What promised to be a huge ray of hope amid the darkness and negativity that surrounded, the Indian Premier League (IPL), has come to a premature end owing to the growing COVID-19 crisis in India. Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that it will look to have the remainder of the tournament rescheduled, the probability of it happening seem very bleak amid a packed international cricket schedule. Despite only 29 matches being played in the competition until the announcement of its postponement, IPL 2021 gave enormous joy, thrill, excitement and happiness to some of its viewers and fans. With a rather anti-climatic pause, which seems to be an end to this year’s tournament, here are some of the top takeaways from the biggest T20 tournament in the world.
1. Did we just see an underarm delivery in cricket?
Rajasthan Royals’ all-rounder Riyan Parag almost bowled an underarm delivery against the Punjab Kings in IPL 2021. While the cricketing world had already seen what Kedar Jadhav’s low, slingy action looked like, this was apparently a variation which Parag was even caught practicing at the nets. On one particular instance, Parag went as low as legally possible to Chris Gayle and the umpire had to actually warn him before he delivered the next ball. It was very close to being an underarm delivery which is obviously no longer allowed in cricket.