What is the Indian Premier League?
Founded in 2008, the Indian Premier League or otherwise known as simply the IPL is a Twenty20 cricket league that takes place in India each year where eight city teams compete against each other with the season taking place between March and May.
Seven of the eight founding teams still compete in the league, Deccan Chargers dissolved in 2012 and there have been four other teams who have come and gone since 2011, Kochi Tuskers Kerala (2011), Pune Warriors India (2011-13), Rising Pune Supergiant (2016-18) and Gujarat Lions (2016-18). For the 2016 & 2017 seasons, both the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings were suspended due to rule-breaking.
Best Winning Strike Rates in the IPL prior to the start of the 2021 season:
- Chennai Super Kings: 109-183 (60%)
- Mumbai Indians: 120-208 (59%)
- Sunrisers Hyderabad: 66-128 (53%)
- Kolkata Knight Riders: 99-196 (52%)
- Rajasthan Royals: 80-165 (50%)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore: 93-200 (48%)
- Punjab Kings: 87-195 (46%)
- Delhi Capitals: 87-198 (45%)
The short-style game is popular among fans, the IPL attracts plenty of fans, in fact, it is the most-attended cricket league in the world and the league is a record-setter being the first sporting event to be screened live on YouTube back in 2010.
2021 Indian Premier League
The 2021 season is back to its usual timing after alterations in 2020, the 2021 season will take place between 9th April and runs through to the final on the 30th May. See which team the OLBG tipsters are predicting to win the 2021 IPL tournament.
**The season was suspended on the 4th of May with 31 matches of the regular season still to be played, it was finally agreed that the remaining matches would be played in the UAE with the matches being played in September & October.
The round-robin structure will remain, each team will face the other seven teams 'Home' and 'Away' although both matches will be at neutral venues so there will be no 'Home Advantage' this season, be sure to head over to the cricket betting tips page to see which teams the expert cricket tipsters are backing on a daily basis.
The major changes ahead of the 2021 IPL season have seen Chris Morris join the Rajasthan Royal for $2.3m which made him the most expansive signing, Krishnappa Gowtham went to the Chennai Super Kings for $1.3m making him the most expensive Indian purchase.
Who are the 2021 IPL Teams?
There are eight teams competing in the 2020 IPL tournament:
- Mumbai Indians
- Chennai Super Kings
- Hyderabad Sunrisers
- Kolkata Knight Riders
- Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Delhi Capitals
- Punjab Kings
- Rajasthan Royals
Where can I find the IPL table?
For the latest standing and to see who leads the way, head over to the official IPL site for the current IPL table and all of the latest news.
Who are the best IPL tipsters?
There are plenty out there who claim to be best, but can they back it up with statistics? I would suggest giving some of the OLBG cricket tipsters a look, they all come with annual statistics for their cricket predictions with only the profitable tipsters being highlighted on the best cricket tipsters page.
Indian Premier League Awards
There are several awards for players at the end of the season, the three major awards are the 'Orange Cap', the 'Purple Cap' and the 'MVP'.
The 'Orange Cap' is awarded to the player who has scored the most runs in the Indian Premier League for that season but there is also a 'Tour de France' feeling to the award with the current leading scorer where's the Orange Cap whilst fielding throughout the season, a bit like the 'Yellow Jersey' in cycling. Seven of the awards have gone to an Australian batsman including all of the last three.
Shaun Marsh (2008) won the first-ever Orange Cap with a total of 616 runs from 11 matches, Chris Gayle became the first player to win the award twice, he first won it in 2011 with 608 runs and then also won it a year later in 2012 with 733 runs, no other player has ever won it back-to-back. David Warner over the space of five seasons has won the award three times making him the most successful for this award, he won it in 2015, 2017 & 2019.
Previous Orange Cap Winners
- 2020 - KL Rahul (670 Runs)
- 2019 - David Warner (692 Runs)
- 2018 - Kane Williamson (735 Runs)
- 2017 - David Warner (641 Runs)
- 2016 - Virat Kohli (973 Runs)
Much like the 'Orange Cap' the Purple Cap is worn throughout the season by the current leading wicket tacker, that is the player who has taken the most wickets and in case there is more than one player with the same number of wickets, the cap goes to the player with the best economy rate.
It is interesting that five of the twelve winners were home-bred Indian players, maybe they have a better understanding of the pitch in India? Dwayne Bravo became the first player to win the award twice after wins in 2013 (32 Wickets) and 2015 (26 Wickets) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first back-to-back winner of the award having won it in both 2016 & 2017.
