Greatest IPL Matches in the Indian History
The craze for IPL is just beyond limits in India and across the globe. There are various fascinating reasons behind it. Indian cricket is appreciated for its unique gameplay, powerful players, and blue jersey. Cricket is not just a game, it’s a religion. IPL for that matter is much more fun and exciting. IPL is a T20 league played in India and is sponsored by various amazing brands. This is a domestic game and not an international one. According to the data obtained by the BCCI, in 2015, the IPL contributed Rs. 11.5 billion to India’s GDP. Well, it’s not just fun, the contribution is lots. The IPL brand value in 2019 was Rs 47,500 crore. The IPL brand value dips 3.6% to Rs 45800 in 2020. It earns a lot in just a month or so. The telecasting all over the globe and the amazing players just multiplies money.
THE CRAZE IS REAL
The game allows you to support any player from any team, no matter Indian or other national players. Otherwise, in an international match, you need to support the Indian team only. But here, international players can be supported because they play for Indian domestic IPL teams. Huff, this is so relaxing! Now you need not stress and just support your favorite player.
The game includes various players, starting from legends to freshers. Hardik Pandya, Bhumra, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwari, and various young players are a part of the IPL teams. You get to see various big names Including Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Kedar Jadhav, Dawid Malan, Hakib Al Hasan, etc.
The IPL is more akin to a Bollywood film than a cricket match. The inclusion of Bollywood and the world’s most powerful industrialists in the IPL just contributes to the tournament’s success. The TV networks can pay exorbitant fees for rights because of the exposure they would get as a result of being a member of the IPL.
This is just a 3-hour game and doesn’t last long like other games. Most of the games go on for 7-8 hours, and you usually feel tired and anxious. This is a perfect game where you can have all the fun and enjoyment in just 3 hours.
This game can be a lot of fun! People generally despise interruptions, but these help you to catch your breath, make a cup of tea, and use the restroom without missing a beat. When watching these nail-biting tournaments, that is just what you need.
It’s not just about cricket in the IPL; it’s also about the limelight. Again, the presence of Bollywood celebrities and industrialists spending money in the teams generates a lot of media attention; from after parties to hook-ups and on-field disagreements, their every step becomes a big deal, much like the movie stars. The IPL opening is very GRAAANNNNDDDD! It’s just like a festival.
Greatest IPL Matches In The Indian History
2011, Match 70: Mumbai Indians (178-5, 20 overs) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (175-7, 20 overs) by five wickets
- 2010, Match 54: Chennai Super Kings (195-4, 19.4 overs) beat Kings XI Punjab (192-3, 20 overs) by six wickets
- 2016, Match 53: Rising Pune Supergiant (173-6, 20 overs) beat King’s XI Punjab (172-7, 20 overs) by four wickets
- 2018, Match 5: Chennai Super Kings (205-5, 19.5 overs) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (202-6, 20 overs) by 5 wickets
- 2019, Match 19: Mumbai Indians (136-7, 20 overs) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (96-10, 17.4 overs) by 40 runs
- 2013, Match 31: Royal Challengers Bangalore (263-5, 20 overs) beat Pune Warriors India (133-9, 20 overs) by 130 runs
- 2008, Match 1: Kolkata Knight Riders (222-3, 20 overs) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (82-10, 15.1 overs) by 140 runs
- 2017, Final: Mumbai Indians (129-8, 20 overs) beat Rising Pune Supergiant (128-6, 20 overs) by one run
- 2019, Final: Mumbai Indians (149-8, 20 overs) beat Chennai Super Kings (148-7, 20 overs) by one run
- 2014, Match 56: Mumbai Indians (195-5, 14.4 overs) beat Rajasthan Royals (189-4, 20 overs) by five wickets
2011, Match 70: Mumbai Indians (178-5, 20 overs) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (175-7, 20 overs) by five wickets
People have gone gaga over IPL. In the year 2011, Mumbai Indians played a match with Kolkata Knight Riders, and won by wickets. This amazing victory is still appreciated in IPL history. With 40 runs needed off 15 pitches, Kieron Pollard’s leg stump chopped down, MI pulled off the most unlikely of victories thanks to some inspired James Franklin hitting. With 21 runs required from the final over, the New Zealander smashed Lakshmipathy Balaji for four consecutive fours before Ambati Rayudu hit the winning run with a leg-stump full toss into a stunned Eden Gardens crowd.
2010, Match 54: Chennai Super Kings (195-4, 19.4 overs) beat Kings XI Punjab (192-3, 20 overs) by six wickets
Oh my God, we cannot forget this match. In this match, the legendary player MS Dhoni got a title of a finisher. Chennai Super Kings recovered from 27-2 After four overs to require 16 from the final over of Irfan Pathan to reach the semi finale. The incredible win of Chennai Super Kings by six wickets is just mind-blowing. The captain of the team scored 16 runs in four balls, to win the game and take place in the finale
MS Dhoni, the Man of the Match says, “It’s a tough game, you can’t always perform, but if you perform in big games, you get that tag of being the pressure player. But the fact is, Raina and Badri set the chase up. It was an emotional moment. Your franchise pays so much money for you, you should at least make the semi-finals. After that, you can say it is a lottery. The kind of franchise we have got, the kind of team we have, we should have made it to the semi-finals before this game. So it was an emotional moment, at least for me.”
