Vivo IPL 2021: Season fourteen is just about to make its conclusion as 59 matches are already completed and CSK will square off against KKR in the final tonight to wrap up the tournament. The former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar seems to be unimpressed with the quality of cricket being displayed in the ongoing season. Manjrekar feels that most of the big players in the IPL 2021 were out of form and several have moved ahead of their prime touch, which resulted in the matches ending with a “bizarre turnaround.”
In conversation with ESPNcricinfo, the former cricketer opined that due to the huge gap between consistent players and the ordinary performers in the IPL 2021 which prompted him to think of the IPL in a unique way.
“I’ve followed the IPL very closely, but this has been a very unique IPL. Because we have seen some quality players, but we have also seen a large number of guys who are either ability-wise quite ordinary to begin with or players who are past their prime. So, we have seen a lot of those kinds of players in the IPL and we have seen some bizarre results and performances,” Manjrekar said.
The renowned commentator even termed IPL season fourteen as ‘the most frustrating IPL season ever,’ as a couple of teams slipped down from a comfortable position and took their teams to the tricky ending.
“You’ve got these very good players and then there is a huge chunk of out-of-form players, players past their prime and players with ability that you wonder they belong here. And that is the reason why we’ve seen so many bizarre ends and turn-arounds. This has been, for me, the most frustrating IPL to watch,” he added.
If we look at the qualifier two of the Vivo IPL 2021 between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Wednesday, the latter team had a good upper hand to seal the match convincingly, however, the KKR middle order collapsed during the need of the hour and nearly lost the game to DC.
Delhi scalped five match-turning wickets by conceding five runs. KKR lost its third wicket in 125 runs and was reduced to 130 runs in the loss of seven wickets. It was Rahul Tripathi’s six which came to rescue his side and took KKR over the line, otherwise, the match would have gone in the bag of Delhi Capitals (DC) out of nowhere.