IPL 2020 Halfway Stage : 10 most unexpected things which have happened this IPL

It is halfway into the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), and already fans are on the edge of their seat. The 13th edition of Indian Premier League has been a roller-coaster ride. IPL has already surpassed its predecessors with so many close-encounters, rise of unknowns, and two super-over wins. As we enter into the second half of the season, InsideSport brings you 10 most unexpected things which took place in the first three weeks.

IPL 2020 Halfway Stage : Most Unexpected that has happened in IPL 2020

Halfway Stage in IPL: CSK at the No.7 position in IPL 2020 points table

Probably the biggest shocker of the season. We did not expect seeing Chennai Super Kings finishing at the seventh spot. The Dad’s army has been a bunch of seven oldies trying to challenge young legs. While the formula worked for several years, it has now backfired since the forced break due to covid-19.

The last time they were in this situation was 10 years ago where they went on to script a remarkable turnaround to win the title. If CSK wish to qualify for the playoffs, they have to now win six of their seven remaining games.

Halfway stage in IPL: Rahul Tewatia‘s blitzkrieg against Kings XI Punjab
Until 2019, no one knew who Rahul Tewatia was. But his blistering innings against Kings XI Punjab made him a household name. We did not expect him to hit five sixes in one over to Sheldon Cottrell to help Rajsthan Royals chase the biggest total in IPL history.

Halfway stage in IPL: Top 3 Orange Cap leaders

It is remarkable to see Kings XI Punjab’s opening duo, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal leading the Orange cap at halfway in IPL. We did not expect them leading the race given KXIP’s struggles this season. Faf du Plessis is another batsman who is in the race for most runs. The South African batsman is the only one in-form in CSK.

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Halfway stage in IPL: Big flops with reference to their salaries as well

There are certain players who have failed to live up to their massive price tags and have become a multi-million dollar flop of IPL 2020. We did not expect MS Dhoni to see in this list, but his stubbornness to not change his “old ways” has cost him and CSK dearly. His IPL salary for this season is Rs 15 cr, however, he has not even justified one-fourth of it. In seven matches played, he has scored just 112 runs and is therefore ranked 33 in InsideSport Moneyball’s Impact ranking. His value for money ranking is 102.

Another player to have failed miserably is Glenn Maxwell. KXIP bought him for Rs 10.75cr from Delhi Capitals but the Australian batsman has failed to live up to the expectations. In seven matches, he scored just 58 runs and is ranked 59 in Impact ranking. His value for money ranking is 111.

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Halfway stage in IPL: Top 5 Batting Performances

KL Rahul’s 132 off 69 balls against Rajasthan Royals is probably the best batting performance of the season so far. However, there are several performances which give a strong competition to Rahul’s top spot. Tewatia’s five 6s in one over, Nicholas Pooran’s fastest fifty of IPL 2020, Kieron Pollard‘s 47-runs blitzkrieg against KXIP and Priyam Garg’s inspiring 51 off 26 balls are other best batting performances.

Halfway Stage in IPL: Top 5 Best bowling performances
Mumbai Indians Jasprit Bumrah leads the chart in this one. Four wickets against Rajasthan Royals had announced why he is the best fast bowler India has ever produced. Second to him is IPL 2020 purple cap leader Kagiso Rabadda. His too chipped four wickets against RCB but due to the economy rate of 6.00 is placed second. Other three bowlers with best bowling performances are Rashid Khan (3/12), Yuzvendra Chahal (3/18) and yorker-king T Natarajan (2/27)

Halfway Stage in IPL: 5 unknowns who have surprised the cricket world
Devdutt Padikkal of Royal Challengers is without any doubt the leader of this list. We did not expect to see the 20-year-old RCB opener to play as maturely as the likes of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers. In seven matches, he has amassed 243 runs with three fifties. He has been instrumental in Bangalore’s winning cause. Other unknowns to have surprised the cricket world are SRH’s Priyam Garg, T. Natarajan for his yorkers, Rahul Tewatia with his power-hitting prowess, KXIP’s Ravi Bishnoi for his bowling performance against SRH and Rajasthan Royals’ Karthik Tyagi.

Halfway Stage in IPL: 3 Controversies

Probably the mother of all controversies of IPL 2020 would be that one-short run of KXIP which cost them two crucial points against Delhi Capitals. Another big controversy was stirred up by India’s cricketing great Sunil Gavaskar for his distasteful remark on Anushka Sharma. The third was MS Dhoni’s decision to play at No.7 when he could have easily batted at No.4 in absence of Suresh Raina.

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Halfway stage in IPL: No Suresh Raina or Harbhajan Singh

The two cricketers have been part of Indian Premier League since its inception in 2008. But little did anyone know that both the cricketers will return home for varied personal reasons. Fans have been asking for the comeback of Raina to help CSK resurrect but the franchise will reportedly revoke his contract.

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Halfway stage in IPL: Players and franchises to be taxed
We did not expect this to happen. But the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) stakeholders are likely to get stumped by the new taxation laws in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The player’s and franchisees’ earnings in UAE can be taxed as per the new taxation norms in the Middle East nation. As per the new Value, Added Tax Laws introduced in the year 2018 in UAE, any service provided in the nation is taxed. Under these norms, all player earnings in UAE are bound to be taxed.

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