New venues, new tactics, new experience
In 2020, a new twist in the form of a pandemic has made this most lucrative of tournaments even more unpredictable.
The majority of players in each franchise haven't played competitive cricket since March. The tournament itself is being played at three neutral venues, nullifying the players' familiarity with Indian conditions. The absence of crowds, a natural source of energy in sport, will be deafening in the empty desert bowls of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Stephen Fleming admits there is no home game this time. Every match, the CSK - Chennai head coach says, will be like an "away game". While franchises say they've never had a say in pitch-making in the IPL in any case, teams have had some influence on the nature of tracks, which created a home advantage. One crucial factor behind the Super Kings' success - three-times champions and the only team to make the playoffs in every edition they've played in - has been their ability to extract home advantage at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The same goes for four-time champions MI - Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium.
Source : espn Cricinfo