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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional league for Twenty20 cricket competition in India. It was initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), headquartered in Mumbai, and is supervised by BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla,who serves as the league's Chairman and Commissioner. It is currently contested by nine teams, consisting of players from around the world. It was started after an altercation between the BCCI and the Indian Cricket League.

In 2010, IPL became the first sporting event ever to be broadcast live on YouTube in association with Indiatimes. Its brand value is estimated to be around $3.67 billion in fourth season. According to the Annual Review of Global Sports Salaries by sportingintelligence.com, IPL is the second highest-paid league, based on first-team salaries on a pro rata basis, second only to the NBA. It is estimated that the average salary of an IPL player over a year would be $3.84 million.

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Season Winners Runners-up Teams
2008 Rajasthan Royals Chennai Super Kings 8
2009 Hyderabad Deccan Chargers Royal Challengers Bangalore 8
2010 Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians 8
2011 Chennai Super Kings Royal Challengers Bangalore 10
2012 TBD TBD 9

IPL 2012 season begins with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Mumbai Indians on Wednesday © AFP

The Indian Premier League 2012 (IPL 5) will have nine teams competing for the ultimate glory. A total of 72 league matches will be played at 12 venues over 54 days. The nine IPL franchise will play 16 matches each (eight away and eight home) to claim the top spot in points table.

Four play-off matches, including the final, will be played taking the total to 76 matches.
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In the play-offs, the top two teams in the points table from the league will face each other in the Qualifier 1 play-off match and the winner will qualify for the final.

The teams that finish third and fourth in the points table will play each other in the Eliminator play-off match. The winner will then play against the loser of Qualifier 1 in the Qualifier 2 play-off.

The winner of Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2 will face each other in the final of IPL 2012 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 27.

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First season

The inaugural season of the tournament started on 18 April 2008 and lasted for 46 days with 59 matches scheduled, out of which 58 took place and 1 was washed out due to rain. The final was played in DY Patil Stadium, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. Every team played each other both at home and away in a round robin system. The top four ranking sides progressed to the knockout stage of semi-finals followed by a final. Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings in a last ball thriller and emerged as the inaugural IPL champions.

The 2008 Indian Premier League season was the debut season of the Indian Premier League, established by the BCCI in 2007. The season commenced on the 18 April 2008 with the final match held on 1 June 2008.
The competition started with a double round robin group stage, in which each of the 8 teams played a home match and an away match against every other team. These matches were followed by two semi-finals and a final.[1] In a match which went down to the last ball, Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings in the final to win the title,[2] with Yusuf Pathan named the player of the match and Shane Watson adjudged the player of the tournament.[3] Sohail Tanvir won the purple cap for being the top wicket-taking bowler while Shaun Marsh won the orange cap for leading run-scorer in the tournament. Shreevats Goswami was awarded the best under-19 player award and the special award for Fair Play was won by the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings.

Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR

Rajasthan Royals (C) 14 11 3 0 22 +0.632
Kings XI Punjab 14 10 4 0 20 +0.509
Chennai Super Kings (R) 14 8 6 0 16 -0.192
Delhi Daredevils 14 7 6 1 15 +0.342
Mumbai Indians 14 7 7 0 14 +0.570 Teams that qualified for the semi-finals.
Kolkata Knight Riders 14 6 7 1 13 -0.147
Royal Challengers Bangalore 14 4 10 0 8 -1.161 Teams that failed to qualify for semi-finals.



Most runs

Player Team Matches Innings Runs Balls Strike Rate Average Highest Score 100s 50s 4s 6s
Shaun Marsh Kings XI Punjab 11 11 616 441 139.68 68.44 115 1 5 59 26
Gautam Gambhir Delhi Daredevils 14 14 534 379 140.89 41.07 86 - 5 68 8
Sanath Jayasuriya Mumbai Indians 14 14 514 309 166.34 42.83 114* 1 2 57 31
Shane Watson Rajasthan Royals 15 15 472 311 151.76 47.20 76* - 4 46 19
Graeme Smith Rajasthan Royals 11 11 441 362 121.82 49.00 91 - 3 54 8

Best batting strike rate

Minimum 150 runs scored, minimum 7 innings played
Player Team Matches Innings Runs Balls Strike Rate Average Highest Score 100s 50s 4s 6s
Virender Sehwag Delhi Daredevils 14 14 406 220 184.54 33.83 94* - 3 46 21
Yusuf Pathan Rajasthan Royals 16 15 435 243 179.01 31.07 68 - 4 43 25
Sanath Jayasuriya Mumbai Indians 14 14 514 309 166.34 42.83 114* 1 2 57 31
Yuvraj Singh Kings XI Punjab 15 14 299 184 162.50 23.00 57 - 1 24 19
Kumar Sangakkara Kings XI Punjab 10 9 320 198 161.61 35.55 94 - 4 41 8


