The recent development in IPL 2021 is Tim Southee has been signed by KKR as replacement for Pat Cummins and Adil Rashid is being signed by PBKS for rest of the IPL in 2021 at UAE. As the IPL gets closer and closer replacements and player signings from different franchises are getting huge attention from the cricket buffs. With UAE being decided as main venue, spin bowling is expected to play a crucial role in 2nd phase of IPL 2021. With just 23 days to go for start of IPL 2021 2nd phase let us have a look at some of the interesting facts related to the number in the league.
23 - Mohammed Shami has picked 23 wickets in IPL in UAE.
Shami picked up 3 wickets during IPL 2014 in UAE and 20 wickets during IPL 2020 which happened entirely in UAE. He has been the key bowler for PBKS in the last few seasons and his performance in the 2nd phase of IPL 2021 is likely to play key role for PBKS in winning games for his team. Notably, his recent performance in Test cricket has been spectacular.
23 - There are 23 different players who have smashed at least 1 fifty-plus score for CSK in the IPL history.
Those 23 players who have smashed a fifty-plus score for CSK in IPL are (in the order of most 50s scored for CSK) :-
Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Michael Hussey, Subramaniam Badrinath, Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Matthew Hayden, Dwayne Smith, Ambati Rayudu, Brendon McCullum, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Parthiv Patel, Albie Morkel, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, David Hussey, Moeen Ali, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, Sam Billings, Anirudha Srikkanth, Sam Curran & Kedar Jadhav
23 - Brendon McCullum during his memorable knock of 158* (73) vs RCB in the inaugural match of IPL 2008, smashed 23 boundaries (13 Sixes & 10 fours).
McCullum was the first batsman to smash a century in IPL and he did it in the opening match of IPL 2008 itself. His 158* is the 2nd highest score in IPL history and his knock set the tempo for IPL way back in 2008.
23 - Number of 50+ scores for MS Dhoni in IPL is 23 overall.
Though MS Dhoni has been totally off colour since IPL 2020, but in the 2nd phase of IPL 2021 he is expected to deliver a lot with the bat. He has been practicing rigorously in the nets to get in touch with the bat for IPL 2021 phase 2 in UAE.