The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most popular cricket tournaments in the world. It attracts millions of fans every year who enjoy watching their favorite teams and players compete against each other.
However, there are some facts about the IPL that even die-hard fans may not know about. In this blog post, we will discuss five shocking IPL facts that 80% of fans don’t know about.
These facts will give you a new perspective on the IPL and its history.
So, let’s dive in and explore these lesser-known but fascinating aspects of the IPL.
1. Rohit Sharma’s Hat-trick in IPL
Rohit Sharma, one of the most successful Indian cricketers and the captain of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is known for his aggressive and impactful batting.
However, he also possesses impressive bowling skills that have led him to achieve several milestones in his career, including one hat-trick in the IPL.
On April 29, 2019, during a match between the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders, Rohit Sharma surprised everyone with his bowling skills as he took a hat-trick in the 16th over of the KKR’s innings.
The hat-trick was achieved when Rohit dismissed Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, and Dinesh Karthik in three consecutive deliveries, becoming the fourth player in the IPL history to take a hat-trick.
Rohit’s hat-trick was not only an achievement for him but also a crucial moment in the match as it helped Mumbai Indians to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to a total of 133 runs, which they easily chased down in 16.1 overs.
Rohit’s impressive bowling figures of 1.0-6-20-2 not only helped his team to win the match but also earned him the Player of the Match award.
2. The First Indian to Win the Orange Cap in IPL: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest cricketers of all time, has many accolades to his name. Among them, the most notable one is being the first Indian to win the Orange Cap in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Orange Cap is awarded to the batsman who scores the most runs in the tournament, and Sachin Tendulkar achieved this feat during the third season of the IPL in 2010.
Tendulkar’s Orange Cap-winning innings included a memorable unbeaten knock of 89 runs off just 59 balls against the Rajasthan Royals.
In that match, Tendulkar displayed his class and skill as he smashed 15 boundaries and a six, guiding his team to a comfortable victory. He was also named the Player of the Match for his outstanding performance.
Sachin Tendulkar’s Orange Cap win in the IPL was a significant moment in Indian cricket history. It not only showcased Tendulkar’s exceptional batting skills but also proved that Indian players can excel in the T20 format.
His achievement inspired many young cricketers to dream big and work hard to achieve their goals in the IPL and beyond.
3. Team with most number of losses in IPL final – CSK
One of the most successful teams in IPL history is the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Led by the charismatic Mahendra Singh Dhoni, CSK has won the IPL title three times (2010, 2011, and 2018) and has made it to the finals eight times, a feat matched only by the Mumbai Indians.
However, what is lesser known is that CSK also holds the unenviable record for being the team with the most number of losses in IPL finals. Out of the eight times they have made it to the final, they have lost five times, which is more than any other team in the league.
CSK has been one of the most successful teams in the IPL, their record in the final is a blemish on their otherwise impressive resume.
Nonetheless, their consistent performances over the years make them one of the most formidable teams in the league, and it will be interesting to see if they can add to their trophy cabinet in the upcoming seasons.
4. Highest patnership in the history of ipl is virat kohli and ab de Villiers (229 runs)
Kohli and de Villiers play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and their partnership has been the stuff of legends. The duo has been involved in several memorable partnerships over the years, but their highest partnership came in the 2016 season when they put together a mammoth 229-run stand against the Gujarat Lions.
The match, which was played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, saw Kohli and de Villiers bat with consummate ease as they took the Gujarat Lions’ bowling attack to the cleaners.
Kohli scored a scintillating 109 off just 55 balls, while de Villiers played an equally impressive knock of 129 off 52 balls. Together, they smashed a total of 20 sixes and 19 fours in the innings.
The partnership was not only the highest in the history of the IPL but also the highest partnership for any wicket in T20 cricket. It was a testament to the skill and class of the two batsmen, who complement each other perfectly.
Kohli, with his solid technique and excellent stroke-making ability, provided the stability, while de Villiers, with his innovative stroke-play and ability to hit the ball to all parts of the ground, played the role of the aggressor.
5. Chris Gayle’s Spectacular Innings – Most Sixes in an IPL Inning
Chris Gayle, the West Indian batsman, is known for his aggressive and powerful batting style, and he proved it in the IPL when he hit the most number of sixes in an innings.
In 2013, while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India, Gayle hit an astounding 17 sixes in his innings.
His remarkable hitting helped his team set a mammoth target of 263 runs, which is still the highest team total in the IPL.
Gayle’s innings of 175* off just 66 balls, which included 13 fours and 17 sixes, is considered one of the greatest innings in the history of the IPL.
This feat shows the true talent and power of Chris Gayle, and it remains an unforgettable moment for IPL fans.