villiers faced a bouncer. In his attempt to protect himself from being hit by the ball, the South African batsman swung his blade, one-handed. The resulting six saw the loudest cheer of the entire innings as it landed on the stadium roof. De Villiers’ team had him to thank for making the difference in a tight match, but even then this six stands out!
On one warm summer’s evening, Andre the Giant awoke for Kolkata. Russell took 13 balls to score 48 runs, at a strike rate of nearly 400. Let that sink in as he helped Kolkata to a victory over Bengaluru by a margin of 5 wickets.
At Mumbai’s home ground, the Wankhede Stadium, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has had some good memories. After all, he guided the Indian team to victory in the World Cup on home soil as captain. So, when an elderly woman met him, Captain Cool did something absolutely heart-warming and fantastic – he handed her an autographed jersey and even took a selfie with her!
With 15 runs to defend and Delhi holding 3 wickets in hand, Sam Curran was handed the ball by Ravichandran Ashwin as Punjab were seeking a win. What followed was astonishing, as Curran proceeded to single-handedly bowl out the rest of Delhi and taking a hat-trick.
Fans of T20 know that bowling is not easy in the format, and to see Sam Curran end the innings in stunning fashion and single-handed surely puts this among the most iconic moments from any player in the history of the Indian Premier League.
Dropped three times by the Mumbai Indians, with a blistering use of his opportunities to score big runs – Shane Watson’s 80 will remain an iconic IPL Finale innings. Chennai team-mate Harbhajan Singh insists that Watson played through the pain barrier and required multiple stitches as well.
The gutsy Australian is one among a plethora of form players heading to the World Cup this year and any injury is sure to affect Watson’s preparation. For the sake of cricket, we do hope he features in England and Wales.
In the same finale that Shane Watson scored 80 runs, the Mumbai Indians bowlers somehow came out on top. Lasith Malinga conceded over 20 runs in his 3rd over. 42 runs off 18 balls were given away by the veteran.
Jasprit Bumrah kept the entire watching audience hooked in anticipation as we headed for a photo finish after nearly two months on a rollercoaster ride!
In the final over that concluded the 2019 Indian Premier League season, Lasith Malinga stepped up and rolled back the years. After conceding 42 runs in just three overs, the Sri-Lankan pacer bowled at a consistent pace and used a variation on the final ball. With Chennai needing 2 runs to win, Lasith struck and gave Mumbai the victory!