Previous Purple Cap Winners
- 2020 - Kagiso Rabada (30 Wickets)
- 2019 - Imran Tahir (26 Wickets)
- 2018 - Andrew Tye (24 Wickets)
- 2017 - Bhuvneshwar Kumar (26 Wickets)
- 2016 - Bhuvneshwar Kumar (23 Wickets)
Most Valuable Player (MVP)
Previously called the Man of the Tournament, the Most Valuable Player or MVP for short is awarded to the player who tops the rating system, this looks at several factors based on batting, bowling and fielding which produces the top-rated player at the end of the season.
Only two players have picked up this award twice, Shane Watson was the first winner of the award in 2008 and he won it again in 2013, Andre Russell won the award in 2015 and picked it up again in 2019.
Previous MVP Winners
- 2020 - Jofra Archer
- 2019 - Andre Russell
- 2018 - Sunil Narine
- 2017 - Ben Stokes
- 2016 - Virat Kohli
Maximum Sixes Award
There is also an award for the player who hits the most sixes during the tournament, Andre Russell's 52 in 2019 was the first to surpass 40 since 2013, the highest between 2014 & 2018 was 38 which both Kohli and Gayle hit. It is no surprise that with an award like this that Chris Gayle gets mentioned, in fact, between 2011 & 2015 he won this award for four of the five years and is only one of two players to win it more than once, Glenn Maxwell won it in both 2014 & 2017.
Previous Maximum Sixes Winners
- 2020 - Ishan Kishan (30 Sixes)
- 2019 - Andre Russell (52 Sixes)
- 2018 - Rishabh Pant (37 Sixes)
- 2017 - Glenn Maxwell (26 Sixes)
- 2016 - Virat Kohli (38 Sixes)
- 2015 - Chris Gayle (38 Sixes)
Past IPL Winners
Here are the previous winners of the IPL, the Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in the league having won the title five times, the Chennai Super Kings are next best with three wins whilst the Kolkata Knight Riders are the other team to win it multiple times with two wins.
|2020||Mumbai Indians |
157/5 (18.4 overs)
|Won by 5 wickets||Dehli Capitals |
156/7 (20 overs)
|2019||Mumbai Indians |
149/8 (20 overs)
|Won by 1 run||Chennai Super Kings |
148/7 (20 overs)
|2018||Chennai Super Kings |
181/2 (18.3 overs)
|Won by 8 wickets||Sunrisers Hyderabad |
178/6 (20 overs)
|2017||Mumbai Indians |
129/8 (20 overs)
|Won by 1 run||Rising Pune Supergiant |
128/6 (20 overs)
|2016||Sunrisers Hyderabad |
208/7 (20 overs)
|Won by 8 runs||Royal Challengers Bangalore |
200/7 (20 overs)
|2015||Mumbai Indians |
202/5 (20 overs)
|Won by 41 runs||Chennai Super Kings |
161/8 (20 overs)
|2014||Kolkata Knight Riders |
200/7 (19.3 overs)
|Won by 3 wickets||Kings XI Punjab |
199/4 (20 overs)
|2013||Mumbai Indians |
148/9 (20 overs)
|Won by 23 runs||Chennai Super Kings |
125/9 (20 overs)
|2012||Kolkata Knight Riders |
192/5 (19.4 overs)
|Won by 5 wickets||Chennai Super Kings |
190/3 (20 overs)
|2011||Chennai Super Kings |
205/5 (20 overs)
|Won by 58 runs||Royal Challengers Bangalore |
147/8 (20 overs)
|2010||Chennai Super Kings |
168/5 (20 overs)
|Won by 22 runs||Mumbai Indians |
146/9 (20 overs)
|2009||Deccan Chargers |
143/6 (20 overs)
|Won by 6 runs||Royal Challengers Bangalore |
137/9 (20 overs)
|2008||Rajasthan Royals |
164/7 (20 overs)
|Won by 3 wickets||Chennai Super Kings |
163/5 (20 overs)
IPL All-Time Records
Most IPL Runs
Which player has scored the most runs in the IPL? That would be Virat Kohli who has notched up a total of 6,021 runs in the IPL from 188 innings which works out as an average of 38.35.
- Virat Kohli (6,021 Runs)
- Suresh Raina (5,448 Runs)
- Rohit Sharma (5,431 Runs)
- David Warner (5,384 Runs)
- AB de Villiers (4,974)
Most IPL Sixes
It is no surprise to see Chris Gayle top the list with a total of 354 sixes, he also holds the record for sixes in an innings when hitting seventeen against Pune Warriors India during the 2013 season.
- Chris Gayle (354 Sixes)
- AB de Villiers (240 Sixes)
- Rohit Sharma (222 Sixes)
- MS Dhoni (217 Sixes)
- Virat Kohli (204 Sixes)