IPL 2020: Prediction Results

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Altroz, the symbol of IPL 2020

All good things come to an end.

Well, well, well – the IPL 2020 festivities have finally come to a close and yet again, the Mumbai Indians emerged as the winner—wait for it—for the 5th time!

Their ability to win consistently is remarkable. The way they were playing, Mumbai Indians winning might be the only predictable event that has occurred in 2020.

The Predictions

Speaking of predictions, we asked our Twitter followers to predict the IPL result and award winners with #IPLPredictions at the start of IPL 2020. Here were the categories:

  • #Champions
  • #OrangeCap
  • #PurpleCap
  • #FairPlay
  • #EmergingPlayer
  • #SurprisePackage

We will reveal who was the closest in their IPL Predictions. Read till the end for poll results conducted at the end of the tournament and surprises.

The Actual Results

The way it turned out, Mumbai Indians swept the awards, even winning the Fairplay Award! Interestingly, they won without winning the Orange Cap, Purple Cap, and the MVP.

Although other teams like RR, KXIP, RCB, and DC had match winners who won awards here, only MI could find consistent performances from most of their members throughout the competition.

In any case, here are the results:

ChampionsMumbai Indians
Most Valuable PlayerJofra Archer (RR)
Orange CapKL Rahul (KXIP)
Purple CapKagiso Rabada (DC)
Emerging PlayerDevdutt Padikkal (RCB)
Fairplay AwardMumbai Indians
Super StrikerKieron Pollard (MI)
Let’s Crack It (Most Sixes)Ishan Kishan (MI)
Power PlayerTrent Boult (MI)
IPL 2020 Awards

And The Winner Is…

The time has come to announce the winners. (*Drumroll*)

*Note: Sam Curran was the deemed to the winner from the Surprise Package guesses

AwardsChampionsOrange CapPurple CapFair PlayEmerging PlayerSurprise Package
My Predictions
(0/6)
KKRMayank AgarwalRashid KhanDCRavi BishnoiAnrich Nortje
Aviral Rai
(2/6)
CSKKL Rahul✅Yuzi
Chahal
SRHDevdutt Padikkal✅Balwant Rai/Shahbaz Ahmad (RCB)
Pratyush
(0/6)
SRHWarnerRashid KhanCSKAbdul SamadIsuru
Udana
JustCricket
(2/6)
DCVirat
Kohli
Kagiso Rabada✅CSKDevdutt Padikkal✅Josh Philippe
Ansh Sharma
(1/6)
DCKL Rahul✅Ravi
Ashwin
CSK Yashashwi JaiswalDaniel
Sams
Rahul Kumar
(1/6)
KXIPKL Rahul✅Rashid KhanCSKRavi BishnoiDan
Sams
Sourabh Sanyal
(2/6)
MI✅KOHLI/
KL ✅
Chahal/
Narine/
Rashid
SRH/CSKYashasviNagarkoti
Crazy Anand
(2/6)
SRHKL Rahul✅Rashid KhanDCAbdul SamadSam
Curran ✅
Ganesh giri srt
(0/6)
SRHWarnerRashidSRHYashasviRutherford
CricIndeed 
(1/6)
KXIPKL Rahul✅Imran
Tahir
DCShubman GillHardus Viljoen
Mohd Shamir Ansari 
(0/6)
DCVirat KohliRashid KhanRRYashasvi JaiswalAlex
Carey
The Hundred Report
(0/6)
SRHKane WilliamsonAdam ZampaKXIPRiyan ParagMoeen
(I believe!)
Sourav 
(0/6)
KKRKL Rahul✅Y ChahalSRHShubman GillKamlesh Nagarkoti
Vandit
(4/6)
MI✅KL Rahul✅Mohammad ShamiCSKDevdutt Padikkal✅Sam
Curran ✅
IPL 2020 Predictions

And the winner was Vandit with 4/6 guesses correct! From Twitter, Sourabh Sanyal, JustCricket, Crazy Anand, and Aviral Rai – all got 2/6. Congratulations!

