150 Amazing Facts About IPL [Indian Premier League]

Facts About IPL: The Indian Premier League (IPL), officially known as the Tata Indian Premier League due to its sponsorship, is a competitive 2020 cricket league in India. It is usually held in April and May of each year in a group representing certain cities and states in India. The league was established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2006. Lalit Modi, the founder and former commissioner of this league, is considered as the inventor of this league. The IPL has an exclusive position in the ICC Future Tour program.

The IPL is the most watched cricket league in the world and in 2014 it was ranked 6th among all sports leagues in terms of average attendance. In 2010, the IPL became the world's first live sports event to be broadcast live on YouTube. According to Duff & Phelps, the value of the IPL in 2016 was 8.3 billion. According to the BCCI, the 2015 IPL contributed ₹ 11.5 billion (USD 162 million) to the GDP of the Indian economy.

So far 14 seasons of IPL competition have been organized. The current IPL title-winning team is the Chennai Super Kings, who last won the title in the 2021 season. The most successful team in this competition is Mumbai Indians, who have won the title a total of 5 times.

150 Amazing Facts About IPL [Indian Premier League]

Interesting Facts About IPL

  • Suresh Raina has Played 132 Games in IPL so far.
  • Chris Gayle has scored 5 Centuries in IPL so far.
  • Praveen Kumar bowled the maiden ball of the IPL. 
  • Punjab Kings has the lowest win percentage, 44.44.
  • The estimated valuation of the IPL is above INR 45000 cr.
  • Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian batsman to win MOT in IPL.
  • Gautham Gambir top’s the list of most ducks in IPL (11 times).
  • Chris Gayle has the record for making most centuries in IPL(6).
  • The most catches in IPL matches have been done by Suresh Raina.
  • Manish Pandey is the first Indian player to score a century in IPL.
  • The IPL committee broadcasted IPL matches live on Youtube in 2010. 
  • Parthiv Patel is the first player to play from all 6 different teams.
  • Piyush Chawla is the bowler who did not bowl a dot ball in IPL History.
  • The live telecast of the IPL was the first broadcast on YouTube in 2010.
  • RCB holds the record for the highest (263) and lowest score (49) in IPL.
  • Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan are the only two players who won IPL thrice.
  • Parthiv Patel is the only player in IPL history who played for 6 IPL teams.
  • Sachin Tendulkar is the first player from India to win the orange cap in IPL.
  • Chennai Super Kings is the only team in IPL that has never changed its captain.
  • David Warner has made the record for scoring the most half-centuries in IPL (36)
  • Indian veteran leg spinner has taken the most hat-tricks in IPL (2008, 2011 & 2013).

Unknown Facts About IPL

  • Kings XI Punjab is the only team to change its captain 11 times in 11 seasons of IPL.
  • The youngest player to play IPL is Sarfaraz Khan and the oldest player is Brad Hodge.
  • Delhi Daredevils is the only team in IPL to never make it up to playing the IPL Final.
  • Rohit Sharma has been a part of the IPL winning team for the most number of times (4).
  • According to the BCCI, the 2015 IPL contributed US $ 182 million to the Indian economy.
  • MS Dhoni, Gautham Gambir, and Rohit Sharma are the Indian captains who won IPL (Twice).
  • The name of Delhi Daredevils was changed to Delhi Capitals before the start of IPL 2019.
  • Additionally, Praveen Kumar is also the bowler who has bowled the first-ever over in IPL.
  • Parthiv Patel has played for 6 different teams in the IPL. No other player has done this.
  • Amit Mishra made the record of the highest number of hat-tricks (3) in the history of IPL.
  • He played his 1st game for Royal Challengers Bangalore and 500th game for Delhi Daredevils.
  • Ishant Sharma has given 66 runs in his 4 over spell which is highest for Any bowler in IPL.
  • Mujeeb Zadran (Mujeeb Ur Rahman) is the highest-paid under 19 player to feature in IPL 2018.
  • Lasith Malinga is the highest wicket-taker in IPL with a total of 154 wickets in 110 matches.
  • Obviously, Zaheer Khan is the first player of IPL and the only player to play the 500th match.
  • Among Indians, Amit Mishra tops the list on the basis of taking the most wickets, 166 wickets.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH) is the only bowler who has won the purple cap twice in the IPL history.
  • Zaheer Khan is the sole player to be a part of the very 1st game and the 500th game of the IPL.
  • Piyush Chawla is the only bowler who has never bowled a no-ball till 386th over in IPL history.

