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Indian T20 League 2021 in UAE: Top Moments, ft. Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, and More

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The Indian T20 League 2021 is gradually nearing the playoffs, almost 6 months since the tournament began. The league returned after a break of over 4.5 months and the action so far lived up to its billing.

The Indian T20 League never has a shortage of exciting moments and things get even more competitive as the playoffs get close. The weeks since the resumption of the league, in Phase 2, have seen some performances and moments to remember for a long long time.

We look at 5 such moments from the 2021 season in the UAE:

Hat-trick Hero Harshal

The Indian T20 League 2021 was already going quite well for Harshal Patel. Maybe ‘quite well’ would be an understatement, because very few must have predicted his consistency this year when the tournament kicked off. Harshal has been dominating proceedings when it comes to the ‘Purple Cap’ battle.

To add to his already good run, Harshal became one of the few bowlers to pick an Indian T20 League hat-trick. In the match against powerhouse Mumbai, Harshal got the big wickets of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard, before completing the hat-trick with Rahul Chahar’s wicket.

Kartik Tyagi shocks Punjab in the final over

In just the 3rd match since the resumption of the 2021 season, we saw an unexpected thriller. Why unexpected? Because Punjab was absolutely cruising towards a target of 186, before a turnaround came from Rajasthan out of nowhere.

Punjab needed just 8 runs to win off the last 2 overs before Mustafizur Rahman ensured that the match went at least to the final over. Punjab was still just 4 runs away and Rajasthan’s young pacer Kartik Tyagi executed the perfect over. He conceded just one run against the likes of Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, and Fabian Allen, thus helping Rajasthan snatch victory from a highly improbable situation.

Ruturaj Rules Rajasthan at Indian T20 League 2021

Our next top moment of the season features one of the rising stars in Indian cricket. Ruturaj Gaikwad’s performance throughout the season has been one of the highlights of the Indian T20 League 2021.

In the match against Rajasthan, Chennai’s Mr. Dependable again gave the team a solid start. After a brief comeback from the men in pink, Gaikwad changed gears suddenly and played some of the most stunning shots we’ve seen this season. 30 runs in his first 29 balls and 71 runs in his next 31 not just gave Ruturaj his first Indian T20 League hundred, but also showed that he can play perfectly as per the situation.

Virat Kohli climbs Mount 10k

This next moment may not have been significant to the season, but a certain top Virat Kohli moment still features in our list. In the same match against Mumbai, Kohli became the first Indian batsman and just the 5th in the world to reach the landmark of 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.

As he will soon be free of the pressures of captaincy, will we see the great batsman add a lot more runs to his tally?

Ravindra Jadeja – the new chase master on the block?

Over the last few years, Jadeja has turned into one of the best all-rounders in the world. His batting, and finishing abilities in particular, have played a big role in the same, and Jadeja showed just why, in the match against Kolkata.

Chasing 172 against Kolkata in Abu Dhabi, Chennai needed 26 runs off the last 2 overs. What followed was a masterclass in finishing from Jadeja, who smashed 22 off Prasidh Krishna’s over. Chennai eventually won the match off the last ball, but it was Jadeja’s power-hitting that was the difference.

We’ll be back soon with more such top moments as the 2021 season reaches its business end.

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