Road Safety World Series
Raipur

SVNS International Cricket stadium during Road Safety World Series 2020-21 in Raipur

Dates7 March 2020 to 11 March 2020 – 5 March 2021 to 21 March 2021
Administrator(s)The Road Safety Cell of Maharashtra
Cricket formatTwenty20
Tournament format(s)Round robin and Knock-out
Host(s)India India
ChampionsIndia India Legends
Runners-upSri Sri Lanka Legends
Participants7
Matches19
Player of the seriesSri Tillakaratne Dilshan
Most runsSri Tillakaratne Dilshan (271)
Most wicketsSri Tillakaratne Dilshan (12)
Official websiteworldseriest20.com

The Road Safety World Series (also known as Unacademy Road Safety World Series for sponsorship reasons), or RSWS, was an Exhibition T20 cricket competition, which featured retired cricketers and was organised by the Road Safety Cell of Maharashtra to raise awareness about road safety.[1][2] The 2020–21 edition of the series featured notable retired players from India, England, Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa, Australia and Bangladesh.[3] Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain, was the commissioner of the series, while Sachin Tendulkar being its brand ambassador.[4] Ravi Gaikwad is the founder of the Road Safety World Series.[5]

Background[edit]

The Road Safety World Series was approved by the BCCI.[6] The first edition of the tournament began in March 2020, with the tournament set to take place across venues in Mumbai and Pune. Sachin Tendulkar (India Legends), Brian Lara (West Indies Legends) Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka Legends), Brett Lee (Australia Legends), and Jonty Rhodes (South Africa Legends) were the captains of their respective teams.[7] The tournament was to be played in a round-robin format with the top two finishers playing the final.[8]

On 13 March 2020, as a result of an advisory by Indian Government following the global coronavirus pandemic, the remaining seven matches were rescheduled to a later date.[9] Soon, it was decided that the remaining seven matches of the tournament would be played behind closed doors in DY Patil Stadium;[10] but then the tournament was indefinitely postponed.

Instead of starting afresh in 2021, the organizers opted to resume the previous edition, paused after only four games. Six teams took part in the tournament. They were India Legends, Sri Lanka Legends, South Africa Legends, West Indies Legends, Bangladesh Legends, and England Legends.

Bangladesh Legends and England Legends were added to the tournament after Australia Legends opted out due to COVID-19. Mohammad Rafique (Bangladesh Legends) and Kevin Pietersen (England Legends) were captains of their respective teams.[11]

Venues[edit]

The 11 matches were initially scheduled to start on March 7, 2020, and played in stadiums across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Pune, with the final supposed to be played on March 22, 2020, at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.[12]

Cricket grounds hosting the 2020-21 Road Safety World Series.

Venue City Country Capacity Matches
Wankhede Stadium Mumbai India 33,108 2
Brabourne Stadium Mumbai India 50,000 1 (Final)
DY Patil Stadium Navi Mumbai India 55,000 3
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium Pune India 37,000 5
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium Raipur India 65,000 15 (Semi-finals, Final)
Mumbai Mumbai Navi Mumbai Pune
Wankhede Stadium Brabourne Stadium DY Patil Stadium MCA Stadium
Capacity: 33,108 Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 55,000 Capacity: 37,000
Wankhede Brabourne.jpg D Sahara

In 2021, with the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine, the remaining tournament was held at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, in Raipur.[13]

Raipur
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium
Capacity: 65,000
Raipur

Format[edit]

The tournament was played in a round-robin format with the top four finishers in the Points Table to play the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals played against each other in the final. Teams were awarded 4 points for a win, 2 for a no-result and none for a loss.

Squads[edit]

Originally, a total of 110 retired cricket players agreed to participate in the tournament.[14] The tournament resumed in 2021 with England Legends and Bangladesh Legends replacing the Brett Lee-led Australia Legends, who withdrew from the tournament due to their inability to travel in India owing to the strict COVID-19 restrictions in Australia.

Initially in 2020, Abey Kuruvilla was named in the India Legends squad, but due to an injured shoulder, he was replaced by Noel David. Subramaniam Badrinath, Naman Ojha, Yusuf Pathan, Vinay Kumar, and Rajesh Pawar were added to the India Legends squad for the year 2021.[15] They replaced Zaheer Khan, Sameer Dighe, Sanjay Bangar, and Sairaj Bahutule, who were part of the squad initially in 2020.

