Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings in the opening game of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League on Saturday. The clash in Abu Dhabi, between the two most successful teams of the T20 tournament, marks a long-awaited return to action for India’s top male cricketers.
Since the coronavirus-enforced lockdown began in March, England brought back international cricket by hosting West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan and Australia. But for India, it has been a lengthy break away from the game.
Which is why the excitement surrounding IPL 2020 has been palpable for players and fans alike. This isn’t the first time the IPL is being held outside India, but this has certainly been the longest interval between two editions of the tournament.
And we have a cracking match on our hands to kick-start…