Lalit Modi presented a 50-over format cricket tournament to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 1995, however the suggestion was rejected by the members of the board. But who knew at the time that this discarded initiative would turn out to be a watershed moment for Indian cricket?
The IPL has become the most talked-about cricket competition on the planet, with fans tuning in from all around the world to witness the action. It is the only cricket tournament in which active Indian cricketers compete against international superstars. Over the years, several players have used this platform to demonstrate their ability to the cricketing world.
The IPL season has begun, and cricket passion has reached new heights in India. The IPL, which is already in its 14th season, has seen some incredible moments and great accomplishments thus far. Hundreds of thousands of players have attempted to impress and distinguish themselves as T20 players in prior IPL seasons, but only a select few have been successful in dominating the rankings.
While the IPL has developed a sizable fan base over the past 13 years, many people are ignorant of a few lesser-known facts.
1. The Most Valuable Player Award has only been earned by two Indians
The major goal of the IPL was to promote Indian cricket. Only Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar have won the MVP of the Season award, indicating that foreign players have dominated the competition.
2. RCB is the first team in IPL history to score more than 250 and fewer than 50 runs in a single innings
Royal Challengers Bangalore has never won the IPL, but it has an unusual record in the league. RCB is the only club in the IPL to score less than 50 runs while amassing a 250+ total in a single inning.
3. For 386 overs, Piyush Chawla didn’t bowl a no-ball
IPL legend Piyush Chawla is an Indian leg-spinner. He will play for CSK in the IPL this year, and his franchise will be happy with his performance of bowling 386 overs without a single no-ball.
4. The extraordinary accomplishment of 100 matches by AB de Villiers and Kieron Pollard
AB de Villiers began his IPL career with Delhi and now represents RCB. Kieron Pollard has also spent a lot of time working with MI. Both players are the only foreigners to have played for a single team in 100 matches.
5. One ball cost Star Sports ₹ 21 lakhs
Despite having paid INR 16347.5 million for the rights, Star Sports paid INR 21 lakhs for telecasting one IPL match in the previous two seasons, according to a source.
6. Virat Kohli is involved in three partnerships totalling more than 200 runs
Virat Kohli, the former RCB captain, not only has the most runs in IPL history, but he is also the only batsman in the competition to be a part of three 200-plus partnerships, one with Gayle and two with de Villiers.
7. In the IPL, Harbhajan Singh has the most ducks
Harbhajan Singh, the former off-spin bowler for the Chennai Super Kings, has 13 ducks in his 12-year IPL career. The majority of the money has come from his previous squad, the Mumbai Indians.