IPL(Indian Premier League) 2020 : Points Table, Schedule, Rules

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Sep. 15, 2020

This IPL season has grabbed the eyeballs for all the right reasons with a relatively controversy-free tournament, coupled with some scintillating on-field performances which have brought the spotlight back on the game. Indian cricket is seen by many as a national institution; in this view, its rise and the rise of India are one and the same. For example, Sachin Tendulkar is considered to be the most revered player in the history of Indian cricket. The Indian Premier League has emerged as the premier sporting event in India with a global viewership and a fanfollowing unmatched by any other cricketing league. Within a short span of just 10 years, the IPL prediction has morphed into a media beast that could soon rival the decades old major sporting events across the world. No one could have predicted that IPL would become such a huge hit when it was first conceptualized in 2007 and when the franchises were first awarded to a group of corporates, individuals and celebrities.

Twenty20 cricket is played over about three hours and guarantees a winner. Each side plays one inning comprising 20 overs at most. The emphasis of this highly shortened form of the game is on furious hitting and fielding. The strenuous pace of the game demands athleticism and a high level of physical fitness. Twenty20 players are often younger than those in Test and ODI cricket.

IPL 10 was considered one of the most prominent and buzziest installments of the tournament. It was mentioned on Twitter over 6 million times, twice as much as last season. It witnessed a surge of followers and cricket enthusiasts who support their teams with the same, if not more zest, as they do with the Indian national team. Credit must also go to Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) who created a massive buzz around IPL 10 by hosting 8 opening ceremonies instead of just one event as done traditionally. This kind of buzz not only helped in getting more fans, followers, popularity and tweets but also fetched higher IPL all match prediction viewership than before with an increment of 40% more viewers in the opening week alone as compared to last year.

RULES OF THE GAME

Cricket resembles its cousin sport, baseball: two teams take turns batting in an effort to score more runs than the other. In cricket, the bowler bowls (pitches) a hard red or white ball toward the batsman, who stands in front of three sticks, called stumps or wickets. Unlike baseball, in traditional (or Test) cricket, a batsman can remain at bat as long as he is not “out”—there are no balls and strikes.

A batsman can score runs by:

Hitting the ball and running back and forth between a pair of wickets located 20 meters apart on a pitch, hitting a home run (which fetches six runs),or hitting the ball past the boundary of the playing field (which fetches four runs).

A batsman is out if:

the ball hits the wicket behind him, he uses his legs instead of the bat to block a ball headed toward the wicket, he hits the ball in the air and it is caught by a fielder, or the wicket is broken by a fielder when the batsman is outside his crease, a region extending 20.12 meters in front of the wicket.