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Irfan Pathan Reckons Cricketers Were Hungry To Make IPL 2020 Competitive

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Irfan Pathan, the former Indian all-rounder, has opined that each one the cricketers being starved of cricket for an extended whereas as a result of coronavirus induced pandemic made them give their greatest, thereby making IPL 2020 essentially the most aggressive version of the league.

He made this remark within the current version of the Star Sports activities present — ‘Cricket Linked’.

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Irfan Pathan. Picture Credit score: Getty Photos.

Irfan Pathan Felt Cricketers And Groups Have been Hungry For Success

Irfan Pathan was requested in regards to the purpose behind cricket being so aggressive in IPL 2020. He responded that it was as a result of all of the gamers had been desirous to get again on the cricket area and carry out their greatest, drawing an analogy to an individual who’s starved of meals.

“I really feel all of the cricketers and all of the groups had been very hungry. In case you are hungry and also you don’t get meals, the state of affairs was the identical for all of them. And if you get meals after a very long time, what is going to you do, you’ll attempt to eat the meals of 4-5 days collectively though that doesn’t occur,” Irfan Pathan stated.

He added that the cricketers had not seen a lot motion for a couple of months particularly since lockdowns had been imposed as a result of coronavirus pandemic leading to cancellation and postponements of cricketing occasions earlier than the IPL and thus confirmed their predator instincts on the sphere.

“However one thing like that occurred with the groups. They didn’t get to play cricket for 4-5 months, they had been in a lockdown and so they got here like hungry lions to the bottom and gave their greatest efficiency,” he added.

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Rajasthan Royals. Picture Credit score: IPL.

Irfan Pathan identified that issues might have gone fallacious because the cricketers had been enjoying within the IPL after an extended hiatus and that the results might be noticed in a few of the preliminary fielding lapses.

“Lots of issues might have gone fallacious there however that didn’t occur. Everybody confirmed their health in a superb trend. You possibly can see the affect on the fielding initially however after that the best way all of the groups picked up type.”

IPL 2020 grew to become essentially the most aggressive ever as bottom-placed Rajasthan Royals had 6 wins and completed on 12 factors which stand because the highest-ever surpassing IPL 2018 and IPL 2019. All the opposite editions noticed the bottom-placed group having lower than 10 factors.

Irfan Pathan: Everybody Gave Finest Performances, And Even Final Staff Had 12 Factors

Left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan noticed that the cricketers had put up their greatest performances ahead after the preliminary few hiccups and stood out in all three departments be it bowling, batting or fielding.

“Whether or not you speak about fielding, the sensible yorkers and nice bowling by the likes of Bumrah, Rabada or spinners like Chahal, everybody gave their greatest performances and even in batting we acquired to see so many sixes. We additionally acquired to see the document of 1000 sixes by Chris Gayle on this IPL as effectively.”

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Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal. Phot Credit score: IPL/BCCI.

Irfan Pathan highlighted that even the last-placed group Rajasthan Royals had been in with an opportunity to qualify for the playoffs until their final encounter. He concluded by iterating that the match had turned out to be so aggressive as a result of all of the cricketers waited eagerly for cricket to renew after the induced break.

“And you bought to see the last-placed group with 12 factors on this IPL solely and it’s potential that if that they had performed yet one more match higher, they may have additionally certified. So the competitors stage was wonderful however I really feel the one purpose for that’s that each one the cricketers had been like hungry lions, who had been ready for cricket to begin,” Irfan Pathan remarked.

The aggressive nature of IPL 2020 might be ascertained by the truth that solely the eventual winners Mumbai Indians had certified for the playoffs earlier than the penultimate match of the league part.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to e book their spot within the knockout stage solely within the final match of the preliminary stage by beating Mumbai Indians by 10 wickets, knocking out Kolkata Knight Riders within the course of.

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