The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most well-known sports leagues globally! Indian cricket gained two valuable treasures after the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007: Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain and the Indian Premier League (IPL). The first edition of the IPL took place in 2008, approximately 13 years ago. Although not directly, the IPL significantly impacts cricket’s T20 format. It includes some of the most nail-biting matches and miraculous events, making it a source of entertainment for cricket lovers. Here are some of the most surprising moments that sparked a stir among fans:-
10. The ABD Show
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers clashed in the 50th match of the Indian Premier League 2012. In response to RCB’s poor bowling, the Deccan Chargers scored 181/2 runs. RCB required 39 runs from the final three overs, and Dale Steyn came to bowl the 18th. AB De Villiers went all out to smash Steyn’s over for 23! He scored a fantastic 47* from 17 balls, with five fours, three sixes, and a strike rate of more than 276!
9. Sunil Narine- The opener
Sunil Narine is primarily a West Indian off-spinner, but in the 2017 IPL, he opened the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders. In a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Narine caused havoc and surprised everyone by blasting a 54-run knock from only 17 balls with a strike rate of 317. His knock consists of six 4s and four 6s!
8. Tanvir’s Six Wickets
Tanvir created a record in a match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in the 2008 edition of the IPL, which was unbroken for almost 11 years! Tanvir began his stint by ducking out both of CSK’s openers. Then went ahead to take a total of 6 wickets for mere 14 runs, which was IPL’s best-ever figure till 2018 (Mumbai Indians’ Joseph took six wickets for 12 runs breaking the record).
7. Mumbai’s Epic Chase To Qualify
Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians clashed in a match of the IPL 2014, knowing that a win would secure the playoffs. While the Royals just needed a win to qualify, Mumbai was required to win significantly. RR batted first and set a goal of 190, which Mumbai required to reach within 15 overs to qualify. Corey Anderson’s 95* off 44 balls, combined with Ambati Rayudu’s rapid 30(10) and a big six from Aditya Tare, allowed MI to score 195 runs in 14.4 overs!
6. Pollard’s Unique “Hat Trick”
Pollard dropped Hussey’s catch three times! He had a one-of-a-kind “hat trick” by dropping three consecutive catches! Pollard is a solid player, but in the IPL 2015 match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, he lost CSK’s opener Michael Hussey’s catch three times, all three going straight to him. It didn’t do any significant damage as Hussey only made 22 runs before getting out.
5. 1 Ball Two Run-Outs
When Mohammed Siraj and Collin De Grandhomme were on the crease in the 19th over of a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sun Risers Hyderabad, Vijay Shankar bowled a no-ball to Siraj, who sent it to short cover and went for a run. Collin started the run but opted to turn around, leaving Siraj in the middle of the crease. The fielder gave the ball to Shankar, who ran out Collin before throwing the ball to the keeper, who ran out Siraj. Collin gets eventually deemed run out since his bat didn’t touch the ground.
4. ABD’s Superman Catch
ABD took one of the most stunning catches in IPL in its 2018 edition. In a match between Sun Risers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, De Villiers took a catch out of thin air to dismiss Alex Hales, who looked dangerous. Hales hit the ball in the mid-wicket area, a little away from Devilliers, and it was supposed to go over the boundary, but he covered the gap so quickly and soared so high and caught the ball with one hand!
3. RCB’s Iconic 49
It is a match that no IPL fan will ever forget. In 2017 Royal Challengers Bangalore recorded the lowest total ever in IPL history! RCB restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 131 runs in Eden Gardens and required 132 runs in 20 overs to win, but the star-studded RCB collapsed and were all out for 49 runs within ten overs! Every RCB player scored in the single digits, making it the most disastrous match the team has ever played.
2. Double Super Over
The world witnessed double super over for the first time in IPL in 2020. In a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, MI made 176/6. In reply, KXIP made 176/6 and managed to tie the game. There was a super over to determine the winner, in which Punjab set a six-run target, which Mumbai failed to meet and tied the score as the match moved to the second super over. Mumbai set a reasonable target of 12 runs, which Punjab quickly took down with two balls remaining!
1. The Gayle Storm
For any IPL fan, the most memorable moment was when Chris Gayle wreaked havoc in Bangalore by blasting an undefeated 175 off just 66 balls! Gayle struck 175* in an IPL match against Pune Warriors in 2013, which remains the highest score by a player in a single tournament in IPL history. Gayle’s innings had thirteen 4s and seventeen 6s with a strike rate of 265.