Fun Facts About IPL

  • When it comes to taking the most catches in IPL, Suresh Raina tops the tally with 104 catches. 
  • KL Rahul has scored the fastest half-century of IPL in 14 balls against Delhi Capitals in 2018.
  • The IPL started on 23 September 2007 and the first winning team of the IPL was Rajasthan Royals.
  • The BCCI had banned Sreesanth from playing cricket matches in IPL-2013 for lifetime spot-fixing.
  • The highest run-getter of IPL is Current Indian skipper Virat Kohli, with 6076 runs in 199 games. 
  • Rajasthan Royals wore the 1st crown of IPL, Australian legend Shane Warne led his team to victory. 
  • Chris Gayle remains unsold in IPL 2011 and 2018. This is also one of the most shocking facts about IPL.
  • The most speculative is also used in IPL, it is a criminal act in which many people have gone bankrupt.
  • Among All the 9 teams in this IPL, Delhi Daredevils is the only team that had not qualified for Finals.
  • Chennai Super Kings lost four times in the IPL final which is the most number of loss by any team in IPL.
  • Adam Gilchrist is the only player in IPL history who bowled only one ball and got wickets on him as well.
  • CSK is the sole team to qualify for playoffs in every season of the IPL (except for two years due to ban).
  • In all the matches of IPL, the first match is won by the teams of Mumbai Indians or Kolkata Knight Riders.
  • Chennai Super Kings is the only franchise that hasn’t changed it’s skipper since its participation in IPL.
  • Indian star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has affected the most number of run-outs in the history of IPL, 21. 
  • Brandon McCullum made the game more popular and interesting by scoring 158 runs in the first match of the IPL.
  • Chris Gayle was not bought by any team in the fourth season of IPL but later RCB gave him a place in his team.
  • Piyush Chawla has scored more than 400 overs in an Indian Premier League career but did not bowl a single ball.

Shocking Facts About IPL

  • Chris Gayle also stands with the record of winning man of the match award, the most number of times in IPL (20).
  • Mumbai Indians holds the record for most wins by any team in IPL. They have won 91 out of 157 matches till date.
  • In terms of the best batting average, Indian opener KL Rahul remains first with an impressive average of 46.53. 
  • IPL is the first tournament in the cricket history where four female commentators participated in the commentary.
  • The first wicket-taker of the IPL is Zaheer Khan, he dismissed Sourav Ganguly in the first match of the 2008 IPL. 
  • Anil Kumble is the only player to be the Man of the Match even though he was in the losing team in the final match.
  • Due to allegations of match-fixing, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned for 2 years (2016 & 2017).
  • Prayas Ray Barman is the youngest player to play IPL at the age of 16 years and 157 days against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
  • Brad Hogg is the most adult player in the history of IPL. He was 45 years old when he last rivalled for KKR in IPL 2016.
  • KKR all-rounder Andre Russell holds the record of having the highest strike rate in IPL. He has a strike rate of 179.29. 
  • Chris Gayle (in 2011 and 2012) and David Warner (in 2015 and 2016) have won the orange cap twice each in the history of IPL.
  • In the history of IPL till 2015, Yuvraj Singh was the highest bought at Rs 16 crores while the IPL prize money was 15 crores.
  • The milestone of scoring the most number of fifties in IPL is held by David Warner, the southpaw has fifty 50s in 1148 games.
  • Mumbai Indians and Sri Lankan star Lasith Malinga owns the record of taking the most wickets, 170 wickets in 122 IPL matches. 
  • The most interesting fact about IPL is among 8 teams, Mumbai Indians has won the title 5 times (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 & 2020).
  • Punjab kings and Delhi Capitals are the only teams to the IPL final once, the rest of the teams have played it multiple times. 
  • AB de Villiers and Kieron Pollard are the only two overseas players who have played more than 100 matches for a single franchise.
  • No player of KKR has scored a century in the Indian Premier League after Brendom Mechlm, perhaps this year may break the record.

