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Saturday, July 25, 2020

IPL 2020 going to be bigger than all the previous seasons: Gambhir

The former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir believes that 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be bigger than the rest of all previous year editions of IPL as it is simply going to change the mood of the nation.

Gautam Gambhir in IPL
Gautam Gambhir in IPL

After all the debate, will IPL happen this year or not (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), it is going to be finally happen from September in United Arabian Emirates (UAE). Recently, the BCCI chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed that IPL 2020 will be played at UAE. 

Due to the serious outbreak of coronavirus in India, it would be difficult for the BCCI to organise the franchise league in India. So they have decided to host the franchise league in UAE.

The postponement of Asia Cup & ICC T20 World Cup due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have paved the way for IPL to be organised this year. The decision about the IPL 2020 was not stable until then the ICC announces their postponement of T20 World Cup. If Asia Cup & T20 World Cup happened this year, then staging IPL this year would have been difficult for the BCCI.

Speaking on the latest episode of Star Sports' Cricket Connected show, Gautam Gambhir feels that IPL 2020 will change the mood of the nation.

"It does not matter where it goes, but if it (IPL) goes to UAE, it's a great venue to play cricket in any format and plus most importantly I think it's going to change the mood of the nation as well,"said the former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir.

Initially, the IPL was scheduled to begin from March 29. But it was later postponed, due to the viral spread of coronavirus. Finally, IPL 2020 is set to begin from September 19 with the final on November 8
, Patel confirmed Friday. The fixtures will be decided when the Governing Council meets next week.

Gambhir further added that,"It's not about which franchise wins or which player scores runs, or which guy takes wicket, it's simply changing the mood of the nation. So this IPL probably will be bigger than rest of all IPL's because I think this is for the nation."

The 38-year-old Gautam Gambhir have won 2 IPL trophies with the franchise team Kolakata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2012 (against CSK) & 2014 (against KXIP). He have played 154 IPL matches & scored 4217 runs. 

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