What a performance by Gujarat Titans! They just made history by winning their debut season in the IPL. Even Hardik Pandya, who faced a lot of criticism, established himself as a top tier player. However, RR even with two top performers failed to perform in the finals against GT yet again. Their batting seemed lackluster and they failed to respond to GTs bowling, ending the game with just 130 runs giving away 9 wickets.
However, GT glided through this last match like butter, at no point did they seem in trouble. Even after losing two wickets in the first 10 overs, Gill and Panday took the match home easily. Pandya even took three wickets, further showing his superior skill set. However, with the finale coming to a close, the IPLs winners list is just getting better and better. So, here we are bring some excising facts, controversial moments, you should know about this season.
All you need to know about IPL
Each year IPL brings a lot of fun, excitement and 2 month long rivalry. And when it comes to cricket, Indian fans never miss to note down every little detail about each and every game. From the top run scorers to the craziest controversies this article is all you need to update yourself about everything IPL.
Most Controversial Moments in IPL
- Lalit Modi getting sacked
Lalit Modi getting sacked has to be the biggest controversy in IPL’s history. He was let go as IPLs chairman after fraud and mismanagement of money came to public eye.
In the first season of IPL spinner Harbhajan Singh slapped former bowler Sreesanth. This incident shook the whole cricketing community as it paints a bad picture for athletes across the globe.
- The 21st Hattrick
Chahal is the latest addition to the list of people who have achieved the rarest feat of getting a hattrick. Moreover, Amit Mishra and Yuvraj Singh previously recorded 3 & 2 respectively.
- Highest Runs Ever Scored In a Match
The highest ever recorded score in IPL came from RCB, 265 runs in 20 overs. RCB achieved this mountainous score with the help of Chris Gale who scored 175 runs.
- Most Sixes in IPL History
The record for the most sixes is held by Chris Gayle with 357 sixes. Additionally, he also holds the record for highest number of sixes in 2 consecutive seasons.
- Most Wickets in IPL History
Dwyane Bravo holds the record for the highest number of wickets taken in the history of IPL with a whopping 183 wickets. Lasith Malinga is trailing right behind him with 170 wickets.
- Number of Super Overs in IPL History
In the history of IPL there have been only 14 super overs. Super overs are especially exciting since the batsman tries to hit each ball for a boundary and bowlers try to avoid exactly that. Here is the list of super overs played to decide a winner in a match:
|2009||Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Rajasthan Royals||Rajasthan Royals|
|2010||Chennai Super Kings vs. Kings IX Punjab||Kings IX Punjab|
|2013||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore||Sunrisers Hyderabad|
|2013||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Delhi Daredevils||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|2014||Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Rajasthan Royals||Rajasthan Royals|
|2015||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kings IX Punjab||Kings IX Punjab|
|2017||Gujarat Lions vs. Mumbai Indians||Mumbai Indians|
|2019||Delhi Capitals vs. Kolkata Knight Riders||Delhi Capitals|
|2019||Mumbai Indians vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad||Mumbai Indians|
|2020||Delhi Capitals vs. Kings IX Punjab||Delhi Capitals|
|2020||Mumbai Indians vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|2020||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Kolkata Knight Riders||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2020||Mumbai Indians vs. Kings IX Punjab||Kings IX Punjab|
|2021||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Delhi Capitals||Delhi Capitals|
- What To Expect From The Next Season
With the action packed season that we had this season, you can be sure that people have marked their calendar for the next one. So, here is what you can expect from the upcoming season:
- First things first, AB de Villiers is coming back to RCB. After RCB almost made it to the finals, it’s fair to say with the addition of AB de Villiers RCB might actually win the next one.
- The next season will also follow the same format where the teams will be divided into two groups and each team will play at least 14 matches.
Gujarat Titans Just Made The Unexpected Happen
Gujarat Titans just ended the season in the most unexpected way possible. Hardik Pandya, who remained unbought by his previous team Mumbai Indians, led Gujarat Titans to victory. He definitely proved his worth to the world with the kind of performance he had. And not just him, Rahul Tiwatia emerged as a promising prospect for the Indian squad. Besides Tiwatia and Pandya, David Miller and Rashid Khan pushed the whole team to victory. Winning 10 out of 14 games, they proved themselves as a force not to be reckoned with. All their fans are sure to be expecting to see if they can maintain the same performance next year.
Not Enough To Lift The Trophy
After defeating the underdog RCB, Royals seemed confident that they would snatch the trophy from right under Gujarat Titans. And to a certain point it seemed possible because of Josh Butler with the most runs and Yuzvendra Chahal who took the most number of wickets. However, they had already failed to beat Gujarat Titans twice before in the same season. What was different this time? But all this doubt faded away when Buttler easily scored another hundred against RCB in their last game. Even the fans were overjoyed with Royals finally making it to the finale after 14 years. But alas all this wasn’t enough to beat GT.
To summarise, even though RR showed great performance against other teams, they failed to perform against GT three times. Which makes GT the stronger and better of the two and also a well deserved winner.