Unbelievable Facts About IPL

  • There is one question that arises in the mind of cricket fans: Who faced the first ball of the IPL? The answer is Sourav Ganguly. 
  • Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli are the only two Indian players who have won the most estimable player award in the history of IPL.
  • CSK is the only team in the IPL, which has reached the final 8 times out of 11 seasons and lost the finals most times too (5 times).
  • Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Pune Warriors (PW) stands with the record for the most consecutive defeats (9) in the single-season of IPL.
  • Ishant Sharma stands with the record of relinquishing most runs in an innings. He conceded 66 runs in 4 overs against CSK in IPL 2013.
  • Delhi Daredevils is at the forefront of being at the bottom of the table, in 2011, 2013, and 2014, Delhi Daredevils was at the bottom.
  • Former Indian spin doctor Harbhajan Singh is one of the best spinners of this lucrative league, bowling 1268 dot balls in 160 innings. 
  • Kolkata Knight Riders have made the record for most consecutive wins in a single season of IPL. In 2014, KKR won 9 matches continuously.
  • If we talk about the 1st purple cap holder in IPL, then it was Pakistani swing bowler, Sohail Tanvir, scalping 22 wickets in 11 matches. 
  • Moreover, Praveen Kumar is the bowler who has bowled the most number of maiden overs in the history of IPL. He has bowled 14 maiden overs.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar ( 2016 $ 2017) and Dwayne Bravo (2013 & 2015) have had the privilege to win the purple Cap twice in the history of IPL. 
  • On the other hand, Brad Hodge is the oldest cricketer to play an IPL match. At 45 years and 92 days, Hodge played his last match for KKR. 
  • If we talk about winning matches, then CSK is the boss. They have tasted victory, 111 wins out of 186 matches with a win percentage of 59.68. 
  • T20 format and six is the best match for any batter. The Caribbean legend Chris Gayle has smacked most number sixes, 357 sixes in 139 innings. 
  • The “Universe Boss” Chris Gayle has hit the highest number of centuries in IPL (6). Virat Kohli is only one century away to equal this record. 
  • The ace batsman from Delhi, Virat Kohli is the only player who has always played for one franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (2008-present).
  • Chennai Super Kings has the highest winning ratio, i.e. 60.42 per cent in IPL. CSK has played a total of 144 matches and has won 87 out of them.

Mind Blowing Facts About IPL

  • Currently, Rashid Khan has the best economy rate in IPL (6.23). Spin wizard Anil Kumble comes in the 2nd spot on the basis of the best economy. 
  • Scoring out on zero is a bizarre record one can have, Harbhajan Singh and Parthiv Patel has 13 ducks, which is the highest by any player in IPL.
  • There is no such record which is untouched by Sachin in the cricket world. He has made 618 runs in 15 matches including five fifties in IPL 2010.
  • Harbhajan Singh is the player who gets the most out at zero, Harbhajan has returned to the pavilion without opening the account 12 times in total.
  • Bowling a maiden over is a very big deal in the T20 format, especially if it’s IPL. Praveen Kumar has registered the most maiden overs in IPL (14).
  • In the history of IPL till 2015, Yuvraj Singh (Yuvraj Singh) was the highest purchased for 16 crores rupees while the IPL prize money was 15 crores.
  • CSK is the only team in the IPL that has not changed its captain. Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the captain of CSK since the beginning of IPL.
  • Chennai Super Kings all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo has grabbed the most wickets in a single IPL season, 32 wickets in just 18 matches with a BBF of 4/32. 
  • Sohail Tanvir is the first purple cap holder in the inaugural season of IPL, i.e. 2008. He took 22 wickets in 11 matches with an economy rate of 6.46.
  • In IPL matches, Harbhajan Singh has been out on zero runs only the most times. Overall, Harbhajan Singh has returned to Pavilion without scoring 12 times.
  • Aggressive fast bowler Dale Steyn has bowled the most dot balls (211) in a single season, he achieved the feat in 2012 representing Sunrisers Hyderabad.
  • Chris Gayle also holds the record for making the most number of sixes by a batsman in IPL history. He has hit 292 sixes in 112 Matches (till 20th May 2018)
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders faced each other in the first-ever match of the IPL. KKR won the first match of the IPL by 140 runs. 
  • Dale Steyn has the record of most number of dot balls in one IPL Season. In 17 matches, he had bowled 212 dot balls out of a total of 407 balls in IPL 2013.
  • Taking a 5 wicket haul in a T20 match is a matter of pride, Aljarri joseph got 6/12 against SRH in 2019 IPL, which is the best bowling figure by a bowler. 
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman marks his name in the IPL history to be the youngest player till date. He was merely 16 years old when he made his entry in IPL Auction 2018.
  • Former Kiwi wicket-keeper batsman, Brendon McCullum has hit the first six and four of the money-making league, it was Zaheer Khan who conceded the boundaries. 
  • Winning a Man of the Match is what a player desires. Proteas and RCB star AB DE Villiers has bagged the Man of the Match award most times in IPL history (23). 
  • Shaun Marsh is the first orange cap holder in the initial season (2008) of IPL. He has made 616 runs in 11 matches including five fifties and one hundred in IPL 2008.

