Dream11 IPL 2020 Final- MI beat DC by 5 wickets & win IPL Trophy 5 times in History
BCCI President, one SC Ganguly hands over the IPL trophy to Rohit Sharma, who carries it to his team. Rohit has disappeared into the background, and the younger members of the side have occupied the front row.And off go the pyrotechnics in the background! My colleagues remind me that these are actual flames going off in the background and not fireworks. I’m sure it’s not a fire hazard. (Fireproof) Confetti of gold all over the place and all manner of frivolity as Mumbai Indians bask in the glory of another title!
Teams finishing top of points table winning IPL
RR in 2008
MI in 2017
MI in 2019
MI in 2020
Fewest players used by a team an IPL season
14 CSK (2015) – finished 2nd
15 MI (2018) – finished 5th
15 MI (2020) – champions
16 KKR (2018) – finished 3rd
Indian players winning Orange Cap
Sachin Tendulkar 618 runs in 2010
Robin Uthappa 660 runs in 2014
Virat Kohli 973 runs in 2016
KL Rahul 670 runs in 2020
Jofra Archer – the first instance of an IPL Player of the Series/MVP coming from the side which finished bottom of the points table.
Rohit Sharma | MI (winning) captain (Receives a cheque of INR 20,00,00,000) I’ quite happy with how things went the whole season. We said at the start that we need the winning habit. We couldn’t have asked for anything more, right on the money from ball 1 and we never looked back. I think a lot of credit goes to the people who worked behind the scenes – often they go unnoticed. Our work started long before the IPL started, and we wanted to make sure we filled the gaps in previous seasons. I had to find the balance to get the best out of them. I’m not someone who can run behind them with a stick, and it’s important to instil confidence in the players. Krunal, Hardik and Pollard have done their job for a long time, they know their roles. Rahul missed out today, and we need to make sure we put an arm around him and assure him that he didn’t do anything wrong and that it was a tactical move. We made sure Ishan and Surya had confidence – just have to let Ishan loose, and Surya is a more matured player. The kind of form he was in, I should have sacrificed my wicket for Surya. But throughout the tournament he has played some incredible shots. Unfortunately we couldn’t have the fans at the stadium. We missed playing at the Wankhede and hopefully we can get back there next year.
Mahela Jayawardene | MI coach (receives the winners’ memento on behalf of the team): It was a tough tournament. There were a lot of superstitions about odd years. I have to congratulate Ricky and his team, they have had a great season and they were a tough opponent today. WE had a great preparation, and we tried to manage them well and ensure they didn’t overdo or underdo any of the work. Big-hitting has been in MI’s DNA for a long time. We have tried to bring in the touch play a little bit to balance it out. Credit to the management who bought into our ideas and that helped create history today. It’s all about helping the team preparation-wise and explain their roles to them. We have a good leadership group out there, and a great support staff who have helped them out. The boys have seen my not-so-soft side, but the group has worked off-season, and today is the culmination of all of the hard work.
Shreyas Iyer | DC (runners-up) captain (collects a cheque of INR12,50,00,000): Ricky, the amount of freedom he gives us is outstanding. THe way he motivates players is simply amazing. His team meetings and motivational speeches it quite incredible. The IPL always amazes you, it’s one of the toughest leagues to play. I’m overwhelmed to be part of it, and I’m really proud of my boys, the way they have played to reach the final, it’s not easy. Winning the IPL would have been better, but we will see to it that we lift the trophy next year. I would like to thank our fans, and we’re thankful for all the support that has been showered on us throughout the season.
Ricky Ponting | Delhi Capitals coach, collects a runners-up memento: MI have been the best team, they’ve beaten us 4 times. Being coach it’s a little frustrating in the dugout but at the end of the day I’m really proud of the job the boys have done. Iyer is a brilliant player, captain and person. He’s definitely grown in stature in the last 12 months. Hopefully we can work together a bit more in the future. We probably had 3.5 weeks of prep before the tournament, so we had a little too much preparation. We had a really challenging tour, I was sceptical about leaving Australia but the organizers have done a terrific job. I think we have the youngest squad in the tournament and I’m extremely proud of them.
