IPL 2021 Dates & Schedule

The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to commence from 9th April 2021. The Governing Council of IPL along with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are amidst the planning stage and are soon going to finalize the tentative dates of the 14th edition of IPL.

DATE & DAYMATCHTIME (IST)VENUE
April 9, FridayMumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 PMChennai
April 10, SaturdayChennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals7:30 PMMumbai
April 11, SundaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders7:30 PMChennai
April 12, MondayRajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings7:30 PMMumbai
April 13, TuesdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians7:30 PMChennai
April 14, WednesdaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 PMChennai
April 15, ThursdayRajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals7:30 PMMumbai
April 16, FridayPunjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings7:30 PMMumbai
April 17, SaturdayMumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad7:30 PMChennai
April 18, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders3:30 PMChennai
April 18, SundayDelhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings7:30 PMMumbai
April 19, MondayChennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 PMMumbai
April 20, TuesdayDelhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians7:30 PMChennai
April 21, WednesdayPunjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad3:30 PMChennai
April 21, WednesdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings7:30 PMMumbai
April 22, ThursdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 PMMumbai
April 23, FridayPunjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians7:30 PMChennai
April 24, SaturdayRajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders7:30 PMMumbai
April 25, SundayChennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore3:30 PMMumbai
April 25, SundaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals7:30 PMChennai
April 26, MondayPunjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders7:30 PMAhmedabad
April 27, TuesdayDelhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 PMAhmedabad
April 28, WednesdayChennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad7:30 PMDelhi
April 29, ThursdayMumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals3:30 PMDelhi
April 29, ThursdayDelhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders7:30 PMAhmedabad
April 30, FridayPunjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 PMAhmedabad
May 1, SaturdayMumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings7:30 PMDelhi
May 2, SundayRajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad3:30 PMDelhi
May 2, SundayPunjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals7:30 PMAhmedabad
May 3, MondayKolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 PMAhmedabad
May 4, TuesdaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians7.30 PMDelhi
May 5, WednesdayRajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings7.30 PMDelhi
May 6, ThursdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings7.30 PMAhmedabad
May 7, FridaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings7.30 PMDelhi
May 8, SaturdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals3.30 PMAhmedabad
May 8, SaturdayRajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians7.30 PMDelhi
May 9, SundayChennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings3.30 PMBengaluru
May 9, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad7.30 PMKolkata
May 10, MondayMumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders7.30 PMBengaluru
May 11, TuesdayDelhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals7.30 PMKolkata
May 12, WednesdayChennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders7.30 PMBengaluru
May 13, ThursdayMumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings3.30 PMBengaluru
May 13, ThursdaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals7.30 PMKolkata
May 14, FridayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals7.30 PMKolkata
May 15, SaturdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings7.30 PMBengaluru
May 16, SundayRajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore3.30 PMKolkata
May 16, SundayChennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians7.30 PMBengaluru
May 17, MondayDelhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad7.30 PMKolkata
May 18, TuesdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals3.30 PMBengaluru
May 19, WednesdaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings3.30 PMBengaluru
May 20, ThursdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians7.30 PMKolkata
May 21, FridayKolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad3.30 PMBengaluru
May 21, FridayDelhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings7.30 PMKolkata
May 22, SaturdayPunjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals7.30 PMBengaluru
May 23, SundayMumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals3.30 PMKolkata
May 23, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings7.30 PMKolkata
May 25, TuesdayQUALIFIER 17.30 PMAhmedabad
May 26, WednesdayELIMINATOR7.30 PMAhmedabad
May 28, FridayQUALIFIER 27.30 PMAhmedabad
May 30, SundayFINAL7.30 PMAhmedabad

As per a reliable source at BCCI, the 14th season of IPL is going to start on 11th April and will end around 5th/6th June 2021.

The BCCI official expressed that the final decision will be taken by IPL GC but 11th April is the tentative date to start IPL 2021. The series against England finishes in March and players will get a good break with the 11th April start for IPL 2021.

Last year, the IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to start from 29 March 2020 but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown imposed in the country.

The BCCI later successfully hosted the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between 19 September and 10 November 2020.

The record-breaking season acted as a way of entertainment for cricket fans all over the world in a time where every other sporting event was at halt. Mumbai Indians were able to successfully defend the title by defeating Delhi Capitals in a 5 wicket win in the Final of IPL 2020.

Before the much-awaited tournament starts, everyone’s eyes will be on the Player Auction that is to be conducted on 18th of February 2021 in Chennai.  There are some big players that will go under the hammer including Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Jason Roy, Karun Nair and Umesh Yadav.

It is to be noted that the BCCI will be wary of Indian team suffering from many injuries and having to play many debutants in the recent Border-Gavaskar trophy played between India and Australia. Players like Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma were injured in the IPL, whereas many players like Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja got injured while playing in the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

The coaching staff and BCCI have been managing the workload of players and we could possibly see some of the all-format players being rested in the limited-overs leg of the India-England series that is to be played in India to monitor fitness and fatigue.

With the COVID-19 situation improving in India, BCCI is trying its best to conduct the IPL in India this year and are quite optimistic about pulling it off.

It will be interesting to see where BCCI conducts the IPL to maintain the bubble. There are rumors that the  BCCI is looking at three stadiums in Mumbai to host the league stage and possibly shift to Ahmedabad for knockouts. The proposed venues are Brabourne Stadium, Wankhede Stadium and DY Patil Sports Stadium.

If BCCI successfully hosts IPL in India, it will set a good precedent for conducting the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in the later half of 2021 and other home tournaments including the prestigious Border-Gavaskar Trophy at home.