Mumbai Indians stand on the verge of making it six in a row on Saturday evening in Abu Dhabi having secured victories in all their four meetings last season which had ended with a one-run victory in the finale.
IPL this time will be a low-scoring affair with fewer boundaries and smaller team totals hence bowling is all that will matter in deciding the fate of each team.
With just a few days left on the calendar before the tournament kicks off with all the glitz and glory in Abu Dhabi, we look at the winners and losers from those previous 20 matches of IPL 2014.
Thiem becomes first Austrian to win the US Open title but the second from his country to win a major after Thomas Muster who won the 1995 French Open title
Head coach Trevor Bayliss and the management will be heavily relying on the usual suspects to make an impactful campaign in the UAE while looking to find a solution for the middle-order.
Mumbai do have a solid team, certain to put them in the playoffs. They have a mighty batting lineup and equally strong bowling options to choose from despite the absence of Lasith Malinga.
Defeating third-seeded Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal on Saturday, Thiem gave himself another opportunity at a major haul with fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev standing as his only obstacle.
Both the stalwarts will be aiming to win their third major and hence equalling the tally of Angelique Kerber for the fourth-most Grand Slam titles among active players.
The three now stand on the verge of becoming the fourth woman in Open Era to win a major hence joining the elite group of Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong, and Clijsters.
A forgettable summer for the Serb, topped by the ill-fated incident at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on Sunday evening only further damaged the rise of Djokovic.
With Federer recovering from his damaged knee and Nadal opting to sit out of the tournament in a bid to return for the French Open later next month, Djokovic has the perfect opportunity to extend his grand slam tally to 18 - one behind the Spaniard and two behind the Swiss.
As the speculation over his next club begins to take shape and Barcelona attempting to every bit in their hands to stop the legend, we bring you some of the extraordinary numbers from Messi's glorious career at Camp Nou.
Drawing the outside edge of Azhar Ali's bat with a surprise short ball, Anderson became the first seam bowler in Test cricket history to take 600 wickets.
While the pandemic has been tough for most sportspersons across the globe, it has been a blessing in disguise for Rahul and Pant. Owing to the disruption it has caused to the cricket calendar, it has in someways urged Dhoni to take the big call.
With social distancing being the primary norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, BCCI SOP has disallowed fans from going to stadiums. Moreover, this time around IPL will be held in the UAE, far from its home fans.
In an exclusive conversation, Anjum Chopra talks about the decision to postpone the women's world cup, the prospect of a women's IPL and the present situation of women's cricket around the world.
Former India women's team captain Anjum Chopra that MS Dhoni "would have been around" if the IPL had happened in time.
England were well on course to folding Pakistan for a sub-par total, but some street-smart cricket from Rizwan frustrated the home attack. It hasn't been the first time that England have struggled to get rid of the tail-end lineup.
It will be quite a task for the team management to fill in Ben Stokes's gaps although, in his last two appearances, he played solely as a batsman.
The only other batsman who has garnered as much attention across formats as the Fab Four is Babar. And since 2018, Babar has outdone them all. No other batsman, in the last two years, with more than 500 runs, averages more than Babar's 65.5.
England next face Pakistan, a team stacked with promising and exciting new talent Babar Azam, and rich and impressive history on English soil.
West Indies's batting performance in the England series has been among their worst on tour since 2000, with the top-6 averaging just 28.66 with no century in the entire three-game series.
Trapping Kraigg Brathwaite with that incoming delivery in line with the middle stump, Broad, who was left "angry and gutted" over his omission from the Southampton opener, had his 500th wicket.
On Day 3 of the deciding Test, Broad picked up six wickets in seven overs - which also included the much-questioned five-wicket haul - across two innings to not just single-handedly leave West Indies on the ropes, but also take his career tally to 499 wickets.
It would be wrong to point out which captain gave how many match-winners to Team India. Both are legends of the game, both had different challenges ahead of them and both overcame them like leaders do, ultimately contributing towards the team.
Ben Stokes' imposing all-round performance, which included 254 runs and three wickets, was what stood as the difference between the two sides.
Since 2019, Stokes has been England's highest run-getter in Tests with 1355 runs in 16 Tests, averaging 52.11.
Ben Stokes may have not secured a victory in his captaincy debut, but there was more to his leadership than a few calls gone wrong.
Toss was never an issue, but a team can expect little about making an early impact in a match with a first-innings total of just 204.
Holder is the No.1 all-rounder in Test cricket, ahead of Stokes, and the third-ranked bowler after Cummins and New Zealand's Neil Wagner. And day 2 of the England series opener was among the very many reasons why.
On Wednesday morning, opener Dominic Sibley was dismissed only in the 10th ball of the game hence getting international cricket off to the most English starts.
Dhoni's ability to understand the most difficult situation and act aptly, denying perception, data and match-up analysis, has been the major reason behind CSK becoming arguably the best T20 franchise ever.
On the occasion of MS Dhoni's 39th birthday, we have made a humble attempt at compiling numbers from his illustrious career, while trying to highlight the defining moments in his career.
West Indies are the defending champions of the contest having scripted an impressive 2-1 win at home in early 2019 but will be looking to bag their first series win in England since 1988.
Among the notable retention made by the ECB in announcing their pace-heavy 13-man squad and nine reserves for the West Indies opener is Joe Denly.
In an exclusive interview to indiatvnews.com over e-mail, Dr Ferdinands, who is also a former first-class cricketer and an international cricket coach, talked about how bowlers will have to evolve themselves in a saliva-free world.