After the fifth Test between England and India got canceled, the focus now shifts on the IPL 2021 tournament, the second phase of which begins in the UAE from September 19 onwards. Indian players have reached the UAE and some England players will also reach soon to join their franchises.
The 2nd phase of the season kicks off next Sunday (September 19), with defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a blockbuster tie. The two teams have a combined 8 IPL titles to their name and the fans always love to see the Rohit Sharma-MS Dhoni clash in the IPL.
Star Sports has already released a promo for the opening game. Now the official broadcaster has also revealed the names of the commentators who will be helping built the excitement of the IPL matches and giving the fans what is going on the field.
Replying to users on Twitter, Star Sports named star-studded Hindi and English commentary panels.
Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel, and Aakash Chopra are some of the big names in the Hindi comm box. Other commentators in Hindi include- Jatin Sapru, Suren Sundaram, Nikhil Chopra, Tanya Purohit, and Kiran More.
Interesting thing is that Kiran More and Parthiv Patel are both currently employed as talent scouts for the Mumbai Indians franchise.
The English commentary panel has stalwarts like Harsha Bhogle, Sunil Gavaskar, Anjum Chopra, Ian Bishop, and Danny Morrison amongst others. Other commentators include- L Sivaramakrishnan, Murali Kartik, Deep Dasgupta, Alan Wilkins, Mpumelelo Mbangwa, Nicholas Knight, Simon Doull, Matthew Hayden & Kevin Pietersen.
The UAE is slated to host a total of 31 IPL matches in September-October. The league stage of the tournament ends on October 8, with Royal Challengers Bangalore taking on Delhi Capitals.
The first Qualifier is to be played on October 10 in Dubai. The Eliminator will take place on October 11. The second qualifier will be held on October 13. The final will take place on October 15 in Dubai.