Best Moments in IPL 2019: The Sportsrush present before you Top Five heartening moments from the 12th season of Indian Premier League.
The recently concluded 12th season of the Indian Premier League will be remembered in the times to come for it witnessed the first instance of a team registering their fourth IPL title. After defeating Chennai Super Kings by a solitary run, Mumbai Indians continued their streak of winning IPL titles in odd years (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019).
Having begun on March 23, the 50-day and 60-match long season witnessed multiple ups and lows. From being criticized for the mediocre standard of umpiring to be lauded for what some players did on the field, IPL 2019 gave us memories related to varying fields.
With the season done and dusted now, it is an apposite time to recall some of the most memorable moments of IPL 2019.
Best Moments in IPL 2019
David Warner’s comeback
During the second match of the ongoing 12th season of the Indian Premier League between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad at Kolkata, Sunrisers Hyderabad opening batsman scored his first of nine 50+ scores this season. In what wasn’t just another half-century, it was an innings which saw him announcing his comeback in style in the tournament.
Banned from major tournaments for nearly a year, Warner didn’t give the impression that he was making a comeback. The fact that the southpaw ended up as the Orange Cup winner in IPL 2019 tell how well he played despite a one-year hiatus.
Children to the forefront
Be it Warner, Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings vice-captain Suresh Raina, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma or Delhi Capitals opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan IPL 2019 was graced by these cricketing greats being duly supported by their children from the stands.
These players (and some others) were often seen engaging with their little ones both before and after the match. Watch some of the tweets on the same below:
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2019
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 17, 2019
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) April 12, 2019
DHONI Playing with Ziva and Gracia After Yesterday’s Match 😍💛 pic.twitter.com/cILrkPUFXM
— DHONIsm™ ❤️ (@DHONIism) May 11, 2019
MS Dhoni rewinds the clock
During the 39th match of the ongoing 12th season of the Indian Premier League between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings at Bengaluru, Dhoni turned the clock back to refresh memories of his batting from his earlier days.
Needing 26 runs from the last over, Dhoni hit a boundary and three sixes off Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler Umesh Yadav to reduce the equation to needing two runs in the last over. Although in a losing effort, Dhoni ended up scoring 84* (48) with the help of five fours and seven sixes.
In what was a brutal assault against RCB’s bowling attack, Dhoni rewinding the clock highlighted that the 37-year old cricketer still has it in it to up the ante with the bat in hand.
Suresh Raina promotes ‘Spirit of Cricket’
During Qualifier 2 of IPL 2019 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals at Visakhapatnam, Suresh Raina was seen tying Shikhar Dhawan’s shoelaces on the ground. After the video of the same was posted across IPL’s social media handles, it went viral on the internet with fans eulogizing Raina for his gesture.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 2019
Jasprit Bumrah expresses sympathy to Quinton de Kock
On the penultimate delivery of the penultimate over of IPL 2019 final last night, Ravindra Jadeja missed a short delivery off Jasprit Bumrah. In what should have been a dot ball, MI wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock let the ball pass in between his gloves to give four byes to the opposition.
With the equation reduced from needing 13 runs off seven balls to nine runs off the last over, MI had given away a certain advantage. Given the importance of a dot ball, any bowler would have been furious with the wicket-keeper in the general run of things.
However, a composed Bumrah went up to the wicket-keeper to hug and console him. Bumrah’s gesture probably came after him realizing that the match isn’t over and that de Kock’s morale shouldn’t wither away before the last over.
Brilliant calmness under pressure from Mumbai. Bumrah’s gesture when De Kock missed the last ball and it went for 4 Byes showed his maturity and calmness and Rohit also handled the pressure extremely well. Well tried Chennai. But congratulations Mumbai on a 4th title #MIvCSK
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 12, 2019
If you’re a young player and looking at Bumrah as an idol, don’t just look at his bowling. Look closely at his reaction to De Kock and Chahar’s slip ups. It’s not just the game you play, it’s how you play the game 🙌
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) May 12, 2019
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