Indian Premier League, one of the most cash rich cricket tournament of the world started back in 2007. The ongoing IPL has entered the ninth season and it has been a massive success story for Indian Cricket and world cricket. The BCCI organized IPL is certainly one of the many leagues around the world but it is still the most cash affluent and most popular leagues in the world of cricket. However, there are few facts of IPL that are not known to everyone. Here are five IPL facts that you must know.
Gautam Gambhir holds the record for the highest number of half centuries in IPL. He has represented two teams Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. Gautam Gambhir has so far hit 30 half centuries more than any other batsman. He has the record of highest number of ducks as well before Harbhajan Singh surpassed him with 12 ducks in 2016 season.
Prthiv Patel holds the record for representing maximum number of franchises in IPL. He has represented six IPL franchises since the inception of the tournament. He has played for Chennai Super Kings, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Deccan Chargers, Sun Risers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
The biggest winning margin of IPL is 140 in terms of runs. The result was produced on the first ever match for IPL when Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore on the opening match. Brendon MacCullum scored mammoth 158 runs for KKR and that stood the highest individual score of IPL for long time. However, recently Chris Gayle toppled that with his blistering 175 runs,.
MS Dhoni has played most number of matches as Captain in all the seasons of IPL. In fact, MS Dhoni is the only player who has played all the seasons as Captain. He was also the only player till last season who captained the same side for 8 seasons. However, after the CSK team was suspended by the Supreme Court of India, MS Dhoni now captains the Rising Pune Supergiants.
Chennai Super Kings has won the maximum number of matches in IPL so far. However, the team has been suspended for couple of years and the win of 79 may be broken this year by Mumbai Indians who have won 78 wins so far. However, CSK would still top the chart for the highest winning percentage with 60.68%.
Delhi Daredevils have lost the most number of matches in the IPL Seasons. DD has lost 70 matches out of 127 matches so far. However, in terms of winning percentage, Pune Warriors India has the worst record winning only 12 matches out of 46 before getting defunct in 2013.
These records in the IPL are not only amazing but also equally astonishing. There are many more records that are going to be broken and set after the IPL 2016 comes to an end.