Strange Facts About IPL

  • Praveen Kumar has marked his name in the history of IPL by bowling the highest number of dot balls than anyone else up to date. He bowled 1075 dot balls in 119 Matches.
  • Mumbai Indians have made the record of the biggest ever winning in the history of the IPL. MI defeated DD (Delhi Daredevils) by a massive margin of 146 runs in IPL 2017.
  • K.L. Rahul has made the record of fastest 50 (in 14 balls), and Chris Gayle holds the record of fastest 100 (in 30 balls) in IPL. And both of them are now playing for KXIP.
  • Chennai Superkings is the team that lost the final most times in 9 seasons of the Indian Premier League, but Dhoni’s team reached the finals in 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2015 but lost.
  • The Selling price of the Podcasting rights of IPL 2018 was a screeching amount of rupees 16347.5 crores to Star India Network. It foretells that one ball prices around 21 Lakh Rupees.
  • LakshmipathyBalaji is the first bowler who took a hat-trick in IPL 2008. He picked up the first hat-trick against KXIP on 10th May 2008. He finished off with a five-wicket haul in that match.
  • Sandeep Lamichhane is the first and the only Nepalese cricketer to play in the Indian Premier League. He was just 17 years old when he was bought in the IPL Auction in 2018 for 20 lakh rupees.
  • Virat Kohli has made the record of the highest number of runs in one IPL Season. He has made 973 runs in IPL 2016. He took 16 innings to reach this status, i.e. highest score with 113 runs in an innings.
  • West Indian ace batsman, Chris Gayle has also made the record for making the highest individual score in IPL. He had scored 175 runs while playing for RCB, in just 66 balls against Pune Warriors in 2013.
  • RCB has the record for making the highest and the lowest score in an IPL match. Highest score being 263/5 against Pune Warriors in 2013 and the lowest score being 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2017.
  • People are always interested in the highest run-scorer in a single season in IPL, they will be thrilled to know Indian & RCB captain owns the record, amassing 973 runs in 16 matches, including four 100s. 
  • Yusuf Pathan has been a member of the winning team three times as the IPL RR won in the first season when he was in Rajasthan Royals and then in 2012 and 2014 while in KKR’s team, his team won the IPL Trophy.
  • One of the most interesting facts fans want to know is about the cricketer who has hit most sixes in an innings. Gayle hit 17 sixes in his inning of 175* runs off 66 balls against Pune Warriors India in 2013.

Facts About IPL History

  • Rajasthan Royals (RR) holds the record for the highest successful run chase in IPL. They chased 214 runs in 19.5 overs against Deccan Chargers in 2008. RR made 217 runs with the loss of 7 wickets in 19.5 overs.
  • In a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2015, Kieron Pollard was sledging Chris Gayle so the on-field umpire issued a warning to him, therefore Pollard put a tape on his mouth for the rest of the match.
  • Aaron Finch is the first overseas player who plays for 6 IPL franchises. He has played for Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians and Gujrat Lions and Kings XI Punjab in 2018.
  • Manzoor Dar (24) is the only player from Jammu and Kashmir who played in IPL 2018. KXIP bought him for 20 lakh rupees. He plays cricket during daytime and works as a security guard during the night. His story is very inspiring.
  • CSK has reached the final six times instead of a two-year suspension from IPL, and this is the most number of finals earned by any other team in the history of IPL. CSK won the IPL trophy for two straight years, i.e. 2010 and 2011.
  • The IPL was established in 2007 by Lalit Modi, a former member of the BCCI. The IPL is the most prevalent cricket game in the world and ranks sixth among all sports leagues in the world. The IPL was broadcast live on YouTube in 2010.
  • Australian swashbuckling opener, David Warner has won the Orange Cap thrice (2015, 2017 & 2019). Isn’t interesting that an overseas player ruling the Indian event. It’s surprising that Indian players have won the Orange Cap four times only. 
  • Ashish Nehra (for DD) and Fidel Edwards (for DC) are the two bowlers to bowl the most economical overs in the history of IPL. They both had the same bowling figures, i.e. they conceded six runs in 4 overs with one maiden over each and one wicket each.
  • The BCCI founded the IPL with the purpose of stopping ICL organized by ZEE Entertainment Enterprises, which got started in 2007. Contemporary BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi was the man behind the birth of IPL after India’s 2007 T20 World Cup victory. 
  • The most expensive IPL player in the history of the Indian Premier League is Chris Morris, Rajasthan Royals bought him for INR 16.25 cr in the 2021 auction. The 2nd most expensive player is Yuvraj Singh, he was bought by Delhi Daredevils for INR 16 cr. 
  • Back in 1995, the planner of IPL, Lalit Modi proposed an idea of a 50 over format competition, but the officials of BCCI rejected it. Just think, what would happen if IPL was a 50 over format. There would be less matches and less entertainment compared to the T20 format. 
  • Fans from across the globe follow the marquee Indian tournament, they must be wondering about the first Orange Cap winner of IPL, the player who makes the most runs, wins it. Aussie opener Shaun Marsh was the highest run-scorer in the inaugural edition with 616 runs in 11 innings. 
  • In 2015, Parthiv Patel became the first Indian player to play for 6 IPL franchises. He started his career with Chennai Super Kings in 2008. Then he went on to play for Kochi Tuskers Kerala (2011), Deccan Chargers (2012), Sunrisers Hyderabad (2013), Royal Challengers Bangalore (2014) and the Mumbai Indians from 2015 to 2017. And in IPL 2018, he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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