Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IPL is back to enthral cricket fans

The 10th edition of India’s most captivating sporting extravaganza IPL or Indian Premier League has just got off to a start in Hyderabad with a match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers.

When the concept of T20 was first floated, there was lot of opposition to it, as many felt this short format was damaging the true form in which the game was being traditionally being played. But IPL has carved a niche for itself, and the best part is the longer Test match format, and 50-over One Day International format are still thriving.

Cricket fans are known for their obsession with statistics. Here are some interesting ones on IPL:
  • Highest team total - 263/5 - Royal Challengers - Bengaluru - 2013
  • Lowest team total - 58 - Rajastan Royal - Cape Town - 2009
  • Most extras - 28 - KKR - Kolkata - 2008
  • Highest individual score - 175 not out - Chris Gayle - Bengaluru - 2013
  • Most ducks - 12 - Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir - both 2012-13
  • Most sixes in a match - 17 - Chris Gayle - in 2013
The full set of IPL records can be accessed at ESPNCricinfo here