The match referee Javagal Srinath and umpires, Nithin Menon and Chris Gaffaney collect their mementos. KN Ananthapadmanabhan and Anil Chowdhry collect mementos as well.
Jofra Archer | Most Valuable Player (20 wickets, 175 dots, 5 catches, 10 sixes): Really grateful to receive the award. It didn’t go as well for the team, and hopefully this has shown what I can do and I hope it helps the team a little more later.
KL Rahul | Orange Cap (Most runs: 670, Avg: 55.83, SR 129.34, 58 fours, 23 sixes): A big thank you to all the supporters. Winning the orange cap feels nice, but it would’ve been nicer if we had gone further in the tournament. However I got to learn a lot about being a leader this tournament.
Kagiso Rabada | Purple Cap (Most wickets: 30, ER: 8.34, Avg: 18.26, SR: 13.13)
Trent Boult is the “Powerplayer” of the season, for his incredible performance within the powerplay overs, winning the award five times this season.
Ishan Kishan wins the award for the most sixes this season – he’s clubbed 30 of them across the boundary!
Kieron Pollard is the super-striker of the season, with the highest strike-rate of 191.42 this season. Another award into the MI kitty.
KL Rahul is the “game-changer” of the season – Hardik Pandya receives the award on KL’s behalf.
Mumbai Indians win the Fairplay award too – Rohit Sharma comes and collects the award. MI have looted everything this season!
Devdutt Padikkal | Emerging Player (473 runs, 5 fifties, SR: 124.8) Ishan Kishan proxies for young Devdutt, receives the award on his behalf: It’s a really great achievement for me and gives me great confidence for whatever lies ahead.
Trent Boult | Man of the Final: Some days I do like the powerplay. It’s been a good few months, giving the franchise a good start. With everything going on, I’ve been welcomed in the side. To have made it across the line, it’s been worth it. I wasn’t aware of the talk, but I did have a niggle coming into the match. I wanted to be on the stage and happy I came through. I’d like to say I’m relatively experiened. Just another match, and I was clear what I had to do. Tried to take a few early wickets, swing the new ball a little bit, that’s been my role in the side.
Robin Singh | MI Assistant Coach: It’s always nice to be behind the scenes and contribute to some of the best guys on the field. Ishan has grown in stature, wish him well and I’m pretty sure he will be part of the Indian team in the near future. We do celebrate, but we don’t show it as such.
Kieron Pollard: It’s a great feeling, means a lot. Fifth trophy.. Have been here for 11 years. We have a quiet celebration. He is a different West Indian. He goes at 6am to the gym. The amount of trophies, the amount of talent that’s there, you can say MI is the best T20 team going around. The management, the support staff, the effort they put in to make. Dwayne Bravo you are behind me now (about number of T20 titles), I have to say that on camera (smiles).
Jayant Yadav: Just happy to win the title. Great feeling to be a champion side for two consecutive years. Shows the strength of the franchise. It’s the effort you put in throughout the season. It’s a long tournament and you have to be professional and on your toes. It’s about working constantly throughout the season. It’s part and parcel of playing in this league. There’ll be small-small battles you have to fight. Small matchups.
Rahul Chahar: Feels great. Me not playing isn’t important, winning is. I feel great to have contributed to us coming first. I can bowl quick, bowl slow and I have the variations as well. It takes me half an hour for this hairstyle before the match.
Nathan Coulter-Nile – Felt good as a first time winner. Patto bowled beautifully, so I was happy to sit on the sidelines and wait for a chance, which it came. Felt started doing well towards the end of the tournament.
Quinton de Kock: Missing the family is difficult for everyone. It’s a great feeling. You see what it means to the franchise (Nita Ambani unknowingly interrupts and apologises with a smile knowing an interview was going on). There were questions around if MI can we win back to back titles. Everybody worked extra hard. The support staff and everyone, we couldn’t have done it without them. It’s pretty special.
Ishan Kishan: I wasn’t looking in good shape at the start of this season, so I had a good chat with Hardik bhai and Krunal bhai, I wanted to work on my fitness, just keep working on my off-side game. Wanted to do what was good for the team with the bat and score big runs.