There were some close guesses with CSK ending #2 in the FairPlay and DC/SRH coming 2nd/3rd in the overall competition respectively.

Great work everybody!

*The Cricket Scholar was right – RCB did not make it while Dan Cricket‘s “Delhi Daredevils” also almost made it. Only if they had changed their name back…

Twitter Polls

We decided to spice things up with some polls at the end of the tournament. Some interesting questions and responses! Let us know what you think in the comments below and wait till you get to #5.

1. Emerging Players and Surprise Package

Although Padikkal was by far the most consistent, the likes of Ravi Bishnoi and Riyan Parag, the trios of Abdul Samad-Priyam Garg-Abhishek Sharma from SRH, and Kamlesh Nagarkoti-Shivam Mavi-Prasidh Krishna from KKR caught the eye.

In terms of surprise packages, Tewatia, Anrich Nortje, and Natarajan unexpectedly came to the party apart from Sam Curran.

2. The one that Bamboozled and the Wow Factor

There were some things that completely bamboozled us. The reality finally caught up with CSK’s Dad Army, while the fielding ranged from mind boggling acrobatics to utterly poor drops.

The most discussed topic that perplexed everybody?

Why has Suryakumar Yadav (SKY) not made the Indian squad yet?

In addition, there were some WOW moments as well—Tewatia’s cracker of an innings, Saha turning around SRH’s campaign, Stokes with that century as an opener, and Stoinis finally coming to the IPL party. What was your moment of the IPL?

3. The Benchwarmers and Saddest sight of IPL 2020

Now to the broken cricket dreams of IPL 2020. Although the likes of Rahane, Gayle, Tahir, and Ferguson got to showcase their skills at the end of the tournament, some never got a chance to play. David Miller (run out without facing a ball) and Chris Lynn startled me the most.

On the other hand, there were some sad sights as well. Once feared, a smiling Dale Steyn without venom was very hard to watch this time. It might be the end of his career, Maxwell’s IPL journey—and the end of CSK as we know it.

4. Sam Curran

And we are back to Sam Curran. He could do everything. Opened the batting, finished the innings, opened the bowling, bowled at the death, and even took some great catches.

Which Sam Curran did you like the best?

The day is not too far when Sam Curran takes the wicketkeeping gloves as well.

5. The Real Surprise Package

Here is the real winner of IPL 2020 – Pashchim Pathak!

Conclusion

Cricket is unpredictable, and predicting the unpredictable even more so. So do not be disheartened if your predictions did not match the final outcome. IPL 2021 is around the corner, so you always have another chance!

The beauty in cricket is the uncertainty. You never know when a struggling Tewatia can hit it out the park for five sixes, or if you miss a World Cup trophy by the barest of margins.

What is in our control though is to sit back, relax, and appreciate the fickle nature of this game.

Cricket is unpredictable. 2020 might have been unpredictable. Life is definitely unpredictable. Let us be grateful and enjoy each moment.

COVID has turned the world upside down. This pandemic has impacted almost everybody and has given us nothing but grief, despair, and uncertainty. The fact that IPL 2020 was completed without much external noise and disruptions is a tremendous effort from the organizers, the UAE, and the BCCI. Kudos to all the players, commentators, support staff, and everybody else that made this happen.

The 4 hours of joy and entertainment provided every day is exactly what the fans around the world needed in midst of a pandemic.

When life gives you 50 reasons to cry, it also provides 64 matches to smile about.

*56 league, 4 playoffs, and 4 Women T20 Challenge games

Coming up Soon!

Stay tuned for my IPL 2020 XIs, Broken Cricket Diary, and What I Learned from the IPL coming up in the next couple of days!

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I dreamt of being a No. 3 batsman saving test matches and hitting winning runs. Well, that did not exactly go to plan, but I have since become an avid follower of the game. As long as there is a live cricket, you can guarantee that I will be checking the scorecards, watching the game live on TV, and certainly, discussing the game and statistics with family and friends.

2 Comments

  1. My predictions for the tournament weren’t much better than yours, if not worse. My favourite moment of the tournament has to be that Tewatia innings v KXIP in the 1st week of the tournament

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