Indian Premier League (IPL) – The Grandest League of them all

Indian Premier League (IPL) - The Grandest League of them all

Indian Premier League (IPL) – The Grandest League of them all

Everything you wanted to know about IPL 2018

In this post, we have covered everything about Indian Premier League. It’s history, how it all began and how it became the biggest and the most watched Cricket league the world has ever seen.

History of Indian Premier League League (IPL)

It all started after International Cricket Council introduced a new shorter Cricket format with just 20 overs. They gave it a cute name Twenty Twenty or T20 for short.

When was the first IPL hosted?

Around the years 2006-2007, the craze for T20 cricket began to emerge across the Cricketing World. Be it England, Australia, South Africa or the Indian subcontinental teams, everybody was ready to dive into the new format.

When was the First T20 World Cup held?

The first World T20, World Cup for the new format, was organized in 2007, within seven months of the 50-over World Cup that happened the same year.

Who Won the First T20 World Cup?

As the days went by, the craze got even higher. Especially in India, after the Indian National Cricket team managed to win the inaugural World Cup T20. The whole Cricket fraternity of India was trying out of their blood and sweat to make something big out of T20.

Indian Cricket League (ICL)

Then something happened. The Indian Cricket League (ICL) was formed with Kapil Dev as its Chairman. The curious thing about ICL is that it kept the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket) and most of the regular Indian Cricket administrators completely out its formation, management, and duties. Somehow this was never going to go down well with the bigwigs of BCCI.

The Indian Cricket Board struck back hard. They imposed bans on any player joining ICL and used their influence in ICC (International Cricket Council) to get the Indian Cricket league unofficially blacklisted. As a result, most of the players who had decided to join ICL retreated back. The Indian Cricket League had to suffer the worst possible consequence. They stayed in existence but there was nobody to notice this small, insignificant league in front of the multiple Franchise based extravaganza created with the backing of the BCCI.

The Indian Premier League

The new league came to be known as the IPL, or the Indian Premier League. It included all the biggest Cricketing stars from all over the world. Even players who had retired from International Cricket did not miss out a chance to showcase their prowess in the new format in this new exciting extravaganza.

IPL is the inspiration behind Australian Nig Bash league, Pakistan Premier League

The IPL went on to be a big influence in the world stages, spawning off several national T20 leagues in other countries like Australia, West Indies, and England. Most recent one is Pakistan Premier League played in UAE.

The Australian Big Bash League (BBL) comes close to IPL in terms of size and fan following, but BBL bows its head down to IPL when it comes to influencing, power, and attracting the biggest names. Now, with the influence of BCCI in full force, the ICC has cleared the window for IPL to flourish without having to worry about international Cricket happening at the same time.



Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings IPL Team Logo

Chennai Super Kings IPL Team Logo

The Chennai based franchise is owned by India Cements and it uses the MA Chidambaram Stadium as its home ground. Its logo is that of a roaring lion, signifying its name, Chennai Super Kings.


Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians IPL Team Logo

Mumbai Indians IPL Team Logo

The Mumbai based franchise uses the Wankhede stadium as its home ground. It is owned by IndiaWin Sports, which is a 100% subsidiary of India’s largest conglomerate Reliance Industries. Its logo is that of a flying Wheel, signifying Lord Krishna’s wheel from Mahabharata.


Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL Team Logo

Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL Team Logo

The Bangalore based franchise is owned by United Spirits, manufacturers of McDowell’s liquor line. United Spirits was previously owned by Vijay Mallya, but he stepped down from his Chairman position in February 2016, which followed a year-long boardroom battle to remove him for allegations of “impropriety and violations”.

Currently, United Spirits is owned by Mahendra Kumar Sharma as the Chairman. The M Chinnaswamy Stadium is the home ground for the RCB. Its logo is a remodeled version of United Spirits’ brand product, the Royal Challenge Whisky. From 2009 to 2015, RCB’s logo highlighted abbreviation of the liquor product it was named after. The roaring lion which was placed at the top of this logo became the highlight of the logo after it was redesigned in 2016.


Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals IPL Team Logo

Rajasthan Royals IPL Team Logo

The Jaipur based franchise is owned by businessman and entrepreneur Manoj Badale. The Sawai Mansingh Stadium is the home ground for the Royals. The logo is a representation of the royal heritage and culture of Rajasthan, where we see Lions playing the trumpets from two sides paying tribute to the letter ‘R’, which represents Royals.


Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders IPL Team Logo

Kolkata Knight Riders IPL Team Logo

The Kolkata based franchise is jointly owned by Shah Rukh Khan (on behalf of Red Chillies Entertainment), Juhi Chawla, Jay Mehta from Mehta Group. The Eden Gardens Stadium is the home ground for KKR. Its logo shows a Knight’s helmet and feathers to signify its name.


Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL Team Logo

Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL Team Logo

The Hyderabad based franchise is owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV Network. Its home ground is the Rajiv Gandhi National Stadium. The logo shows off an eagle Rising towards the Sun and the Sunlight illuminating him.


Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils IPL Team Logo

Delhi Daredevils IPL Team Logo

The Capital based franchise is jointly owned by the GMR group of companies and the JSW group of Companies. Its logo, thus, is an amalgamation of the logos of GMR and JSW and does not hold any special significance. Feroz Shah Kotla is the home ground for the Daredevils.


Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab IPL Team Logo

KXIP is a Mohali based franchise which is jointly owned by actress Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman, Karan Paul, and The Oberoi Group. Both the PCA stadium in Mohali and the Dharamshala stadium have served as their home grounds. Its logo is that of a shield with the faces of two lions protruding out from two sides. The catchment areas of KXIP of Kashmir, Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana are well represented in the logo.

How to watch IPL in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, U.S, U.K, New Zealand, and Africa

IPL can be watched live in India or in any part of the World by people through the Hotstar app.

For Television viewers, it will be broadcasted on

  • Star Network in India
  • Channel 9 in Bangladesh
  • Geo Super in Pakistan
  • Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and New Zealand
  • Supersport in the African Countries
  • Willow TV in the United States.

For viewers looking for Hindi commentary, it is available in Star Sports 3 in India.


History of Winners at IPL

Year Winner Runner-Up Player of the Series
2008 Rajasthan Royals Chennai Super Kings Shane Watson
2009 Deccan Chargers Hyderabad Royal Challengers Bangalore Adam Gilchrist
2010 Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians Sachin Tendulkar
2011 Chennai Super Kings Royal Challengers Bangalore Chris Gayle
2012 Kolkata Knight Riders Chennai Super Kings Sunil Narine
2013 Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings Shane Watson
2014 Kolkata Knight Riders  Kings XI Punjab Glenn Maxwell
2015 Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings Andre Russell
2016 Sunrisers Hyderabad Royal Challengers Bangalore Virat Kohli
2017 Mumbai Indians Rising Pune Supergiants Ben Stokes


IPL 2018 Preview – Chances of the Teams

IPL 2018

IPL 2018 (Source: The Statesman)

As the 2018 IPL season is about to begin, players can’t wait to get back some franchise cricket after year-long expeditions in their National teams. Everybody has a chance in the franchise league but only a few teams have stood out in the past. Mumbai Indians will begin proceedings against the Chennai Super Kings on the 7th of April. Both teams are the standout teams in the IPL history. A few other sides this time around will be looking to go deep again, but it all depends on who stands out on the day that matters. Mumbai and Chennai have done so well in the past in exactly this aspect – bringing their A game on the ground in each match.

Kolkata Knight Riders are will be looking for some major scalps this season, having not done anything of much significance since their last title in 2014.

Sunrisers Hyderabad will be looking to get back to the form and the temperament which took them to the title in 2016. In the other hand, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, and Rajasthan Royals will look to be on the right track at the beginning.

All in all, there is a lot of excitement to look forward to in IPL 2018, and the comeback of the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings will act as a catalyst to that excitement. The door to International Cricket will be closed for now, and it will make its way for the grandest Franchise Cricket League in the World to follow its own course.


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