Sanath Jayasuriya, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Upul Tharanga, Russel Arnold, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath and Chinthaka Jayasinghe were added to Sri Lanka Legends squad for the year 2021.[15] They replaced Marvan Atapattu, Malinda Warnapura, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Sachithra Senanayake, Upul Chandana and Romesh Kaluwitharana, who were part of the squad initially in 2020.

Makhaya Ntini, Justin Kemp, Alviro Petersen, Mornantau Hayward, Andrew Puttick, Thandi Tshabalala, Loots Bosman, Zander de Bruyn and Monde Zondeki were added to the South Africa Legends squad for the year 2021.[15] They replaced Jacques Rudolph, Herschelle Gibbs, Martin van Jaarsveld, Lance Klusener, Ryan McLaren, Johan van der Wath, Albie Morkel, Paul Harris, and Andrew Hall, who were part of the squad initially in 2020.

Narsingh Deonarine, Dwayne Smith, Ryan Austin, William Perkins, and Mahendra Nagamootoo were added to the West Indies Legends squad for the year 2021.[15] They replaced Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Ganga, Ricardo Powell, Samuel Badree, and Danza Hyatt, who were part of the squad initially in 2020.

India India Legends Sri Sri Lanka Legends South South Africa Legends West West Indies Legends England England Legends Bangladesh Bangladesh Legends Australia Australia Legends [a]

* Players who were initially part of the squad in 2020.

  1. ^ Australia Legends did not play in 2021, withdrawing from the tournament because of the strict COVID-19 restrictions in Australia.

Points table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR
1 India India Legends 6 5 1 0 20 1.733
2 Sri Sri Lanka Legends 6 5 1 0 20 1.771
3 South South Africa Legends 6 4 2 0 16 −0.349
4 West West Indies Legends 6 3 3 0 12 −0.277
5 England England Legends 6 3 3 0 12 −1.206
6 Bangladesh Bangladesh Legends 6 1 5 0 4 −2.159
7 Australia Australia Legends 6 0 6 0 0 −0.350
  •   Qualified to the semi-finals
  •   Opted out of the tournament
    • Australia Legends played 1 match against Sri Lanka Legends and forfeited their remaining matches as they could not travel to India due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Tie-break criteria[edit]

  1. Number of wins.
  2. Head to head results. If this is not applicable, positions decided by NRR.
  3. If three or more teams are tied on points and the number of wins, positions decided by NRR.

League stage[edit]

All times are according to Indian Standard Time (IST).

  • India Legends won the toss and elected to field.

  • Sri Lanka Legends won the toss and elected to bat.

  • India Legends won the toss and elected to field.

  • South Africa Legends won the toss and elected to field.

  • Bangladesh Legends won the toss and elected to bat.

  • Sri Lanka Legends won the toss and elected to field.

  • England Legends won the toss and elected to field.

  • Sri Lanka Legends won the toss and elected to field.

  • India Legends won the toss and elected to field.

  • Sri Lanka Legends won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Sri Lanka Legends qualified for the semifinals.[16]

  • South Africa Legends won the toss and elected to field.

  • West Indies Legends won the toss and elected to field.
  • Bangladesh Legends were eliminated.[17]

  • South Africa Legends won the toss and elected to field.
  • India Legends qualified for the semifinals.[18]

  • Sri Lanka Legends won the toss and elected to field.

  • South Africa Legends won the toss and elected to field.
  • South Africa Legends qualified for the semifinals.[19]

  • West Indies Legends won the toss and elected to field.
  • West Indies Legends qualified for the semifinals and England Legends were eliminated.[20]

Knockout Stage[edit]

The knockout stage started with semi-finals at Raipur, the winners of each progressing to the final at Raipur. If any match ended in a tie, a Super Over would be used to determine the winner.[21] If the scores in the Super Over were also tied, the winner would be determined by another Super Over and continues, until the team wins the Super Over.[22]

On 10 March 2021, Sri Lanka Legends became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals after beating Bangladesh Legends at Raipur.[23] Three days later, saw tournament hosts India Legends, the second team to qualify after they defeated South Africa Legends at Raipur on 13 March 2021.[24] The following day after, South Africa Legends became the third team to qualify after they beat Bangladesh Legends at Raipur on 15 March 2021.[25] The following day, in the final match of the league stage, West Indies Legends and England Legends played for the final spot in the semifinals. Eventually, West Indies Legends became the fourth and final team to qualify for the semi-finals after they beat England Legends in a virtual quarterfinal match.[26]

