The Indian Premier League was formed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008. IPL is a professional 20/20 cricket league in India that has revolutionized Cricket not just in India but across the world. The league is contested by eight teams from eight different states of India in Apr-May. The 2015 IPL contributed US$160 million to the overall economy of India and its brand value is at US$6.7 billion. The league features players from various states of India as well as international players. With sponsors from multi-national companies, the league has a very strong presence in the media and an approach to attract crowds from the diverse backgrounds of India.
Chennai Super kings:
Chennai Super Kings represents the southern state of India called Tamil Nadu. It has two league wins in its account. It remains to be the only team in the IPL that hasn’t changed its captain ever. Its captain has been Mahindra Singh Dhoni since the time it started playing.
IPL is a quick game of cricket. With only 20 Overs to play, you can expect a faster and breath-taking cricket. In other words, records break. Amit Mishra from Delhi Capitals holds the record of the highest number of hattricks in the history of IPL. Apart from that, he plays for Haryana in the Ranji trophy.IPL sees new records being broken and set. And with new records, new players come to fore. Chris Gayle has made his mark in IPL also by scoring a 100 with only 30 balls while K.L Rahul has the fastest 50.
Sachin Tendulkar and Orange cap:
Apart from his record in the regular cricket, the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian player that’s won an orange cap in the IPL. He has made 5 fifties in IPL. Chris Gayle and David Warner have pulled off the orange cap twice. The former in 2011 & 2012 and the latter in 2015 & 2017.
Rehaman is the highest player in the IPL under the category of under-19. He also was the youngest to have joined IPL as a 16-year-old. He was bought by the Kings 11 Punjab for 4 Crore rupees in 2018. When it comes to youngest why not mention the oldest? After all, age is just a number but records matter. Brad Hogg is the oldest player in the history of IPL. He was 45 when he played for KKR in 2016.
Zaheer Khan & David Warner:
Zaheer has had his time during the summit of his prime, but that didn’t restrain him from showing his talent in IPL. He has remained in the league from the very beginning. He played the first match of IPL for Bangalore and 500th for Delhi Daredevils. David Warner holds the record for most half-centuries, 36 in total.
Chris Gayle & Kings XI Punjab
Chris Gayle has a long list of records in his name. Apart from his ODI records, he has set new ones in the IPL. He has the most centuries in the IPL, Highest individual score, he has won man of the match the most number of times, and most sixes in the league. The scores set him apart from other players. Punjab has changed its captain 12 times for the 12 seasons of the league. It’s the only team that has had so many captains throughout the history of the league.
Sandeep Lamichhane, Manzoor Dar and Mumbai Indians:
17-year-old Sandeep is the only Nepali to play in the IPL. He joined the league in 2018. Manzoor Dar works as a security guard for a local security firm but plays for Kings Punjab during the day. Both of the players were bought for 20 Lacs. Mumbai Indians have a unique record of their name. They’re the only team that has the record of biggest margin in the history of IPL. They defeated Delhi Daredevils by a margin of 146 runs in 2017. They have won 91 out of 157 matches making them the only team with such a high record of winning.
Piyush Chawla may have disappeared from the ODI cricket but in IPL, he has seemed to be in his prime. Till 2016 he hadn’t bowled a single no-ball in the history of IPL. He bowled it in 2016. He kept the record of No-ball for 8 years.
IPL became the first cricket league to have female commentators on board. Anjum Chopra (India), Lisa Sthalekar (Australia), Melanie Jones (Australia) and Isa Guha (England) were the first female commentators who presented the games in 2015.
Kohli is one of the most popular Indian Cricketers and not only ODI cricket, but the skipper of the Indian Cricket team also has recorded in IPL as well. He has made 973 runs in the IPL season of 2016 making him the only player to score most runs in one season.
Franchise and BCCI:
Parthiv Patel is the only Indian player to play for six IPL franchises and Aaron Flinch is the only overseas player to have done so. The 10th season of IPL helped BCCI generate revenue and save it from incurring losses.
Aryaman Birla, Delhi Daredevils & Harbajan:
Aryaman Birla’s family has a net worth of $10.1 billion but he was bought by Rajasthan Royals for $45,000. In Ranji cricket, he plays for Madhya Pradesh. Delhi Daredevils have never made it to the finals, though they have reached the semi-finals. The spinner Harbajan Singh has bowled 1123 dot balls in 11 IPL seasons. He has the record of bowling the most number of dot balls in his account.
IPL draws a huge number of cricketing fans across the globe. From talented cricketers to experienced commentators, the cricket league is filled with enthusiasm and joy. The IPL has strong media and broadcasting partners in India and Abroad that extend the reach of the games to a wider audience. Not just in India, but across the world, the Indian Premier League has become synonymous with the Cricket.