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On 13 September 2007 the Indian Premier League was born. The mastermind behind this dynamic, spellbinding and progressive tournament was BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi, whose aim was to entice an entire new generation of cricket fans into the grounds throughout the nation.
Three months ahead of the inaugural campaign which was due to begin in April 2008, an auction was held to decide the owners for the new competition, with base prices for the brand new franchises starting at around $400 million (the final selling prices totaled $723.59 million). The winning bidders were to base their teams in the following eight cities; Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mohali and Mumbai.
And so on 18 April 2008 the very first Indian Premier League got underway, as Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore battled it out for the trophy over six weeks of hard-hitting all-action T20 cricket with the Royals taking the honours of first ever winners as Sohail Tanvir scored the winning runs off the final ball of the match.
Just two years after the first tournament, two new franchises emerged as Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala joined for the fourth season with the latter lasting just one campaign before being terminated for breaching BCCI rules. One-time winners Deccan Chargers were next to leave the tournament in 2009 but were soon replaced by the newly formed Sunrisers Hyderabad. Other comings and goings during the competition’s 12-year history include the withdrawal of Pune Warriors in 2013, while both the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for the 2016 and 2017 tournaments for their role in a match-fixing scandal. The Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions stepped in to replace them for both campaigns.
The competition is split into a league phase which is followed by play-offs. In the league phase all eight teams play each other twice – home and away – in a round-robin format in which two points are awarded for a win. The four teams with the most points after the league phase advance to the play-offs, with net run rate determining league position if teams are tied on points.
When it comes to the play-offs, the top two from the league phase go head-to-head for a place in the final, with the loser getting a second opportunity to reach the final through the second qualifying match. The teams who finish third and fourth in the league phase meet in an eliminator match with the winner of that clash going on to face the loser of the first and second place encounter for a place in the final.
Indian Premier League games make use of television timeouts meaning no time limit is given for teams to complete their 20 overs. The two-and-a-half minute ‘strategic timeouts’ can be taken by both the bowling and batting teams during each innings with the bowling team required to take their timeout between the ends of overs 6 and 9 while the batting team must take their timeout between the ends of overs 13 and 16.
For the past two seasons, the IPL has made use of cricket’s Umpire Decision Review System, with each team given one opportunity to review an on-field decision per innings.
In terms of prize money, the 2019 campaign offered a total prize money of ₹500 million to the eight teams with ₹200 million of that pot going to the winning team while first and second runners-up pick up ₹125 million and ₹500 million respectively.
Each year, players from around the world sign up for the IPL auction and at the same time set their base price with the franchise that bids the highest amount of money for them acquiring their talents for the upcoming season.
The auction for the 2008 season took place in February 2008 with Indian legend MS Dhoni commanding the highest fee at a massive $1.5 million from the Chennai Super Kings while Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds was the most expensive player from outside India as he was bought by the Deccan Chargers for $1.35 million. Other legends of the game who were snapped up in the IPL’s first season included Shane Warne ($450,000 to Rajasthan Royals), Muttiah Muralitharan ($600,000 to Chennai Super Kings), Ricky Ponting ($400,000 to Kolkata Knight Riders) and Jacques Kallis ($900,000 to Royal Challengers Bangalore).
By 2020, player prices had rocketed with $2.4 million now the highest fee commanded for a star player with India captain Virat Kohli snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rohit Sharma also went for over $2 million as he was retained by the Mumbai Indians while Ben Stokes – who commanded the highest fee one year earlier – was bought for $1.8 million by the Rajasthan Royals.
The popularity of the Indian Premier League continues to grow year-on-year. With a brand value of ₹475 billion as of 2019 and overall viewership that exceeds 414 million as of 2019, the tournament is amongst the most watchable and most followed in the world, and that is not just in cricket terms.
The original aim to entice a new generation of fans has been a huge success as well, with 2019 seeing a staggering 29% growth in viewership from children between the ages of 2 and 14, while female viewers grew by 15% to add to the ever-increasing number of male viewers tuning in each day.
With television coverage shown throughout the world, broadcasting rights for the competition are much sought-after with over 1 billion fans tuning in each season. The 2019 final even broke records for streaming viewership with 18.6 million streaming viewers logging on to see Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings.