Hardik Pandya: I enjoy what I do. For me it was about opportunity. Wasn’t able to bowl this year. It’s just about backing myself. As Krunal said it’s all about preparation and we did really well in that bracket.
Krunal Pandya: It’s the hunger to be at the top always. We never take any game lightly and in every game there was always that 100% effort. Even back in Mumbai we prepared hard, we came one month early, everyone knew their roles and everyone was just going out there and executing what they were doing in the nets. There was never a doubt about Ishan Kishan’s talent. He was ready to listen and ready to improve. All credit goes to him for how he came back in this season, It isn’t easy to bat at four, then open and come back to four. Really really happy about how he has gone about this season.
Surya: It’s an amazing feeling. Before coming here we had a chat in the bus and the team meetings that we have won tournaments in alternate years – odd years – we wanted to break that jinx and create history. Here it is. Backroom staff have been amazing throughout. Preparation, process and routines are very important and they just said one thing – we’ll take care of all this and you just go out there, express yourself, just enjoy and do what you do best. Rohit was batting very well at that moment. Most importantly he has been anchoring the innings a lot since first game. I don’t mind sacrificing my wicket for him at all.
Jasprit Bumrah: Very happy, we have worked very hard, we started preparing much earlier before other teams, we worked through process, all of which has got us a lot of results. We wanted to break the jinx of winning every alternative years – the goal has been achieved now. It means a great deal (about playing the IPL), the pandemic has been such a shock, everyone have been stuck at home. We are just grateful to come back and play cricket, something we love. We are just happy we could bring back some smiles to the people back home, give them some entertainment (for people watching at home), it’s been a tough few months. From the first game, I felt my rhythm was up but the last piece in the jig-saw puzzle was missing. When I bowled the super over here (against RCB), there was some anxiety going on towards the end, but when I bowled that superover, I felt I could execute against AB and Virat. Since then, my confidence went up, I just wanted to keep things simple and repeat the basics every time.
The Aftermath: Fatigue is a devious feeling – the gut-wrenching pain of a loss can result in inexplicable cramps, whereas the euphoria of a win can render it utterly useless. Here we have it – the former in a shade of blue, and the latter in, well, another shade of blue. They really must do something about that – if only to keep my monologues from falling apart. Voices have been echoing depressingly with the empty stands, the balls have been clunking into empty stands, but it’s all culminated in one of the more important finals in IPL history. Perhaps next time we should follow superstition and leave out the “13” bit. Just a side-note to the administrators for 2024.
Delhi Capitals | The almost-Cinderella story: My heavily duct-taped heart breaks for DC. With a solitary win in six games until Q1, every experiment magically worked out in Q2 – the lamb was cooked so well it came clean out of the bone. We should have known then, that it was all too good to last. It’s not quite the Cinderella story we needed. It’s as close to an effective cure for mind-numbing monotony, as it can possibly get. 13 years, a change in their moniker, jerseys, countless auctions, a rookie captain, and finally – they had an appearance in a final to show for it. One step further? Nah, after a solitary win in six matches, it was a little too good to be true – surprisingly, it’s been their quicks who took some serious stick and let them down today, as opposed to their spinners, who were economical. Kudos to Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant to put up a good total on the board after early setbacks – but it wasn’t quite enough on the night. They were simply out-muscled by However, in a universe where Chris Gayle is still churning out sixes, and Tahir still running marathons after every wicket, there was always hope. Fairy tales do exist – but not in 2020…
Mumbai Indians | The final feeling: It was quite clear Mumbai were familiar with the final feeling. QdK and Rohit just came at the DC bowlers, who didn’t know what hit them right at the beginning. They hit them where it hurt – their express-pacers. And from thereon, other than the melodrama in that Suryakumar runout, it was all Mumbai Indians. Their captain broke yet another jinx today, that of not scoring in finals, and took them home with a helping hand from young Ishan Kishan, who has truly come of age this IPL. As for Jasprit Bumrah, who’s out for an interview right now – he did mention he’d gladly trade his purple cap for the IPL trophy. The IPL final has been little more than a formality in the recent past, though seriously, who doesn’t like a good ol’ underdog story? It wouldn’t have been right if a performance that clinical didn’t bear the sweet fruit of victory.