The remaining games of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place in the United Arab Emirates in mid-September.
The decision was made by the BCCI during its Special General Meeting on Saturday.
With IPL 2021 moving to the UAE, this article aims to look at five batters who can possibly benefit from the change in conditions.
Here’s a look at 5 batsmen who will have an advantage with second phase of IPL 2021 being shifted to the UAE:
Quinton de Kock (MI)
While we still don’t know whether the South African players will be available for the second phase of the IPL, if they do, then Mumbai Indians stumper could benefit from the remaining phase of the competition taking place in the United Arab Emirates.
De Kock was in cracking form during the last season of the Indian Premier League which took place in the UAE in its entirety.
The swashbuckling opener played a plethora of match-winning knocks and often laid the cornerstone for the engine-room [middle-order] to take over.
In 16 games, Quinton de Kock smashed 503 runs at an average of 35.92 and a strike rate of 140.50 with four 50+ scores. De Kock struggled on sluggish pitches in Chennai during the first half of IPL 2021 but he was slowly coming into his own after the Mumbai Indians shifted to batting-friendly tracks in Delhi.
The defending champions will hope that the Proteas cricketer emulates his feat of IPL 2020 in the upcoming second phase of the 14th season.