Results, Records and Statistics
2008 – Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings (3 wickets)
2009 – Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (6 runs)
2010 – Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians (22 runs)
2011 – Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (58 runs)
2012 – Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings (5 wickets)
2013 – Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings (23 runs)
2014 – Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab (3 wickets)
2015 – Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings (41 runs)
2016 – Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (8 runs)
2017 – Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiants (1 run)
2018 – Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (8 wickets)
2019 – Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings (1 run)
2020 – Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals (5 wickets)
Highest Score – 263/5 (Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors India, 2013)
Lowest Score – 49 (Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders, 2017)
Highest Successful Run Chase – 226/6 (Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab)
Lowest Score Defended – 116/9 (Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, 2009)
Largest Victory By Runs – 146 runs (Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils, 2017)
Most Wins – Mumbai Indians, 118
Most Defeats – Delhi Capitals, 105
Highest Win Percentage – Chennai Super Kings, 59.83%
Most Consecutive Wins – Kolkata Knight Riders, 10
Most Consecutive Defeats – Delhi Capitals and Pune Warriors, 11
Most Matches – MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings & Rising Pune Supergiant), 204
Most Matches as Captain – MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings & Gujarat Lions), 188
Most ‘Man of the Match Awards’ – AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore & Delhi Capitals), 23
Most Wins as Captain – MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings & Gujarat Lions), 110
Most Losses as Captain – MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings & Gujarat Lions), 77
Most Runs – Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore), 5,878
Highest Individual Score – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore), 175* v Pune Warriors India (2013)
Most Sixes (Overall) – Chris Gayle (349)
Most Fours (Overall) – Shikhar Darwan (591)
Most Sixes (Innings) – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore), 17 v Pune Warriors India (2013)
Fastest Century – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore), 30 balls v Pune Warriors India (2013)
Fastest Fifty – KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab), 14 balls v Delhi Daredevils (2018)
Most Runs in a Tournament – Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore), 973 (2016)
Most Centuries – Chris Gayle (3 teams), 6
Most Fifties – David Warner (Delhi Daredevils & Sunrisers Hyderabad), 48
Highest Partnership – 229, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore), 2016
Most Wickets – Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians), 170
Best Bowling Figures in an Innings – Alzarri Joseph (Mumbai Indians), 6/12 v Sunrisers Hyderabad (2019)
Best Bowling Average – Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Capitals), 17.93 from 18 matches
Best Economy Rate – Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad), 6.24
Most Runs Conceded in an Innings – Basil Thampi (Sunrisers Hyderabad), 70 v Royal Challengers Bangalore (2018)
Most Dot Balls Bowled – Harbhajan Singh, 1249 from 160 innings
Most Maiden Overs Bowled – Praveen Kumar, 10 from 101 innings
Most Wickets in a Tournament – Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings), 32 (2013)
Most Stumpings – MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings & Rising Pune Supergiants), 38
Most Catches as a Wicketkeeper – Dinesh Karthik (6 teams), 101
Most Catches as a Fielder – Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings & Gujarat Lions), 102
Indian Premier League season by season guide.
2008 – A Royal Beginning
Over 3 million fans flocked to the grounds to witness the opening Indian Premier League season which saw the Rajasthan Royals dominate from start to finish. With the likes of Shane Warne, Graeme Smith, Younis Khan and Shane Watson amongst their star-studded line-up, the Royals finished top of the league phase with 11 wins from their 14 games.
Joining them in the last four were Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings and after a stunning 55 not out from Suresh Raina in the second semi-final it was the Super Kings who met the Royals in the final at the DY Patil Stadium.
Raina was again in good form as his 43 of 30 balls helped the Super Kings post 163 in the first innings but a blistering 56 from Yusuf Pathan set up a three wicket when for the Royals with Sohal Tanvir scoring a single off the final ball of the match. To back the Royals to repeat this feat in 2020, see the best IPL winner odds here.
Shane Watson finished the campaign as player of the tournament with 472 runs and 17 wickets while Shaun Marsh (616) scored the most runs and Tanvir took the most wickets (22).
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2009 – A Charge to victory
The second season of the IPL took place in South Africa with over 200 million TV viewers from India alone tuning in to watch the world’s best players do battle once again.
Led by legendary Aussie wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, Deccan Chargers endured an open and down league phase with seven wins and seven losses from their 14 games. Nevertheless they secured their place in the play-offs alongside Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Gilchrist was the star man in the opening semi-final as he smashed 85 off 35 balls, which included 10 4s and five 6s, to chase down the Daredevils’ imposing score of 153. In the final in Johannesburg they would meet RCB after the Royal Challengers saw off the Super Kings by 6 wickets thanks to a man of the match performance from Manish Pandey.
In another thrilling final it once again came down to the final over with the Challengers needing 15 runs off RP Singh’s final six balls. The left-arm bowler held his nerve though and only leaked eight off the final over to hand the Chargers the victory and what would end up being their one and only tournament win.
Gilchrist took the player of the series accolade with Matthew Hayden scoring the most runs with 572 and RP Singh taking the most wickets with 23.
