It’s just a matter of a few hours that IPL Season 11 will find its champion. Soon after the same, this Indian T20 league’s hiatus of one year will leave a void in the ‘evenings’ of its die-hard fans. But before the season winds up, let’s go through 11 interesting IPL facts [one fact per season] that are sure to rob you of speech.
Season 1- Sachin Tendulkar takes four catches in a match!
When did that happen? Well, it was in Mumbai’s first ever match against Kolkata at the Wankhede Stadium that the God of Cricket made a new record of taking four catches in a single match. And guess what! The record is intact to this day.
Season 2- Rohit Sharma takes a hat-trick!
On May 6, 2009, in the match between Hyderabad (then Deccan Chargers) and Mumbai, the latter was sent to chase a score of 146 runs. However, the captain of the bowling side, Adam Gilchrist, had Rohit on for bowling whose off-spin deliveries changed the game around. Rohit took a total of 11 wickets that season, which the Deccan Chargers eventually won.
Season 3– Sachin Tendulkar wins the orange cap!
With five 50s and a strike rate of around 132, the Master Blaster was unstoppable in IPL season 3. Interestingly, many of his fans got a chance to see his performance on the “70 mm screen” as the IPL matches during the season were premiered in many multiplexes and cinema halls.
Season 4- Gayle Scores 37 runs off an over!
It was in this season that Gayle unleashed all his power. He was playing against Kochi Tuskers Kerala when he hit 37 runs in a single over. On the first ball of P Parameswaran, he hit a 6, then a 6 again on a No Ball, then came two 4s, two 6s and the over ended with a 4 again.
Season 5- Chennai gets way too lucky!
It was in this season that Chennai was sitting among the bottom four teams in the points table, and only a miracle could allow it to qualify into the playoffs. The Super Kings could go through only if Rajasthan, Punjab, and Bangalore lost their respective matches. And guess what! The ‘impossible’ happened and the three teams in question lost their games!
Season 6- Back to Back superovers for RCB
There had been only two superovers in the IPL until the 2010 edition (Kolkata V Rajasthan in 2009 and Chennai V Punjab in 2010). However, IPL saw two such games in a mere span of weeks, both involving the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the first one, on 7th April 2013, Vinay Kumar gave 20 runs in his over which caused Bangalore a loss. In the second one, on 16th April 2013, Ravi Rampaul took 2 wickets and gave only 11 runs in the decider which led Bangalore to a victory.
Mumbai scores 195 runs in under 15 overs! This is the highest ever T20 score in these many overs. Other than setting this record, Mumbai also qualified for playoffs. All thanks to Aditya Tare for hitting a six on the last ball.
In the Season 8 of the Indian Premier League, Brad Hogg becomes the oldest player to play the league. He was at 44 years and 81 days when he wore the jersey of Kolkata Knight Riders.
Alias the season of Virat Kohli. In season 9, he hit a total of four centuries. The run-machine played a total of 16 matches in the season where he scored 973 runs, comprising four centuries. All this despite getting a duck in the qualifier!
The ‘same’ RCB that scored 263 – Indian T20 league’s highest ever total – was bowled all out for a humiliating 49 against KKR in an innings that lasted for just 58 balls (9.4 overs).
Shane Watson hits a 100 wearing CSK’s jersey! ‘So what’s the big deal?’ You must be wondering. But he did that against Rajasthan, the team he played for earlier. The fact doesn’t end here. In the season 6, Shane Watson smacked a century wearing Rajasthan Royal’s jersey against his present team yellow. Amazing is the game of IPL!!