IPL is that time of the year when most of the Global cricket fans brace themselves for an approx two month long cricket carnival on the Indian soil. Moreover, the tournament also serves as a great platform for all the young and talented cricketers from the Indian Domestic Circuit to play along some of the Biggest Global Cricketing superstars. While we said that, let’s have a look at the 10 years old journey of this most celebrated Global Cricketing event in India.
IPL 2008 (The Inaugural Season)
Winners – Rajasthan Royals
Most Wickets (Purple Cap)-Sohail tanvir (22 wickets)
Most Runs in the Tournament (Orange Cap)- Shaun Marsh (616 runs)
The Inaugural season of the IPL journey kick started with a cracker of an innings from the former Kiwi Batting Sensation Brendon McCollum who went on to score a 73 ball 158 runs in the first ever match of the IPL. Even though most of the Cricketing experts and critics doubted the success of a T20 tournament in a world where only Test and ODI cricket wee being considered as the real cricket, IPL came out as a grand success. Moreover, amongst the teams carrying some of the biggest Superstars from the World of cricket, it was the Rajasthan Royals who emerged as the winners while playing along with a team of mostly Young talented cricketers all along.
Shaun marsh from the Punjab team won the Orange cap for scoring 616 runs in the tournament whilst Sohail Tanvir from Rajasthan Royals grabbed the purple cap for scalping 22 wickets.
Winners –Deccan Chargers (Hyderabad)
Most Wickets ( Purple Cap)- RP Singh (23 wickets)
Most Runs in the Tournament (Orange Cap): Mathew Hayden (572)
The Second edition of the IPL tourney got marred by the General elections in India and thus been shifted to South Africa. Still it was been organized amidst the possibilities of a “low turnout” from the fans in the stadium and turned out to be one of the most sought after events in the country at that time. Moreover, it was the Deccan chargers team under the captaincy of former Aussie Wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist, which went on to win the second edition of the coveted tournament.
Moreover, it was RP Singh from the Deccan chargers team who won the purple cap for scalping 23 wickets in the tournament while the Orange cap went to Mathew Hayden for scoring most number of runs (572)
Winners – Chennai Super Kings
Most Wickets ( Purple Cap)- Pragyan Ojha (21)
Most Runs in the Tournament (Orange Cap): Sachin Tendulkar (618 )
This was the tournament which would mostly be remembered for the heroics of Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar who single handedly took his team through to the IPL finals before they went down to the Chennai Super kings led by MS Dhoni. Still the legendary batsman was been able to amass 618 runs in the process while getting his hands on the prestigious Orange cap after a wait of 2 years. The Tournament also saw some of the closest of the matches between the teams of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai super kings which saw both the teams amassing 469 runs in total which is still an IPL record. Additionally, it was Pragyan Ojha from Deccan chargers who grabbed the purple cap for taking 21 wickets in the tournament whilst Sachin tendulkar won the prestigious Orange cap for scori8ng 618 runs in the tournament.
Winners – Chennai Super Kings
Most Wickets ( Purple Cap)- Lasith Malinga (28)
Most Runs in the Tournament (Orange Cap): Chris Gayle (608)
The Tournament saw two new teams of Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Pune Warriors India on board and also saw some of the “Not so good” list of events happening off field. BBCI reprimanded the teams of Chennai Super kings and Rajasthan Royals for their internal ownership issues and luckily for both the teams, they were still allowed to play in the Tournament. However, it was the Dominance of Chennai Super kings once again, which thrashed every other team coming their way in the tournament, while getting along to win their second consecutive IPL Title.
The Tournament also saw the emergence of two of the most impactful T20 specialist players in Lasith Malinga and Chris Gayle who went on to grab the Purple and Orange caps respectively for their brilliant performances throughout the tournament.
Winners – Kolkata Knight Riders
Most Wickets (Purple Cap)- Morne Morkel (25)
Most Runs in the Tournament (Orange Cap): Chris Gayle (733)
The 2012 season again saw some of the biggest controversies around in the world of cricket and it witness the termination of Kochi tuskers for the violation of pre-defined terms and conditions along with the ban on certain players who were found indulged in spot fixing cases. Still it was the IPL final between Chennai and Kolkata which ended the tournament on a good note while showcasing some of the most hardly fought matches in the IPL history.
The Chennai team posted a big total of 19 runs and they looked like taking the title away from the hands of the KKR team but not before a great partnership between Manvinder bisla and Jacques kallis which made the KKR team chased down the big total with great expertise. Moreover, Morne Morkel form the KKR team won the purple cap for his 25 wickets whilst the Orange cap went to Chris Gayle for his remarkable 733 runs during the whole tournament.
Winners – Mumbai Indians
Most Wickets ( Purple Cap)- Dwayne Bravo (32)
Most Runs in the Tournament (Orange Cap): Mike Hussey (733)
It was once again that the fixing saga rocked the IPL journey as three players from the Rajasthan Royals team including Indian star bowler Sreesanth were found to be included in the match fixing. Moreover, the Deccan chargers team were also been suspended due to nonpayment of the dues to BCCI whilst the owner of the Chennai super kings Mayappan was also been suspended on the spot fixing charges.
