In 2007, BCCI decided to start a premier league with cricketers from different international teams playing together. Hence Indian Premier League was established. 8 teams play in IPL and the names of the teams are based on different Indian cities. On 18th April 2008, the first match of IPL took place between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Night Riders at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
The popularity of IPL is incomparable and exceptional. Many leagues all over the world come and go but the name and fame of IPL top the list. IPL is definitely a revolutionary concept of cricket that helped young cricketers and made it easier for them to qualify for the national team. Every year a few youngsters show exceptional performances in the IPL and book tickets for the national team. It doesn't matter if the player is coming from the IPL winners team or not, all that matters is their performances on the field.
The 2021 IPL got postponed and had to be rescheduled due to the rise in the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The United Arab Emirates is hosting the rescheduled part of IPL. IPL will resume very soon from 19 September. Before the second part of IPL 2021 starts let's take a look and the IPL winners list from the beginning.
The first-ever final of IPL was played between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings at the D Y Patil Sports Stadium on 1st June 2008. Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets and clinched the IPL trophy by becoming the first-ever IPL winners. Yusuf Pathan from Rajasthan Royals was the player of the match, and Shane Watson received the player of the series award.
2009 IPL final between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers was played on 24th May 2009 at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. The bottom-placed team of 2008, Deccan chargers defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 runs, became the IPL winners, and won the 2019 IPL final. The team played exceptionally well and made a great recovery and snatched the title among 8 teams. The player of the match was awarded to Anil Kumble of Royal challengers Bangalore because of his impressive wickets. Adam Gilchrist became the player of the series.
Chennai Super Kings won their first IPL title in the 2010 IPL final. The final occurred on 25th April 2010 at the DY Patil Stadium. Chennai Super Kings defeated Mumbai Indians by 22 runs. Suresh Raina became the man of the match because of scoring 57 runs. Sachin Tendulkar received the player of the series award.
Right after winning their first IPL title in 2010, Chennai Super Kings again won their 2nd IPL title in the IPL 2011 final played on 28 May 2011 at the M A Chidambaram Stadium. The final took place between Chennai Super Kings and Royal challengers Bangalore where CSK defeated RCB by 58 runs. Murali Vijay received the player of the match award for scoring 95 runs and Chris Gayle received the player of the series award.
2011 was the year of celebration for Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Winning both the world cup final and IPL final definitely made 2011 memorable for him.
In IPL 2012, Kolkata Knight Riders won their first IPL trophy on 27th May 2012 at the M A Chidambaram Stadium. The final was played between the Shahrukh Khan-owned team Kolkata Knight Riders and the defending champion Chennai Super Kings. KKR defeated CSK by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining). Manvinder Bisla of Kolkata Knight Riders became the player of the match for scoring 89 runs. Sunil Narine received the player of the award. Sunil Narine's contribution was the biggest and helped KKR in winning the trophy for the first time.
It was the best farewell for Sachin Tendulkar as Mumbai Indians won the title in his last IPL season. Mumbai Indians won their first IPL title in the 2013 IPL final. Eden Gardens hosted the final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on 26 May 2013. MI defeated CSK by 23 runs and won the first IPL trophy. Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians received the player of the match award and Shane Watson was the Player of the series.
Kolkata Knight Riders repeated their 2012 legacy and won the 2014 IPL final against Kings XI Punjab. The final occurred on 1st June 2014 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. KKR won the final by 3 wickets. Manish Pandey scored 94 runs and received the player of the match award. Glenn Maxwell was the player of the series.
Mumbai Indians won their second IPL title in the 2015 IPL final. Eden Gardens with an attendance of 67000 hosted the clashing final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on 24 May 2015. MI defeated CSK by 41 runs. Both Rohit Sharma and Lendl Simons smashed half-centuries against opponents in the final. The winning team lost their first consecutive 4 matches of the series. But slowly come back and bagged their second IPL title. The Player of the match was awarded to the captain, Rohit Sharma. Andre Russell was the Player of the series.
Chinnaswamy Stadium hosted the 2006 IPL final Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore on 29 May 2016. SRH won the 2016 IPL title by 8 runs. The openers of both the teams utilized the powerplay and smashed 59 runs with no wickets. The final was definitely a close call as both the teams were smashing runs all around but SRH managed to clinch the title in between. Ben cutting received the player of the match award and Virat Kohli received the player of the series award.
For the third time, Mumbai Indians won the IPL trophy in 2017 IPL. Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium hosted the 2017 IPL final between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants. This final was a spectacular one as it kept the audience on their toes throughout the match. Especially the last over literally stopped everything as the match could turn entirely in the last 6 balls. MI defeated RPS by only 1 run and clinched the trophy for the third time. Krunal Pandya became the Player of the match. Ben Stokes was the Player of the series.
Chennai Super Kings reached the finals for the 7th time in the 2018 IPL final. The final was played against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 27 May 2018 at the Wankhede Stadium. CSK defeated SRH by 8 wickets (with 9 balls remaining) and won the IPL title for the third time. Shane Watson of Chennai Super Kings created a storm on the Wankhede Stadium and scored 117 runs. It is absolutely no doubt that he received the Player of the Match award. Sunil Narine was the Player of the series.
The night of 12 May 2019 was nothing less than a thriller for cricket lovers. It was the night when the two best teams of IPL, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings faced each other for the third time in the IPL final. Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium hosted the clashing final. The most exciting part of the final was the last over of the match. It was undoubtedly one of the most thrilling and exciting matches in IPL. The final kept the audience glued to the screen all the time and had an amazing and incredible finish at the end. MI defeated CSK by 1 run, became the IPL winners, and won the trophy for the 4th time. Jasprit Bumrah was awarded the Player of the match. Andre Russell was the player of the series.
After months of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, IPL was postponed and rescheduled in UAE. On 10 November 2020, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals faced each other in the final at Dubai International Stadium. Delhi capitals had an amazing series and reached the finals for the first time. The young captain Shreyas Iyer represented the team really well but sadly they could not win the trophy against the mammoth of IPL, Mumbai Indians. MI defeated DC by 5 wickets, became the IPL winners for the fifth time, and the captain, Rohit Sharma lifted the winning trophy. Trent Boult picked up 3 wickets and gave 30 runs with an economy of 7.50. He received the player of the match award. The player of the series was Jofra Archer of Rajasthan Royals.