2010 – Kings for the first time
After reaching the play-offs two years in a row, the Kings went one further in 2010 by finally getting their hands on the trophy.
However, it was the Indians who dominated the league phase, winning 10 of their 14 games before beating 2009 runners-up RCB in the semi-final. The Super Kings cruised past holders Deccan in their semi-final to set up a showdown against Mumbai where Suresh Raina hit a half-century to leave Mumbai needing 169 to win.
Sachin Tendulkar fell two short of a half-century but it wasn’t enough to overhaul the Super King’s total as they won the match by 22 runs. The Kings are amongst the favourites to repeat their victory in this season’s tournament, to bet on them, click here.
Tendulkar was named player of the tournament after top scoring with 618 runs while Pragyan Ojha took the most wickets with 21.
2011 – Chennai make it two from two
The Super Kings were emerging as the team to beat as they became the first franchise to get their name on the trophy for a second time, this time in even more commanding circumstances.
Finishing second in the league phase they beat RCB in a repeat of last year’s semi-final to book their place in the final while Mumbai edged past KKR to face RCB in the second eliminator in Chennai. Chris Gayle’s 89 left Mumbai with far too much to do and they fell short by 43 runs despite 40 from Tendulkar.
In the final, Super Kings racked up a huge 205/5 thanks to 95 from Murali Vijay and it was simply too much for RCB to chase down. Three wickets from Ravi Ashwin kept tabs on the Challengers who could only muster 147.
Player of the tournament Chris Gayle also finished as top scorer with 608 runs, a feat you can bet on for the 2020 tournament here, while Lasith Malinga took the most wickets with 28.
2012 – Chennai denied a hat-trick
A stunning chase by KKR in the 2012 final denied Chennai a third IPL tournament win on the spin in a run-heavy competition in which a record-breaking 22,453 runs were scored.
Delhi and KKR finished first and second following the league phase and it was KKR who went straight to the final after an 18-run win over the Daredevils in the opening play-off match. The Daredevils missed out once again in the second preliminary game as they were soundly beaten by the Super Kings in Chennai in a match which saw Murali Vijay rack up a stunning 113.
In the final, Chennai would have been confident at the halfway stage after Suresh Raina – once again – starred with the bat and helped them to 190/3. But Manvinder Bisla blasted 89 from just 48 balls as KKR reach their target with an over to spare as the Knight Riders lifted the trophy for the first time.
Chris Gayle was again the top scorer, this time with 733 runs at an average of 61 per match while Morne Morkel took the most wickets with 25, one more than player of the tournament Sunil Narine.
2013 – Mumbai bounce back to win first title
After countless visits to the play-offs Mumbai Indians finally got their hands on the IPL trophy as the saw off the Super Kings in a low scoring final.
Both finalists dominated the league phase with 22 wins between them but it was the Super Kings who went straight to the final after they came out on top in the first qualifier match thanks to a fantastic 86* from Michael Hussey and Dwayne Bravo’s 3/9 with the ball.
Brad Hodge helped the Royals beat debutants Sunrisers Hyderabad to earn a showdown with the Indians in the second qualifier but it was Dwayne Smith who won it for the Indians with 62 from 44 balls to earn a four-wicket victory.
In the final, Mumbai could only muster 148/9 from their 20 overs despite some big-hitting from West Indian Kieron Pollard but the Super Kings couldn’t get going in their run chase. At one stage the chasers were 3-3 and 99-9 before eventually finishing on 125/9 thanks to 63* from MS Dhoni.
Michael Hussey’s 733 earned him the orange cap with Dwayne Bravo’s 32 wickets giving him the purple cap. West Indian Bravo is a veteran of the IPL and the specialist T20 bowler could be a good option to bet on as top wicket taker for IPL 2020.
2014 – Title heads back to Kolkata after sensational final
For the first time, Kings XI Punjab showed themselves to be a force to be reckoned with as they reached the play-offs following 11 wins from 14 matches. Joining them were KKR who finished second, along with last year’s two finalists Chennai and Mumbai.
KKR cruised past Kings XI in the first qualifier thanks to Umesh Yadav’s 3/13 which meant Kings XI had to face the Super Kings in qualifier 2 after they had got the better of Mumbai Indians in the eliminator. A majestic 122 from Virender Sehwag saw Kings XI post 226 in the first innings with Super Kings falling 24 runs short despite 87 from 25 balls from Suresh Raina.
In the final, another century from Kings XI – this time from Wriddhiman Saha – got them to an imposing total of 199/4 but Manish Pandey smashed 94 from 50 balls to see KKR home with three balls to spare.
