The ever-awesome Indian Premier League is a more than a decade long now. In these 10 years, IPL has made a name for itself as the most exclusive and highlighted cricket league in the world where the most elite and world-class players from all around the world compete against each other for the ultimate glory. Every year April-May is booked as the IPL season and almost everyone in India along with the rest of the world gets to see their most favorite cricket stars and favorite teams from almost every international cricket team gather together in a single platform. And, this platform has also been the witness of some interesting Facts about IPL.
Die-hard IPL fans are keen to know every single detail in-and-out about the league and right below, we make the list of Top 20 less known facts about IPL.
1. Yusuf Pathan and Rohit Sharma are the only players to have won IPL for 3 or more times.
KKR’s big hitter batsman Yusuf Pathan and current Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma both have something up their sleeves a feat shared by both that no one other has. This must be very proud for them to have won the prestigious title a massive three times at two different franchises. Yusuf Pathan played a very keen role in Rajasthan Royals title winning in the inaugural edition of the IPL.
Yusuf was brilliant with his batting and as much good with the ball.That was a fairytale season for the Royals as they defied all the odds to emerge winners. After moving to Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011, Pathan won two more times in 2012 and 2014. This undoubtedly is something he must be proud of.
The opening Indian batsman Rohit Sharma won the IPL with the Deccan Chargers in 2009 for the first time. He was one of the key members of the squad and he repeated that feat with the Mumbai Indians thrice in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Rohit as captain of the Mumbai Indians team won the last edition of the IPL when no one gave them a chance after their dismal start to the campaign.The Mumbaikar inspired his team to a famous win and etched his name in IPL’s history. He is definitely a top international player and an important asset to Mumbai Indians.
2. IPL has become even more grand with a wobbling deal with Star India
With Star India signing with the IPL, it is now worth $5,500 million. Star India agreed to pay to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Rs16,347.5 crore for five years for the global media rights—both digital and television, of the league, making IPL the richest Asian league and one of the richest in all the world.
3. Ben Stokes has become the most expensive overseas player in the history of IPL.
The brilliant all-rounder of England Benjamin Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in the history of IPL when he was sold for a mind-boggling amount of 14.5 crores to Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017 and now again for a little less amount of 12.5 crores to the Rajasthan Royals. He sure is having the time of his life.
4. Sarfaraz Khan was only 10 years old when the IPL began
Sarfaraz Khan was only 10 years old when the first edition of the IPL began. Then after 7 years at the age of 17, he was selected for the IPL and picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Imagine a 17-year kid playing alongside the big guns like Chris Gayle, AB Devilliers, Virat Kohli, Shane Watson and many more. It really improved his game by miles and impressed the whole country with his performance in the previous season.
5. Parthiv Patel has played for a record 6 different franchises.
Parthiv Patel has managed to surprise everyone with a unique record of playing for six different franchises in six different seasons. After a tremendous boomerang kind of journey, Parthiv seems to have settled with the Mumbai Indians.
6.Delhi Daredevils yet to see an IPL finals
This is very sad and devastated for Delhi fans as their team has never ever reached an IPL final in all of its 10 editions. It is not like Delhi has a weak team, in fact, they had some of the best international players in each and every edition and it is very agitating and fans must be furious for their team’s continuous failure. Let’s hope Delhi has something up their sleeves for the upcoming season.
7. Zaheer Khan from Dusk till Dawn
Indian pace factory Zaheer Khan is the only player to be part of both the 1st and 500th match of IPL. The fast bowler played for RCB in the 1st game against KKR, and for DD against RR in the 500th.
8. Dale “SUPER” Steyn
No. 1 fast bowler in the world, the South African pace monster Dale Steyn has one of the best records in the history of IPL. In 2013, Dale Steyn bowled 212 dot balls, highest by any bowler. In total, he bowled 407 balls in that season, more than 50% dot balls. Incredible, isn’t he?
9. Suresh Raina’s missed only one match in IPL so far.
The Indian run machine Suresh Raina has missed just one match in IPL history so far; the match was against Royal Challengers Bangalore and he was with Gujarat Lions team in IPL 2016. He has played 161 matches in IPL so far; playing 132 matches for CSK and 29 matches for GL. Suresh Raina’s name should be included in a CSK facts book.
10. Pollard and DeVilliers unique record
The Big Jamaican Kieron Pollard (123) and the complete cricketer AB de Villiers (101) are the only two overseas players to play more than 100 matches for a single franchise. Hope they play much more and keep entertaining us with their brilliant performances.
11. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s back-to-back purple caps.
Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the only bowler to win back to back purple caps for most wickets in an IPL season. In IPL 2016, he managed to get 23 wickets and 26 wickets in IPL 2017, both for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
12. Sachin and Virat, the only Indians to win the MVP award in IPL history.
The Legend Sachin Tendulkar (2010- Mumbai Indians) and Indian skipper Virat Kohli (2016- Royal Challengers Bangalore) are the only two Indian players to win the Most Valuable Player award in Indian Premier League history. Other than their record-smashing batting performances, this is another record they have in common.
13. Virat Kohli has been the part of 3 double century partnership.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been part of 3 double century partnerships in IPL. He added 229 with AB de Villiers in IPL 2016 against Gujarat Lions, added 215* with AB de Villiers in IPL 2015 against Mumbai Indians and added 204* with Chris Gayle against Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2012.
14. The inseparable duo of IPL
The bond of friendship is strongest between these two. Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa have played in 4 teams, but they have always been together on the same side. They have played together for MI in 2008, for RCB in 2009 and 2010, for PWI from 2011 to 2013 and for KKR since 2014.
15. Ashok Dinda the bad luck of IPL
Call this a co-incidence but stats never lie and the stats explain the height of bad luck offered by Ashok Dinda to his respective teams and the stat shows that for whomsoever Ashok Dinda has played for, has never managed to qualify for the playoffs till now, starting from the first season. Surprising, isn’t it?
16. Gayle remained unsold in the 2011 auction
This needs to be included in the list of IPL facts 2018. You will be surprised to know that IPL’s most destructive batsman Chris Gayle remained unsold in the IPL auction in 2011. Late,r he came in as a replacement for fast bowler Dirk Nannes in the Royal Challengers Bangalore team and set the tournament on fire and became every bowler’s nightmare with his Total KO performances. He scored over 600 runs in 2011 and backed that up with over 700 scores in 2012 and 2013 to stamp his name in the IPL history forever.
17. Harbhajan Singh and Virat Kohli- 10 editions, same franchise
Star batsman Virat Kohli and the terminator Harbhajan Singh shares a unique feat together. They are the only players to be a part of the same franchise throughout their journey in IPL. After the suspension of Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni, Raina joined other teams, so Harbhajan and Kohli remain the only players who have represented the same franchise throughout these 10 seasons.
18. The high and low for the Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders has been one of the most successful team in IPL history winning the IPL title for a massive two times. But they have 2 interesting records.
Knight Riders still holds the record for a win by the most number of runs in the tournament. They defeated RCB by 140 runs in the opening match of the very first season of the IPL and made a grand entry in the IPL record book.
However, they also have a record that they would like to forget. KKR holds a record of being defeated with the most number of balls remaining in the second innings. It too happened in the 2008 edition when they were humiliated by Mumbai Indians. KKR bowled out for a humiliating 67 and Mumbai chased that down in 5.3 overs adding more to KKR’s sorrows.
19. Chris Gayle- The Big Boss of sixers
Guess, who comes first when it comes to hitting sixers. Yes, you’re right!! Its’s Chris Gayle. The number of sixes Gayle has hit in IPL history stands at a gigantic 230. What’s more shocking is the fact that there is a difference of more than 80 sixes between him and the second-placed Suresh Raina. He has scored above 50 sixes in a season twice in 2012 and 2013 and is the only player to do so.
20. Guess the bowler with the best bowling figure?- Adam Gilchrist
The legendary former Australian batsman (and wicket-keeper) Adam Gilchrist has the best bowling figures in IPL. In his last match, he bowled just one ball and took the wicket of Harbhajan Singh.
The month of April is going to be an absolute freak show as thousands and thousands of fans come to witness their favored teams hitting huge sixes, taking wickets and knocking down the opponents. Everyone today wants to play in the IPL as it promises major fame and the huge finances. IPL has become one of the most favored cricket leagues in terms of player participation and viewership. The 2018 IPL edition is going to be even grandest. More than 1100 players signed up for the audition.
I am sure that these facts have definitely played with your mind. A Cricket Game may be. These facts showed us the true meaning of expectancy and astonishment. Tell us which were already known to you and which surprised you completely! The List of Top 20 Astonishing facts is collected from different sources. If you find any irregularity in the facts, do let us know in the comments.