Most wickets

Player Team Matches Overs Wickets Economy Rate Average Strike Rate Best Bowling
Sohail Tanvir Rajasthan Royals 11 41.1 22 6.46 12.09 11.2 6/14
Shane Warne Rajasthan Royals 15 52.0 19 7.76 21.26 16.4 3/19
Sreesanth Kings XI Punjab 15 51.1 19 8.63 23.26 16.1 3/29
Shane Watson Rajasthan Royals 15 54.1 17 7.07 22.52 19.1 3/10
Manpreet Gony Chennai Super Kings 16 60.0 17 7.38 26.05 21.1 3/25
Tournament's leading wicket taker wore a purple cap when fielding.[8]
Full Table on cricinfo
Note: Economy rate acts as a tie-breaker if players are level for most wickets.

Best economy

Minimum 20 overs bowled
Player Team Matches Overs Economy Rate Wickets Average Strike Rate Best Bowling
Sourav Ganguly Kolkata Knight Riders 12 20.0 6.40 6 21.33 20.0 2/21
Sohail Tanvir Rajasthan Royals 11 41.1 6.46 22 12.09 11.2 6/14
Shaun Pollock Mumbai Indians 13 46.0 6.54 11 27.36 25.0 3/12
Irfan Pathan Kings XI Punjab 14 53.0 6.60 15 23.33 21.2 2/18
Glenn McGrath Delhi Daredevils 14 54.0 6.61 12 29.75 27.0 4/29

Man of the Match Awards

No. of Awards Player Team
Shaun Marsh Kings XI Punjab
Yusuf Pathan Rajasthan Royals
Shane Watson Rajasthan Royals

Cricinfo IPL XI

On 5 June 2008, Cricinfo announced what it referred to as the 'pick of the IPL crop' in its 'short-form all-star XI' for the IPL. The team of the tournament consisted of:
  • Shaun Marsh - Kings XI Punjab
  • Sanath Jayasuriya - Mumbai Indians
  • Gautam Gambhir - Delhi Daredevils
  • Kumar Sangakkara (wicketkeeper) - Kings XI Punjab
  • Shane Watson - Rajasthan Royals
  • Yusuf Pathan - Rajasthan Royals
  • Rohit Sharma - Deccan Chargers
  • Farveez Maharoof - Delhi Daredevils
  • Sohail Tanvir - Rajasthan Royals
  • Shane Warne (captain) - Rajasthan Royals
  • Glenn McGrath - Delhi Daredevils


The IPL has been criticised by a few politicians and feminists for bringing in foreign cheerleaders, which is seen by many to not be in the traditional spirit of the game, as well as being against some Indian sensibilities.[9] Two cheerleaders from London were asked to leave the ground at Mohali ďbecause of the colour of their skinĒ by Wizcraft International Entertainment, which handles the team Kings XI Punjab. Ellesha Newton and Sherinne Anderson, both from London and of African ancestry were allegedly barred from entering the stadium by employees of Wizcraft International Entertainment on the pretext that "people donít like dark girls here".[10] Both the girls also allege that an employee referred to them with the racial slur ″nigger″.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said a probe would be initiated by the IPL only if the two women officially complain to IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.

BCCI and IPL officials are surprised that the two cheerleaders did not complain about the alleged racist behaviour while they were in India and spoke about it only after they returned to London.
"We have not received any complaint from any cheerleaders that they were asked to leave by the Mohali-based Kings XI Punjab franchise recently because of the colour of their skin," BCCI joint secretary M.P. Pandove said in Mohali.

Sreesanth - Harbhajan Singh altercation

On 25 April 2008, following the King's XI Punjab (KXIP)'s victory in the Indian Premier League over the Mumbai Indians at Mohali, KXIP player Sreesanth was slapped under his eye by Harbhajan Singh, the stand-in captain of Mumbai Indians. The incident came to light as Sreesanth was caught by TV cameras sobbing inconsolably on the field before the presentation ceremony. Sreesanth had since downplayed the incident saying he had no complaints against Harbhajan who was "like an elder brother" to him. Harbhajan's team had lost their third consecutive match when he apparently reacted violently to Sreesanth's approaching him and reportedly saying "hard luck". The footage of the slap has not yet been released for public viewing. The BCCI launched an investigation into the incident and decided to ban Harbhajan for the remainder 11 matches of the Twenty20 tournament.[13][14][15][16]

