As the curtains of IPL tournament opens in a couple of days ( opening  GAME on 9.4.21 at Chennai),  I look back on a globally viewed tournament here.


“The IPL has been designed to entice an entire new generation of sports fans into the grounds throughout the country. The dynamic Twenty20 format has been designed to attract a young fan base, which also includes women and children.”

“”Lalit Modi during the launch of the IPL in 2008

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a premier league of T20 Cricket tournament played during April & May every year in India (Of course it was held in South Africa in 2009 & in UAE (partly) in 2014 due to General Elections in India during those years) with 8 teams representing different cities of India.  It is being conducted on Franchise model like Soccer league teams.

The league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007, and is regarded as the brainchild of Lalit Modi, the founder and former commissioner of the league. IPL has an exclusive window in ICC Future Tours Programme.

The IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world and in 2014 ranked sixth by average attendance among all sports leagues. In 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event in the world to be broadcast live on YouTube. The brand value of IPL in 2017 was US$5.3 billion, according to Duff & Phelps.According to BCCI, the 2015 IPL season contributed ₹11.5 billion (US$182 million) to the GDP of the Indian economy.


The Indian Cricket League (ICL) was founded in 2007, with funding provided by Zee Entertainment Enterprises. The ICL was not recognised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the BCCI were not pleased with its committee members joining the ICL executive board. To prevent players from joining the ICL, the BCCI increased the prize money in their own domestic tournaments and also imposed lifetime bans on players joining the ICL, which was considered a rebel league by the Indian cricket board.


On 13 September 2007, the BCCI announced the launch of a franchise-based Twenty20 cricket competition called Indian Premier League whose first season was slated to start in April 2008, in a “high-profile ceremony” in New Delhi. BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi, said to be the mastermind behind the idea of IPL, spelled out the details of the tournament including its format, the prize money, franchise revenue system and squad composition rules. It was also revealed that the IPL would be run by a seven-man governing council composed of former India players and BCCI officials, and that the top two teams of the IPL would qualify for that year’s Champions League Twenty20. Modi also clarified that they had been working on the idea for two years and that IPL was not started as a “knee-jerk reaction” to the ICL

In order to decide the owners for the new league, an auction was held on 24 January 2008 with the total base prices of the franchises costing around $400 million.[14] At the end of the auction, the winning bidders were announced, as well as the cities the teams would be based in: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mohali, and Mumbai.[14] In the end, the franchises were all sold for a total of $723.59 million.[16] The Indian Cricket League soon folded in 2008.

Prize money

The IPL 2021 Prize Money for the winners will be INR 10 crores, runners-up will be INR 6.25 crores and the two other teams that qualify to the playoffs stage will be INR 4.375 crores each.  The prize money in the inaugural edition for the Winner was 2008 was Rs.4.8 crores and Rs.2.4 Crores for the Runners-up whereas the 3rd Place and fourth place teams got Rs.1.2 crores each.



In a tense final at D.Y. Patil stadium, Mumbai, RR led by the spinning wizard, Shane Warne (Australia) lifted the inaugural title by BEATING CSK, led by Captain Cool, M.S. Dhoni by 3 wickets.


In another nail biting finish at Wanderers, Johannesburg, South Africa , the DC team captained by the Stumper Adam Gilchrist (Aussie) BEAT RCB by just 6 runs. The tournament was held in South Africa due to General Elections in India.

3. 2010-CHENNAI Chennai Superkings

The most consistent team in IPL in this season, CSK this time  lifted the trophy for the first time  led by Captain cool, MSD by defeating Mumbai Indians by 22 runs at D,Y, Patil stadium, Mumbai

4. 2011- CHENNAI Chennai Superkings

CSK continued its form where it left last year by beating RCB at MAC Stadium, Chennai in a full packed stadium by 58 runs thanks to a brilliant opening wicket partnership of 159 runs between Murali Vijay & Mike Hussey.


