IPL cricket facts
Here are some facts related to the IPL cricket event organised every year. IPL stands for Indian Premier League. IPL was started in the year 2008. The event has been held each year since then. As of now, the event is contested by 9 teams. The Hyderabad based team-Deccan Chargers has been scrapped off and a new team is set to make debut in 2013- Hyderabad Sunrisers.
The teams are- Chennai Superkings, Hyderabad Sunrisers, Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Few months ago, IPL grabbed eyeballs during the auction, which saw 37 players being sold. Glenn Maxwell was the pick of the lot by joining the million dollar club.
Winners of the tournament:
2008- Rajasthan Royals.
2009-Deccan Chargers (doesn’t exist now).
2012-Kolkata Knight Riders.
IPL has had its fair share of controversies too. One example is the ‘Slap-gate’ incident, where Harbhajan Singh of Mumbai Indians slapped S Sreesanth of Kings XI Punjab. In the fourth season, after the bidding for Kerala team was found shady, minister Shashi Tharoor resigned. Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman and commissioner was removed from his position too. In the fifth season, some cricketers were found indulging in spot-fixing and other betting affairs after a sting operation carried out by India TV. Earlier, Pakistan players were banned from participating in IPL. Tamil Nadu government has asked BCCI to ban Sri Lankan players from playing in IPL 2013.
Despite all the controversies, IPL matches attract huge crowds and is watched by millions on TV. The T20 format ensures a high dose of entertainment. The opening and closing ceremonies are also a treat to watch. International celebrities like Akon have performed along with Indian celebrities here. This year, Pitbull is expected to entertain the crowds at the opening ceremony.
The entire schedule of IPL 2013 can be found here.
Here are the top bowlers and batsmen of IPL so far:
Here are the Top Batsmen of IPL so far:
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