The first semi-final was played between India Legends and West Indies Legends at Raipur,[27] while the second semi-final was played between Sri Lanka Legends and South Africa Legends at the same venue again.[28]

Bracket[edit]

Semi-finals Final
      
1 India India Legends 218/3 (20 overs)
4 West West Indies Legends 206/6 (20 overs)
1 India India Legends 181/4 (20 overs)
2 Sri Sri Lanka Legends 167/7 (20 overs)
3 South South Africa Legends 125 (20 overs)
2 Sri Sri Lanka Legends 129/2 (17.2 overs)

Semi-finals[edit]

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The first semi-final between India Legends and West Indies Legends was played at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur on 17 March 2021.[29]

Batting first, India Legends got off to a fantastic start, but lost opener Virender Sehwag, after he gave Indians the perfect start, having scored 35 runs. However, the Indians continued their high scoring rate, as Sachin Tendulkar combined with Mohammad Kaif and Yusuf Pathan for partnerships of 53 and a quick 31 respectively. Tendulkar scored 65 runs before he was the third man out in the 14th over. After his dismissal, Yuvraj Singh combined with Yusuf Pathan for an unbeaten partnership of 78 runs, also scoring a quickfire unbeaten 49* from just 20 deliveries, which included 6 sixes, out of which 4 came in 18th over bowled by Mahendra Nagamootoo. The Indian Legends finished with a score of 218/3, after a fantastic display of batting at the end of their 20 overs.

The West Indies Legends saw William Perkins fell to Manpreet Gony in the second over, but the West Indians scored 71/1 in the first six overs, with Dwayne Smith combining with Narsingh Deonarine going berserk after the Indian bowlers. After a partnership of 99 runs for the second wicket between Dwayne Smith and Narsingh Deonarine, Smith was dismissed for 63. After Kirk Edwards was stumped by Naman Ojha off Pragyan Ojha’s bowling, falling for a first-ball duck, Brian Lara was joined by Narsingh Deonarine for a partnership of 80 runs for the fourth wicket that left West Indies Legends needing 32 runs from the final three overs; however, after the dismissal of Brian Lara and Narsingh Deonarine, within a span of 4 runs and good tight bowling by Vinay Kumar, Manpreet Gony and Irfan Pathan, Indians managed to stop West Indies Legends at 206/6, entering into finals of Road Safety World Series.[30]

  • West Indies Legends won the toss and elected to field.
  • India Legends enter into the finals.[31]

[edit]

The second semi-final saw Sri Lanka Legends take on South Africa Legends at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur on 19 March 2021.[32]

Sri Lanka Legends won the toss and chose to field first. South Africa Legends made a steady start to their innings but lost Andrew Puttick in the third over. Alviro Petersen was joined by Morné van Wyk and combined for a 53 runs partnership. Apart from these batsmen, no other batsman could significantly contribute towards the total as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Nuwan Kulasekara ran through the South African batting lineup and took 5 wickets. Somehow, the South African Legends managed to score 125, with Morné van Wyk top-scoring with 53.

Sri Lanka Legends took their time to get going in the run chase but were soon making progress before Tillakaratne Dilshan was dismissed by Makhaya Ntini for the first wicket. Quick-hitting Sanath Jayasuriya with Upul Tharanga had a small partnership of 39 runs before Petersen dismissed Jayasuriya for 18 runs. Chinthaka Jayasinghe promoted up the order, started to smash bowlers all over the park, while Tharanga played the anchor’s role in the chase. The Sri Lankan Legends successfully chased the target with more than two overs to spare and saw them entering the finals against India Legends, to be played on 21 March 2021.[33]

  • Sri Lanka Legends won the toss and elected to field.
  • Sri Lanka Legends enter into the finals to face India Legends.[34]

Final[edit]

  • Sri Lanka Legends won the toss and elected to field.
  • India Legends became the winners of Road Safety World Series 2020–21.

