The best IPL ever?

In 2008, the IPL was said to be the best thing to have happened to global cricket. Since then, every edition has been tom-tommed as “the best IPL ever.” And the 2020 tournament was no different.

But while the global coronavirus outbreak made this year’s IPL most challenging for both the organisers and the participants, to refer to the tournament as “the best” in terms of the quality of cricket would be a gross misrepresentation of what happened on the field.

Those forced to hype the IPL year after year tried their best to point out the fact that the difference between the third- and eighth-placed teams was just two points and that Sunrisers Hyderabad edged out Kolkata Knight Riders for the fourth and final spot in the playoffs through a 0.042 difference in net run rate.

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