Player auctions

The auctions were conducted in January 2008 with Mahendra Singh Dhoni winning the highest bid of US$1.5 million.
Player Franchise Price (USD)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni Chennai Super Kings 1,500,000
Adam Gilchrist Deccan Chargers 700,000
M Muralitharan Chennai Super Kings 600,000
M Jayawardene Kings XI Punjab 475,000
Shane Warne Rajasthan Royals 450,000
Shoaib Akhtar Kolkata Knight Riders 425,000
Anil Kumble Bangalore Royal Challengers 500,000
Harbhajan Singh Mumbai Indians 850,000
Sanath Jayasuriya Mumbai Indians 975,000
Kumar Sangakkara Kings XI Punjab 700,000
Ricky Ponting Kolkata Knight Riders 400,000
Brett Lee Kings XI Punjab 900,000
Andrew Symonds Deccan Chargers 1,350,000
Daniel Vettori Delhi Daredevils 625,000
Matthew Hayden Chennai Super Kings 375,000
Brendon McCullum Kolkata Knight Riders 700,000
Jacob Oram Chennai Super Kings 675,000
Stephen Fleming Chennai Super Kings 350,000
Graeme Smith Rajasthan Royals 250,000
Herschelle Gibbs Deccan Chargers 575,000
Chris Gayle Kolkata Knight Riders 800,000
Shoaib Malik Delhi Daredevils 500,000
Shahid Afridi Deccan Chargers 675,000
Younis Khan Rajasthan Royals 225,000
Mohammad Asif Delhi Daredevils 650,000
Jacques Kallis Bangalore Royal Challengers 900,000
Zaheer Khan Bangalore Royal Challengers 450,000
S Sreesanth Kings XI Punjab 625,000
Dinesh Karthik Delhi Daredevils 525,000
AB de Villiers Delhi Daredevils 300,000
Mark Boucher Bangalore Royal Challengers 450,000
Parthiv Patel Chennai Super Kings 325,000
Kamran Akmal Rajasthan Royals 150,000
Albie Morkel Chennai Super Kings 675,000
Ajit Agarkar Kolkata Knight Riders 350,000
Shaun Pollock Mumbai Indians 550,000
Irfan Pathan Kings XI Punjab 925,000
Scott Styris Deccan Chargers 175,000
Farveez Maharoof Delhi Daredevils 225,000
Tillakaratne Dilshan Delhi Daredevils 250,000
Cameron White Bangalore Royal Challengers 500,000
Yusuf Pathan Rajasthan Royals 475,000
Joginder Sharma Chennai Super Kings 225,000
Gautam Gambhir Delhi Daredevils 725,000
Robin Uthappa Mumbai Indians 800,000
VVS Laxman Deccan Chargers 375,000
Wasim Jaffer Bangalore Royal Challengers 150,000
Rohit Sharma Deccan Chargers 750,000
Mohammad Kaif Rajasthan Royals 675,000
Suresh Raina Chennai Super Kings 650,000
Manoj Tiwary Delhi Daredevils 675,000
Chamara Silva Deccan Chargers 100,000
David Hussey Kolkata Knight Riders 625,000
Nathan Bracken Bangalore Royal Challengers 325,000
RP Singh Deccan Chargers 875,000
Murali Kartik Kolkata Knight Riders 425,000
Makhaya Ntini Chennai Super Kings 200,000
Lasith Malinga Mumbai Indians 350,000
Chaminda Vaas Deccan Chargers 200,000
Ramesh Powar Kings XI Punjab 170,000
Umar Gul Kolkata Knight Riders 150,000
Dale Steyn Bangalore Royal Challengers 325,000
Dilhara Fernando Mumbai Indians 150,000
Ishant Sharma Kolkata Knight Riders 950,000
Piyush Chawla Kings XI Punjab 400,000
Munaf Patel Rajasthan Royals 275,000
Nuwan Zoysa Deccan Chargers 110,000
Glenn McGrath Delhi Daredevils 350,000
Michael Hussey Chennai Super Kings 250,000
Tatenda Taibu Kolkata Knight Riders 125,000
Ramnaresh Sarwan Kings XI Punjab 225,000
Simon Katich Kings XI Punjab 200,000
Justin Langer Rajasthan Royals 200,000
Shivnarine Chanderpaul Bangalore Royal Challengers 200,000
Loots Bosman Mumbai Indians 150,000
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Second season

Main articles: 2009 Indian Premier League and 2009 IPL Players Auction
The 2009 season coincided with the general election in India. Owing to concerns regarding players' security, the venue was shifted to South Africa. The format of the tournament remained same as the inaugural one. Deccan Chargers, who finished last in the first season,were big underdogs, but came out as eventual winners defeating the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. Deccan set a target of 144 with the help of Gibbs(53) and defended it.

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