IPL is no less than a festival in India. It has a crazy fan following all over the country that waits for a new tournament each year. If you, too, are an IPL fan, read on to learn some interesting facts about the Indian Premier League that you were unaware of. Also, don’t forget to check Betway to know what ingredients make a champion IPL team.
1. The fastest century
On 23rd April 2013, Chris Gale smashed a century to create a record of the fastest century in IPL in just 30 balls at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The Incredible player is also the one to score the maximum number of centuries in IPL.
2. Virat Kohli: The Run Machine
With 190 sixes and 484 fours, Virat Kohli is the player to score the maximum runs in all the tournaments until IPL 2020. In 2016 the player shocked the entire nation by making a whopping 973 runs in one season. Undoubtedly, he justifies why his fans have named him “the run machine.”
3. The irreplaceable captain
Do you know that Chennai Super Kings is the only team in IPL that has not changed its captain ever since the first season? Yes! Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been the constant and irreplaceable captain for the team of CSK from 2008-2020. Not surprisingly, the team, under the outstanding captainship of Mahi, has won the IPL trophy thrice, making itself the team with the highest winning percentage.
4. Highly educated IPL cheerleaders
If you thought that IPL cheerleaders were all about beautiful faces and entertaining dance, you were so wrong. This is because a lot of them have university graduation degrees. In fact, the one cheerleader who appeared for the “Ask me anything” interview has completed her master’s course in Anthropology.
5. Unlucky Delhi Daredevils
The team of Delhi Capitals, formerly known as Delhi Daredevils, has been the unluckiest team of all. We say this because it is the only team that has not been able to play finals for even once.
6. The youngest player in IPL
Prayas Barman is the youngest player to make a debut in IPL. The player was just 16 years and 157 days old when he played his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore against SunRisers Hyderabad in a match played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in 2019.
7. The highest and the lowest scorer
During the 12 seasons of IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore is the team to score both the highest and the lowest number of runs. In 2013, the team scored 263 runs against Pune Warriors India, which has been the highest score in IPL until now. Also, in the 2017 season, the same team scored 49 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders, which is the lowest runs scored in the history of the Indian Premier League.
8. Players from Pakistan
Do you know that the first edition of IPL was also induced by several well-known Pakistani players like Sohail Tanvir, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, and Shoaib Akhtar? However, due to political tensions, Pakistani players were barred from the IPL from the next season.