After all lot of ifs and buts, IPL 2020 is all set to be played once again in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Who would have thought that the 13th edition of the IPL will be played outside India this year? The BCCI has finally decided to conduct the IPL later this year from September 19- November 8. The 3 venues for the most successful T20 league will be Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai.
In 2014 the first phase of the IPL took place in UAE considering the general elections taking place in India. We saw packed houses at all the stadiums and in the end, it turned to be a breakthrough to play the league in UAE. The first 20 matches of IPL 2014 was contested in UAE, but this time the complete season will take place outside India due to the insane COVID-19 pandemic spike in the country.
But how did the teams performed 6 years ago in their matches in the Arabian desert country?
We take a look and review how all the 8 IPL teams performed in 2014 the last time they played in the gulf of UAE:
1. Kolkata Knight Riders
Eventual champions Kolkata Knight Riders had a shocking start in the 2014 IPL. In the 5 league matches, they played in UAE to managed to win only 2 and lost 3. KKR’s skipper Gautam Gambhir was badly out of form that reflected in the team’s performances in the beginning.
However, once the league came back to India KKR got their mojo back and dominated all teams. In the final against KXIP in 2014 they chased down 200 and lifted their second IPL crown.