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IPL: A Look Back at the Stories Which Made Headlines Every Season

Crossing a decade the Indian Premier League (IPL) is into its 12th season. The IPL 2020 auctions on December 19 will start the countdown for the next season. Every season, the tournament gets bigger and better in terms of prospects and the number of players on show. In terms of talent as well, every season discovers new talents not only Indian but international as well.

Ahead of the 12th season of the cash-rich league, here is a look back at the stories which made headlines every season.

1) 2008: Rajasthan Royals Winning Inaugural IPL season

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The first season saw a number of exciting performances, but none better than the journey of Rajasthan Royals under skipper Shane Warne. The tournament which started more as an experiment, by the end of the first season became a revolution in the world of cricket back in the time. The first T20 match was played in England in 2005, but it found its real meaning after the first season of the IPL in India in 2008. The Royals beat the Chennai Super Kings, the most followed IPL franchise by the fans by three wickets to get their name written it IPL folklore. A young group of cricketers coached and led by Shane Warne did the unthinkable back then. Since then, the Royals have not been able to replicate that performance and are still looking for their second IPL title. 

2009: IPL Held Outside India

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Due to the general elections in India, the Indian government refused to promise the players complete security in the aftermath of the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan on 3rd March 2009. The Indian paramilitary services denied supporting the government after which the government came out with such a statement. Subsequently, IPL 2009 was held in South Africa from 18 April to 24 May 2009. The IPL injected approximately US$100 million into South Africa’s local economy. Besides, the BCCI signed an ₹82 billion (US$1.63 billion) contract with Multi Screen Media to broadcast matches live from South Africa to India.

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IPL 2010: CSK Wins Maiden IPL Title

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings to the maiden IPL title and which started the making of a new CSK under MS Dhoni. It was MS Dhoni’s third-biggest win as captain after the World T20 title (South Africa 2007) and the CB Series Champions (Australia) in 2008. Dhoni who was still young as a captain made a statement with his first of three IPL titles (as captain). CSK also started becoming a brand in IPL cricket with more and more players wanting to be a part of the franchise due to its popularity in a very short space of time. 

2011: Introduction of Two New Teams

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2011 will always be remembered as a special year in Indian Cricket history. One because India won their second World Cup title after winning it for the first time 28 years ago in 1983 under Kapil Dev. Second, because this was the first time that the IPL was made a 10-team tournament. This gave a reflection of the BCCI’s efforts behind making this tournament a global one and turning no stoned unturned in the process. Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala joined the IPL fold for the first time. 

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2012: Termination of Kochi Tuskers Kerala

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Kochi Tuskers Kerala truly turned out to be a one-season wonder after they breached BCCI’s Code of Conduct in the very second year of their IPL history. According to the agreement signed in terms with BCCI, the franchise failed to submit a bank guarantee that covers the fee payable to the BCCI. The team was owned by a number of owners who had stakes of different measure in the franchise. Due to personal disputes between the different members, the franchise failed to pay the 10% bank guarantee of the total franchise fee that it was supposed to pay before the season began. The BCCI on their part said that despite their several requests the franchise paid no attention to the deadline. On 19 September 2011, then BCCI President N. Srinivasan announced that the Kochi Tuskers Kerala IPL franchise was terminated by the BCCI because they failed to provide the bank guarantee to cover their annual fee. 

2013: Dwayne Bravo Scalps 32 Wickets to Create World Record

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West Indian All-Rounder Dwayne Bravo joined the Chennai Super Kings from the Mumbai Indians in 2011 and since then has been a part of two IPL titles under MS Dhoni in 2011 and 2018. A lot of credit of CSK’s second IPL title goes to Bravo as he scalped 32 wickets in the season to end up as the highest wicket-taker of the season. No other bowler has crossed the barrier of 30 wickets in the rest of the IPL seasons. Bravo’s feat still remains a record in the IPL. 

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2014: The Season of the Kings XI Punjab

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In 2014 out of nowhere Kings XI Punjab came out with their most impressive performance till date. They went for a complete revamp of their team at the auctions and picked up players like Virender Sehwag, GlennMaxwell, and George Bailey. The three of them along with David Miller who joined KXIP in 2012 turned the season around for Punjab. With the bat Maxwell (552), Sehwag (455) and Miller (446) scored almost all the runs for the franchise as they made their first IPL final. Despite KKR winning the title for the second time, it was KXIP which made a mark on the tournament with their performance. Kings XI Punjab was the story of that IPL season. 

IPL 2015: Lodha Committee/BCCI Bans CSK & RR Due to Match-Fixing Scandal

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Though Mumbai Indians won their second IPL title in 2015, something else became the story of the season. The Lodha Committee headed by Justice RM Lodha banned Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and their owners for two years and denied their owners from making any participation in cricket related events in the meantime. It came as a shock to many Indian cricket fans as reports of match-fixing evolved for the very first time in the IPL. BCCI had to abide by the decision of Justice Lodha and for the next two seasons, CSK and RR were not a part of the tournament. 

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2016: Virat Kohli Scored 973 Runs in IPL: The Most by Any Player in a Single Season

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2016 was the year when the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli discovered his true potential as a cricketer and it all started with the IPL. He scored 973 runs in the IPL that season, the most by any player in a single season to get his name into the record books. He also scored 4 IPL centuries that year, the most by any player in a single season again to enter the record books. He hit 83 fours and 38 sixes in the season and maintained a strike rate of over 150. Internationally as well, Virat has been scoring over 1000 runs in ODIs and Tests since 2016.

2017: MS Dhoni Takes Rising Pune Supergiants to IPL Final

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Though MS Dhoni led another team in IPL 2017, he wasn’t outside his character as a skipper. He took the Rising Pune Supergiant to their maiden IPL final in their second season. For the fans who were missing him leading CSK, he repaid the faith by taking another team to the finals of the IPL. Though they lost to Mumbai Indians by just 1 run in the final, it was the Rising Pune Supergiants who were everyone’s favorite team in IPL 2017.

2018: Return of CSK & RR into IPL Fold

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After serving their respective two-year bans from IPL, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals made a comeback into the IPL. Normalcy was back in the tournament with the return of two very dear teams, who were terribly missed by their fans. Both the teams made the knockout stage with the Chennai Super Kings eventually going onto lift the IPL title for the third time. For the CSK and the MS Dhoni fans especially, their happiness knew no bounds after the yellow army made a strong comeback.

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2019: The Emergence of Delhi Capitals

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Though Mumbai Indians won the IPL for the fifth time in 2019, Delhi Capitals was the story of the season. They made it to the top four for the first time since 2012 and in the process, played some really good competitive cricket. Ricky Ponting the coach was accompanied by Sourav Ganguly who joined the franchise as the team advisor. Together the duo changed the way Delhi played throughout the season. They won nine games including a Super Over against KKR which was the highlight of the season. With the kind of performance they put last season, they will surely be the dark horses in IPL 2020.

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