With each passing day, the buzz surrounding the second phase of the Indian Premier League is breaking its own records. The T20 competition is set to resume in the UAE on September 19 with a blockbuster of a clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The final of the event is slated to take place on October 15. With just one week to go for the resumption of IPL 2021, the official broadcasters have announced a star-studded commentary panel for the tournament.
While the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan and Aakash Chopra have been named in the Hindi commentary panel along with host-turned-commentator Jatin Sapru, Sunil Gavaskar, Kevin Pietersen, Harsha Bhogle, Murali Karthik, Ian Bishop will be among the English commentators.
Meanwhile, the likes of Parthiv Patel and Kiran More also find their names in the commentators' list.
Here is the complete list:
Hindi commentators for IPL 2021: Jatin Sapru, Suren Sundaram, Aakash Chopra, Nikhil Chopra, Tanya Purohit, Irfan Pathan, Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel and Kiran More.
English commentators for IPL 2021: Harsha Bhogle, Sunil Gavaskar, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Murali Kartik, Deep Dasgupta, Anjum Chopra, Ian Bishop, Alan Wilkins, Mbangwa, Nicholas Knight, Danny Morrison, Simon Doull, Matthew Hayden and Kevin Pietersen.
El Clasico of IPL to get UAE leg of 2021 season underway
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, who are set to play the first match of the second phase of IPL 2021, will resume their celebrated rivalry. The two teams are among the most successful and followed teams in the IPL and thus their match to kick off the UAE leg is expected to generate a lot of viewership. Such intense is the rivalry of the teams that it is considered to be the El Clasico of the biggest T20 spectacle on the planet. While the first match is scheduled to happen in Dubai, the action will then shift to Abu Dhabi where the Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Kolkata Knight Riders on September 20.
The tournament is set to be played under a strict COVID-19 bubble and even the doctor and nursing staff will stay with teams in the hotels to make sure they don't have to move out of the bubble even in case of injuries.