Cricket has always been a vital part of India, and the Indian Premier League (IPL) is like an annual trip. Millions watch this month-long event on their television sets and smartphones, at the same time as others can get tickets to watch the matches live.
The schedule of the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League is out, the four-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians is taking up the three-time winners Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming game in Abu Dhabi on September 19. Sharjah will see its first game of Rajasthan Royals with Chennai Super Kings on September 22.
There was lots of delay in the schedule due to the 13 staff members in the Chennai Super Kings tested positive for the coronavirus. The reports of the Chennai Super Kings players are now COVID negative, MS Dhoni’s started their preparation for the match in Dubai.
The IPL has continually taken place in the summer months of March, April, and May. This year turned into additionally speculated to be the same. Then the COVID pandemic happened which leads to the locked-down of countries, economies crisis, public gatherings were prohibited, and so were live sporting events.
It’s only in the last month or two that the live sports activities returned, only to be played at empty stadiums with strict precautions in area. The IPL will take place in the UAE from September to November.
Each year, the IPL releases an anthem earlier than it begins to build up hype around itself. This time’s anthem holds extra relevance than ever, thinking about the dual setbacks Coronavirus and the economic crisis we are reeling from.
The anthem was released on September 6, 2020, it’s a 93-second rap anthem called ‘Aayenge Hum Wapas’. A line goes, “Ab milkar he saamna karenge. Yeh wali match sab Saath main ladenge…” The video aims to showcase the prevailing situation and the way we will make a comeback together. Pranav Ajay Rao Malpe was credited by the Twitter handle of Hotstar USA for composing the IPL anthem.
The new anthem is just a few days old but has already fallen into controversy. Rapper ‘Krsna’ has claimed on Twitter, “IPL has plagiarized my song ‘Dekh Kaun Aaya Waapas’ and created ‘Aayenge Hum Wapas’ as the IPL anthem for 2020, without credit or consent.” The IPL hasn’t responded to these allegations yet.