Indian Premier League(IPL) is one one the most prestigious sporting event in the whole world. From its inauguration in 2008, it has not only gained tremendous popularity but also created a huge sensation among the cricket loving fans. In this article, we are going to take you through 10 IPL facts that will blow your mind.

10 Indian Premier League facts that will blow your mind:

The facts are-

  1. Broadcasting rights
  2. The brand value of IPL
  3. Female commentators
  4. Royal Challenger Bengaluru’s “Go Green” initiative
  5. Sachin Tendulkar’s orange cap
  6. Chris Gayle’s unbelievable Records
  7. Kings XI Punjab’s ever-changing captains
  8. Chennai Super Kings fixed captain
  9. The most expensive player
  10. The bowler with no “No Balls”

Now let’s take you through the stories.

<b>Broadcasting Rights</b>

Broadcasting Rights:

In September 2017 Star India bought IPL broadcasting right for five years by whooping INR 16,347.50 crores. Yes, you saw that right. 16,347.50 crore rupee! That means the price of each ball is 21 lakh Indian rupee.

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Bidding for the IPL media rights.

 

<strong>The Brand Value of IPL</strong>

The Brand Value of IPL:

According to Duff and Phelps, the brand value of IPL in 2018 was US$6.3 billion. In addition to that, IPL generates more than 180 million USD to India’s economy every year making it the biggest contributor in India’s GDP.

The brand value of IPL
IPL is the biggest contributor in the Indian GDP

 

<b>First female commentators in any cricket game</b>

First female commentators in any cricket game:

For the first time in cricket history, IPL appointed females to participate in the commentary. They were: Anjum Chopra (India), Lisa Sthalekar (Australia), Melanie Jones (Australia) and Isa Guha (England).

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Lisa Sthalekar doing live commentary.
<strong>Royal challenger Bengaluru's 'Go Green' initiative</strong>

Royal challenger Bengaluru’s “Go Green” initiative: 

In each IPL season, RCB wears the green jersey for a match to promote the “Go Green” initiative. The main objective of this exercise is to spread awareness and to involve people in the “Swachh Bharat Initiative.”

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Royal challenger Bengaluru’s green jersey
<strong>Sachin Tendulkar's 'Orange cap'</strong>

Sachin Tendulkar’s ”Orange cap”: 

The orange cap is given to the highest run scorer in every IPL season. Needless to say, Sachin Tendulkar is the first Indian to get this honor. He was awarded this cap in the 2012 session where he scored 618 runs.

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Sachin Tendulkar wearing the prestigious orange cap
<strong>Chris Gayle's unbelievable Records</strong>

Chris Gayle’s unbelievable Records:

Batting sensation Chris Gayle has a lot of records in IPL. He has the highest individual run scorer record at his hand along with the records of most centuries, most sixes and most number of man of the match.

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Chris Gayle hitting hard with his bat
<strong>Kings XI Punjab's ever-changing captains</strong>

Kings XI Punjab’s ever-changing captains:

They are the only team in IPL with the most frequent changes in their captaincy. This is to say, in the last 12 sessions they have changed their captains for 11 times!

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Kings XI Punjab, always changing their captains after every session.
<strong>Chennai Super Kings fixed captain</strong>

Chennai Super Kings fixed captain:

MS Dhoni is the trademark of Chennai Super Kings(CSK). He is leading the team from its birth and also brought it victory three times! CSK has the highest winning ratio among all the teams in IPL.

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MS Dhoni’s captaincy brought CSK victory 3 times.
<strong>Most expensive players</strong>

Most expensive players: 

IPL has a history of buying top class players at a very high price. The biddings are usually highly competitive. As a result, the prices goes skyrocketing. However, Virat Kohli is the most expensive player ever sold in IPL till now. Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him last year by spending 170 million rupees! If you want to know more about the most expensive players of IPL, click here.

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Virat Kholi is the most expensive player in this years IPL
<strong>The Bowler with no 'No Balls'</strong>

The Bowler with no ”No Balls”:

Piyush Chawla is an incredibly disciplined bowler who has never bowled a single no-ball till 386th over of IPL. that means he has never bowled a no-ball in 8 years! sounds amazing, isn’t it?

The Bowler with no “No Balls”
Piyush Chawla is an incredibly disciplined bowler

 

Needless to say, IPL has many more mind-boggling stories that can make your hair curl. You can read our other articles to learn more about those.