Robin Uthappa finished as the tournament top scorer with 660 from 16 innings, with Mohit Sharma taking 23 wickets to top the wicket taking stats.
2015 – Mumbai make their mark
After 2014 finalists KKR and Kings XI failed to impress in the league phase, it was left to two IPL stalwarts – Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians – to top the table and face off in the first qualifier.
The two sides would also go on to meet in the final once again after Mumbai booked their place in the final at the first time of asking, leaving Chennai to battle past Royal Challengers Bangalore in a tense affair in Ranchi.
Lendl Simmons starred with the bat for the Indians with 68 from 45 while Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu each bludgeoned 36 to set an imposing 202 from their 20 overs. A mid-order collapse saw Chennai slip from 108-3 to 137-8 to kill off their run chase and leave them 41 runs short of victory.
The orange cap went to David Warner who scored 562 runs while Dwayne Bravo was once again the top wicket taker with 26 wickets.
2016 – A new name on the trophy
With Chennai Super Kings suspended and Mumbai Indians failing to get into the play-offs, there was a good chance of a new name being etched onto the trophy in 2016 and that name was Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Eight wins from six for the franchise booked them a place in the eliminator where a stellar bowling performance saw them beat KKR by 22 runs in Delhi. This meant the Sunrisers met table-toppers Gujarat Lions for a place in the final and 93* from David Warner saw them chase down the Lions’ 162 with an over to spare.
Royal Challengers Bangalore awaited Sunrisers in the final and it was Warner again who starred with the bat, scoring 69 runs at the top of the order to help post 208. In reply, Chris Gayle scored 76 and Virat Kohli 54 but regular wickets meant RCB fell eight short of the target.
Kohli did however finish as top run scorer with a massive 973 runs which included four 100s. The Indian captain is easily the number one batsman on the planet at the moment so why not back him to win Player of the Series here?
2017 – Mumbai complete their hat-trick
After a disappointing 2016 campaign, Mumbai Indians bounced back in style as they won the IPL for the third time following a nail-biting final against the Rising Pune Supergiants.
The two finalists finished first and second in the league phase with holders Sunrisers finishing third in the standings ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders. RPS were comfortable winners in the first qualifier leaving Mumbai to face KKR in the second qualifier after the Knight Riders had won a rain-affected eliminator against the Sunrisers.
KKR’s 107 was never going to be enough to reach the final and so it proved as Krunal Pandya’s 45* eased Mumbai home with more than five overs to spare. In the final Mumbai’s 129/8 should never have been enough but only three RPS batsmen managed to reach double-figures as Mumbai took a one run victory following a last ball run out.
David Warner was the tournament top scorer with 641 runs – back him to be topscorer again here – while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the most wickets for the second year running with 26.
2018 – Chennai end their six-year wait for number three
After being reinstated following a two-year suspension, Chennai wasted no time in getting their hands on the trophy as Shane Watson led them to a big win in the final.
The men in yellow finished second in the league phase behind Sunrisers Hyderabad and it was the Super Kings who won the first qualifier by two wickets due largely to 67* from Faf du Plessis. Not to be denied another trip to the final, the Sunrisers saw off KKR in qualifier 2 after Rashid Khan starred with ball in hand and then looked well set in the final after Kane Williamson top scored to help them to 178/6 at the halfway stage.
However, Shane Watson smashed 117* from 57 balls which included eight sixes and 11 fours to get Chennai over the line with nine balls remaining. Fancy backing a 100 to be scored in the IPL again this year? You can do so here.
For the third time in four years running, the top runscorer came from the Sunrisers as Kane Williamson took the accolade with 735 runs while Kings XI seamer Andrew Tye took the most wickets with 24.
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2019 – Mumbai become most successful team in IPL history
Familiar foes met in the final last year as Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings went toe-to-toe in Hyderabad for the right to be named the most successful team in IPL history.
The two sides finished as the top two in the league phase to set up a first qualifier meeting in Chennai where Mumbai were 6-wicket winners thanks to 71* from Suryakumar Yadav. The eliminator saw Sunrisers beaten by the Delhi Capitals in a tense affair but Delhi couldn’t follow it up with victory over Chennai in the second qualifier.
Shane Watson hit 50 to earn the Super Kings a final berth and the Aussie was again the star for the team in yellow with 80 in reply to Mumbai’s 149/8. But it wasn’t enough to take the win as they fell one run short in an agonising chase.
The familiar name of David Warner finished as top runscorer with 692 runs with South African spinner Imran Tahir taking the most wickets with 26. Spinners frequently pick up the most wickets in the IPL and so you can see the best odds on how many wickets this year’s spin bowlers will get here.