KKR under the leadership of Gautam Gambir continued its true form in this season by beating the two-times defending champions CSK in their own backyard at MAC Stadium while chasing a high score of 190 runs with little unknown Bisla, whose belligerent knock paved the way for KKR ramp home with the trophy by 5 wickets


MI under the young captain, Rohit Sharma for the first time lifted the eluding trophy by beating CSK this time by 23 runs at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, thanks to all-round performance by the caribbean K. Pollard

7. 2014 – KKR

KKR again lifted the trophy by beating a spirited KXIP unit led by G. Bailey ( Australia) by 3 wickets in spite of a brilliant century by the gloveman, W. Saha at M. Chinnasamy stadium, Bengaluru


Again MI defeated CSK in a tense final at Eden Gardens, Kolkata by a bigger margin of 41 runs. The CSK team folded like nine pins and but for Dhoni’s knock it would have been a worst defeat.


A well knit unit of SRH led by  David Warner (Australia) lifted the trophy after a consistent performance in this season posted a huge total in the finals of 208 runs and RCB equally fought brilliantly by falling short of just 8 runs thanks to a brilliant opening partnership of 114 runs by Gayle & Kohli but other batsmen just caved in.

10. 2017 – MUMBAI indians

A third time victory in a thriller by MI was a cause for celebration.  The new team Rising Pune Supergiants ( replaced CSK which was banned for 2 years) under the leadership of the young Aussie, Steve Smith fought brilliantly till the last ball.  MI pipped RPS in the post just by a solitary run. This was the closest victory in the finals.

  11. 2018 – Chennai Superkings

After a ban for 2 years, CSK won the title for the 3rd time thanks to a belligerent century by the Opener Shane Watson – unbeaten 117 runs in 57 balls with 11 fours and 8 sixes played at Wankhade stadium, Mumbai  defeating SRH in the Final to win the Final with 9 balls to spare.  SRH was led by Kane Williamson as the regular captain David Warner was banned for 1 year due to a ball tampering episode.

12.. 2019 – Mumbai Indians

 J. Bumrah delivered it at the crunch situation. “Jasprit Bumrah is  the best bowler in the world at this stage”, declared Sachin Tendulkar,the Mumbai Indians icon, after the paceman had returned 2 for 14 to star in their IPL win over Chennai Super Kings in the Final..His returns – not a boundary hit off his 24 balls, and 13 dot balls thrown in – were incredible all right, making him a straight pick for the Man of the Match award too. And Mumbai Indians again held their nerves in a tense final at Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Hyderabad by piping CSK at the post by just 1 run.  The game was in CSK’s kitty till the 2018 hero, Shane Watson batting with 80 was RUN OUT  with just 2 balls to go. The uncanny Lasith Malinga , who was very expensive in this match, bowled a slow yorker to Thakur, who was plumb in front of the wicket and it was all over.  And MI won the title again for the fourth time.


Due to sudden spurt of  pandemic Corona Virus in India, the entire 13th edition IPL tournament was shifted to U.A.E. and was played in Dubai & Abu Dhabi between September and November 2020.  And Mumbai Indians were the clear favourites to win the title and this time Delhi Capitals fought well till the Final.  And in the Final they were done in by the New Zeland Pace bowler, Trent Boult with his beautiful swing bowling restricted DC with just 156 runs in the 20 0vers with only their young Captain Shreyas Iyer stood tall and hit a magnificent unbeaten half century and flamboyant Rishab Pant hit a cameo half century.  And MI batsmen hit the target 0f 156 without much discomfort as their captain Rohit Sharma hit a fluent half century and Ishan Kishan finished off the game in style with 8 balls to spare.  CSK finished 2nd team from the bottom in the 7th place.

2021  – MI again favorites this time also with their players performing well in the recently held ODI & T-20 series with England team.  Of course some dark horse my bring in some surprise. This time the tournament is going to be held in India itself , of course in a bio-bubble environment without spectators at the stadium.

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