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RCB players console Rishabh Pant of DC in IPL 2021 - Photo courtesy: BCCI

5 memories to cherish and remember of IPL 2021

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Postponed IPL 2021 gave some great memories.

IPL 2021 was short and sweet before it was postponed after its secured bio-bubble was breached amid the second wave of coronavirus in India. Nevertheless, the brief IPL 2021 journey brought smiles to the faces of stressed Indian fans who are living in constant fear and anxiety due to the pandemic. So, here are few moments to cherish or remember of IPL 2021.

For a change, RCB played as champs

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RCB players in IPL 2021 – Photo courtesy: IPL Facebook page

Over the past few seasons, RCB has had flattered to deceive as it could not win tight matches and ended up fighting for a place in the play-offs most of the time. But this season, they won tight games, and they were among the top four throughout the brief duration of the tournament. In fact, RCB brought the biggest thrills as it posted an entertaining 1-run win over Delhi Capitals, and a last-ball finish over Mumbai Indians in the opener.

Divided by franchises, united by national teams

Nicholas Pooran of PBKS (left) has a chat with fellow West Indian Shimron Hetmyer of DC (right) in IPL 2021: Photo courtesy: IPL Facebook page

When Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant could not help his team cross the finish line against RCB and fell short by just a run, he received consolation from RCB captain-cum-national skipper, Virat Kohli. Even Shimron Hetmyer, a former RCB player, was consoled by Kohli and his teammates after the West Indian slump to his knees following the narrow loss. It showed how competitive IPL is, but once the IPL match was over, the players were back as friends.

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MS Dhoni turns the guru again

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Shahrukh Khan and MS Dhoni in a discussion during IPL 2021 – Photo courtesy: IPL Facebook page

Before the tournament started, MS Dhoni featured in an ad where he was seen in a bald and hermit avatar, giving advice. And Dhoni did the same during the tournament. Once the match was over, Dhoni was seen surrounded by opposition players and engaged in a discussion.

It was obvious that players, both local and overseas, want to make the most of the chance and learn some valuable tips from Dhoni’s rich experience of close to 2 decades of professional cricket. He was also seen chatting with youngsters such as Shahrukh Khan of Punjab Kings, and being in the same frame with youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal of Rajasthan Royals.

The entertaining close finishes in IPL 2021

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Kieron Pollard celebrates after winning the match against CSK. Photo courtesy: IPL Facebook page

This IPL would be remembered for the thrilling and close finishes it provided on a regular basis. SRH bore the brunt of close finishes, losing quite a few matches after it was in the driver’s seat to seal the win. RCB and Mumbai Indians too were involved in few thrillers.

But the winner goes to KRK vs CSK match where Andre Russell and Pat Cummins played great knocks to give a scare to Dhoni’s men in overhauling a 200-plus target. And Kieron Pollard of Mumbai finishing a chase against CSK almost single-handedly is a close second.

Youngsters finally make their presence felt in IPL 2021

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Harpreet Brar of PBKS celebrates after dismissing AB de Villiers of RCB in IPL 2021 – Photo courtesy: IPL Facebook page

Few youngsters who had a flop season last year finally rose to the occasion and impressed one and all in this tournament. Right from the first game, youngsters made a mark. In the first game, it was Harshal Patel of RCB who took a five-wicket haul against Mumbai Indians.

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Then, Devdutt Paddikal of RCB struck his maiden IPL ton, Harpreet Brar won a match for Punjab against RCB in just his fourth IPL match, and finally, Prithvi Shaw doing justice to his talent by clobbering bowling attack to all parts of the ground. Even Shahrukh Khan of PBKS showed he is a good talent with few useful cameos with the bat. It was a tournament for youngsters to remember.

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