Talking about the on field action, the tournament once again saw the Chennai super kings team to make a place in the tournament finals but this time they fell prey to the Mumbai Indians team who also took the revenge of their defeat from 3 seasons before. Mumbai scored an average total of 148 runs but they were been able to stop Chennai at a paltry score of 125 runs and thus beating them down with 23 runs eventually.
Winners – Kolkata Knight Riders
Most Wickets ( Purple Cap)- Mohit Sharma (23)
Most Runs in the Tournament (Orange Cap): Robin Uthappa (660)
The sixth edition of IPL saw the tournament to be reduced down to just 8 teams once again after the Pune warriors team withdrew from the Tournament over some financial differences with the BCCI. Moreover, the first few matches of the IPL were played in UAE due to the general elections in the country. Still it was the Punjab team who rode on their luck along with some breathtaking performances by their Aussie player Glenn Maxwell and made a place in the final of the tournament for the first time.
Still it was the Kolkata Knight riders team who emerged as Champions after managing to chase down a mammoth target of 200 runs in the final of the tournament. Their chase was mastered by Karnataka Player Manish Pandey who went on to score an impressive 90 runs out of 50 balls that he played. Robin Uthappa from KKR won the Orange cap while Mohit Sharma from CSK put his hands on the prestigious Purple cap.
Winners –Mumbai Indians
Most Wickets ( Purple Cap)- Dwayne Bravo (26)
Most Runs in the Tournament (Orange Cap): David Warner (562)
IPL 2015 can certainly be quoted as one of the most competitive seasons as the top 5 teams were just separated by just three points .Once again, it was the arch rivals Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super kings in the finals and Mumbai Indians clinch the IPL title for the second time in their history. The finals saw Mumbai scoring a mammoth total of 202 runs for the loss of five wickets all thanks to the half centuries by West Indies player Lendl Simmons and Mumbai Captain Rohit Sharma.
The chase got some good start powered by a swift half century from another West Indian player Dwayne smith but he along his other team mates was still fell short by 41 runs. The West Indian Dwayne bravo got awarded with the Purple cap for his 26 wickets in the tournament while Aussie Pocket Dynamo David Warner grabbed the Orange capo for his runs tally of 562 runs.
Winners – Sunrisers Hyderabad
Most Wickets ( Purple Cap)- Bhuvneshwar Kumar (23)
Most Runs in the Tournament (Orange Cap): Virat Kohli (973)
Chennai and Rajasthan got banned for two years after their owners were found involved in Betting incidents in 2015 and the IPL tournament in 2016 inducted two new teams on Temporary basis with the names of Rising Pune Super giant and the Gujarat Lions. While the Pune team was unable to show off any resilience in the Tournament even after having the likes of MS dhoni in their team, Gujarat came out perfectly by topping the group stages with great dominance under the captaincy of Suresh Raina.
Even after topping the group with some consistent top class cricket, Gujarat finally fell down to their opponents in both the qualifiers and the eliminators. For the very first time, tournament saw two of the teams looking for their maiden IPL title with Royal challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the finals and even though everyone did expect RCB led by Virat kohli do take the trophy home, it was the Sunrisers team, who broke their dream once again by clinching a close victory by 8 runs. Still it was Virat Kohli who created a new record of most runs in an IPL season by amassing 973 runs and putting his hands on the famous Orange cap. On the other hand, the purple cap went to Bhuvneshwar Kumar with 23 wickets that emerged as a new T20 star bowler for the National team afterwards.
Winners – Mumbai Indians
Most Wickets ( Purple Cap)- Bhuvneshwar Kumar (26)
Most Runs in the Tournament (Orange Cap): David Warner (641)
The 2017 IPL season saw the newbie Pune team coming up with some great show as they went on to secure a spot in the finals under the captaincy of former Australian Captain Steven Smith. Moreover, the IPL final for this year would be remembered as the most exciting final in the IPL history which saw the Mumbai team clinching their third IPL title by a margin of just one run.
Although Pune were been able to stop Mumbai Indians for a paltry total of 128 runs, they weren’t been able to cross the line even after getting supported by a fighting knock from their Captain Steven smith. Moreover, it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar once again who grabbed the Purple cap whilst taking 26 wickets in the tournament and the orange cap went to SRH batsman and Aussie player David Warner for his 641 runs in the tournament.
Winners – Chennai Super Kings
Most Wickets (Purple Cap)- Andrew Tye (24)
Most Runs in the Tournament (Orange Cap): Kane Williamson (735)
The 11th IPL season marked the return of two old franchises namely Chennai Super kings and Rajasthan Royals back into the tournament after spending town years of Suspension period and once again it was the CSK dominance under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, which made them took over the tournament and the title with great ease. Quite Interestingly, the CSK team were been regarded as the team of “ Old players “before the start of the tournament but they eventually proved everyone wrong with their scintillating performances.
Kane Williamson from the SRH team went on to win the Orange cap for his 735 runs in the tournament whilst Andrew tye from Punjab team grabbed the Purple cap for being the highest wicket taker in the tournament with 24 wickets.