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Road Safety World Series 2020-2021 Final Winner, India Legends

Statistics[edit]

The top 5 players in each category are listed

Most runs[edit]

Pos. Player & Team Mat Inns Runs HS SR 100s 50s 4s 6s
1 Sri Tillakaratne Dilshan
(Sri Lanka Legends)
8 8 271 61* 136.86 0 2 47 1
2 Sri Upul Tharanga
(Sri Lanka Legends)
6 6 237 99* 133.89 0 2 31 5
3 India Sachin Tendulkar
(India Legends)
7 7 233 65 138.69 0 2 34 4
4 South Morné van Wyk
(South Africa Legends)
6 6 228 69* 117.52 0 2 27 5
5 India Virender Sehwag
(India Legends)
7 7 214 80* 153.95 0 2 28 7
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Most wickets[edit]

Pos. Player & Team Mat Inns Runs Wkts BBI Avg
1 Sri Tillakaratne Dilshan
(Sri Lanka Legends)
8 8 163 12 4/6 13.58
2 India Yusuf Pathan
(India Legends)
5 5 124 9 3/28 12.33
3 India Munaf Patel
(India Legends)
7 7 197 9 4/19 21.88
4 England Monty Panesar
(England Legends)
6 6 158 8 4/26 12.25
5 Sri Rangana Herath
(Sri Lanka Legends)
7 7 127 8 2/5 15.87
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Live Streaming and Broadcasting[edit]

Viacom 18 was the official broadcasting partner of the tournament. [35] Colors Cineplex & Rishtey Cineplex broadcast all the games of the tournament, and live streaming was available on Voot and Jio TV.[36][37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Safety World Series cricket 30 January 2020
  2. ^ Tendulkar versus Lara in Road Safety World Series opener 13 February 2020
  3. ^ Road Safety World Series 2020: Sachin Tendulkars India Legends Announces Squad. New Nation. 18 February 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  4. ^ Tendulkar, Lara to face each other in Road Safety World Series opening match. ANI. 13 February 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  5. ^ Founder of Road Safety World Series T20 Cricket Ravi Gaikwad awarded for contribution in nation-building. The Free Press Journal. 5 November 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  6. ^ Road Safety World Series 2020: Fixtures, schedule, venues, squads, match timings and live streaming details. Sportsstar, The Hindu. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  7. ^ [1] 19 February 2020
  8. ^ Road Safety World Series: Full schedule, venue, squads as legends set for a return on cricket field. 14 February 2020.
  9. ^ In the interest of public safety & security and support to the Government, Road Safety World Series rescheduled, new dates to be announced later. Road Safety World Series. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  10. ^ Unacademy Road Safety World Series to be played behind closed doors in DY Patil Stadium. Road Safety World Series. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  11. ^ Unacademy Road Safety World Series gets bigger with England and Bangladesh Legends entry.
  12. ^ Roll back the years from March 7, 2020.
  13. ^ Tendulkar & Co. are back as Raipur gets ready to host the Unacademy Road Safety World Series T20.
  14. ^ Road Safety World Series players 02-21-2020
  15. ^ a b c d Yusuf Pathan, Sanath Jayasuriya add spice to Legends battle.
  16. ^ Sri Lanka Legends becomes the first team to qualify for Semi-finals
  17. ^ Bangladesh Legends eliminated from the tournament as West Indies Legends get their first win
  18. ^ India Legends defeat South Africa Legends to book their place in Semi-finals
  19. ^ South Africa Legends advance for Semi-finals to face Sri Lanka Legends
  20. ^ West Indies Legends to face India Legends in Semi-finals as England Legends bow out from the tournament
  21. ^ Super Over rules
  22. ^ ICC changes Super Over rules
  23. ^ Sri Lanka Legends becomes the first team to qualify for Semi-finals
  24. ^ India Legends defeat South Africa Legends to book their place in Semi-finals
  25. ^ South Africa Legends advance for Semi-finals to face Sri Lanka Legends
  26. ^ West Indies Legends to face India Legends in Semi-finals as England Legends miss out the chance
  27. ^ India Legends vs West Indies Legends - 1st Semi-final
  28. ^ Sri Lanka Legends vs South Africa Legends - 2nd Semi-final
  29. ^ West Indies Legends to face India Legends in the 1st Semi-final
  30. ^ India Legends enter into Finals
  31. ^ India Legends enter into Finals
  32. ^ Sri Lanka Legends to face South Africa Legends in the 2nd Semi-final
  33. ^ Sri Lanka Legends to face India Legends in Finals
  34. ^ Sri Lanka Legends to face India Legends in Finals
  35. ^ Viacom18’s Colors Cineplex was broadcast partner of Road Safety World Series 10-18-2019
  36. ^ Road Safety World Series – Fixtures, Schedule, Squads, Broadcast & Live Streaming Details. Crictracker. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  37. ^ Road Safety World Series – Live Stream & Highlights on Voot.

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