Test cricket is like a glass of aged scotch that we slowly enjoy and IPL is tequila shot that gives us an instant kick. Since 10 years of its inception, Indian Premier League has changed the entire landscape of cricket while attracting a huge pool of fans and high paying endorsements. Moreover, it opened up tremendous scopes for new and young talents across the world. We bring you some random but wonderful facts about the biggest brand of India – IPL.
1. Most franchises
Parthiv Patel is the first Indian to play for 6 different franchises in IPL. Till now he has played for Deccan Chargers, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
2. From Kashmir, with love
Manzoor Dar is a batsman who played for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018. He was the only cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to enter IPL 18.
3. Always a winner?
Karn Sharma, the all-rounder was a part of the winning team Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018. Previously, he was part of Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 and Mumbai Indians in 2017. All three times he was part of the teams that won IPL trophy.
4. Missing the finals
Delhi Daredevils is such a team that despite having high-profile cricketers have never played in IPL finals.
5. Purple cap winner
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the only player to win back-to-back purple caps. He topped the bowling chart in 2016 and 2017 with 23 and 24 wickets respectively.
6. The miscalculations
Before 2018 IPL, the four teams that were less likely to make it to the top bracket were Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Rajasthan Royals (RR), and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). SRH lost Warner, while RR lost Steve Smith which hampered their hope for a win. KKR had the smallest squad. CSK, returning to play after 3 years ban, was considered unstable. Ironically, these are the teams that ended up playing in semi-finals and final.
7. The youngest player
Mujeeb Ur Rahman bought by the Kings XI Punjab created history by becoming the youngest player to play in IPL at 17 years. He is a bowler from Afghanistan.
8. Highest run partnership
The record for highest partnership by runs is held by Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore. They scored 229 in IPL 2016 while playing against Gujarat Lions.
9. Most expensive
Virat Kohli was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 17 Cr in IPL 2018 auctions. Before that, the most expensive player was Yuvraj Singh bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 16 Cr in 2015.