2016, Match 53: Rising Pune Supergiant (173-6, 20 overs) beat King’s XI Punjab (172-7, 20 overs) by four wickets
Mahendra Singh Dhoni played from the side of Rising Pune Supergiant and had a very impressive game player to qualify. The team required 22 runs from the last five balls. What do you think, how would a captain plan gameplay in such a critical situation? Mahendra Singh Dhoni instead of being demotivated, hit three sixes and a four to win the game. This is known as the trademark helicopter shot, which has not been played by anyone in IPL history. This was one of the most memorable moments for MS Dhoni. This moment was written in gold in the IPL history
2018, Match 5: Chennai Super Kings (205-5, 19.5 overs) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (202-6, 20 overs) by 5 wickets
56 off 23, Sam Billings turned the match around, leaving Andre Russell on the losing end despite his 88 records. Super Kings’ chase waxed and waned before the final over, chasing 203 after Andre Russell blitzed 88 off 36 deliveries, the highest score by a No. 7 batsmen or lower in the IPL. Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu gave Super Kings an urgent, quick start with a 75-run opening stand of 35 balls, reawakening the hushed home crowd. Then, as the needed pace soared, MS Dhoni’s 25 off 28 moved Knight Riders ahead once more.
2019, Match 19: Mumbai Indians (136-7, 20 overs) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (96-10, 17.4 overs) by 40 runs
This IPL game was appreciated not for scoring huge runs but for defending themselves. This challenging match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad is a must-watch if you are an IPL fan. A 22-year-old amazing cricketer Alzarri Joseph bowled out David Warner on his first delivery.
Alzarri Joseph, the Man of the Match quotes “It’s a dream start, can’t get better than this. I just wanted to bowl to the plans. When they said I was playing, I decided to keep it simple and back myself. When I got my first wicket, I had a muted celebration since I was focused on the game that we had to win. The boys are playing well, a lot of hard work, so all we need to do is go to the park and show them what we can do.”
2013, Match 31: Royal Challengers Bangalore (263-5, 20 overs) beat Pune Warriors India (133-9, 20 overs) by 130 runs
In this match, the legendary player Gayle scored 175 runs with 66 balls. He had 17 sixes and 30 fastballs to make this score. This is the best performance of a player and also the highest team total in the history of IPL. Chris Gayle’s unforgettable 66-ball 175 is easily the most exciting moment in the IPL’s history thus far. The West Indian opener crushed the Pune Warriors’ hapless bowlers for 17 sixes while also smashing various records.
2008, Match 1: Kolkata Knight Riders (222-3, 20 overs) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (82-10, 15.1 overs) by 140 runs
This was a game that has marked its dominance in IPL history. KKR achieved a great win by defeating the RCB. The batting and bowling skills of the KKR players during the time of the match deserve an applaud. Bredon McCullum smacked KKR for 222 for 3. He was 158 not out, writing his name in the IPL history. This was the highest score in T20 cricket. The RCB also had decent gameplay where Ajit Agarkar took 3 wickets and the start was just amazing.
McCullum says that he is pleased to have made an impression and Loves the excitement so far. He looks forward to more. He doesn’t credit any game plan as such. McCullum feels that it all just came together
2017, Final: Mumbai Indians (129-8, 20 overs) beat Rising Pune Supergiant (128-6, 20 overs) by one run
Rohit Sharma and his team always find a way to win, even at the odds. Mumbai’s tournament looked to be over as they slumped to 79-7 before solid lower-order hitting from Krunal Pandya and Mitchell Johnson hauled them to a total that was close to respectable. And it was Johnson’s night, as the Australian defended seven runs in the final five balls, dismissing Manoj Tiwari and fellow countryman Steve Smith to claim Mumbai’s third IPL crown.
Krunal Pandya was the Man of the Match and said “When the wicket was falling, I wanted to play 20 overs because I was the only batsman. I knew if I stayed till the 19th-20th over I could attack. The pitch was gripping sometimes, and skidding at others. Just wanted to make sure I’m there till the end and give the bowlers a chance. In the end, it comes down to preparation. I prepared well before the tournament and the results came. I want to thank Nitin Patel who helped me out when I got injured 5-6 games ago. It’s a dream come true to be Man of the Match in the final”
2019, Final: Mumbai Indians (149-8, 20 overs) beat Chennai Super Kings (148-7, 20 overs) by one run
Losing a match by one run is very disappointing. This was a victory for Mumbai Indians where Bumrah was awarded as the player of the match as he delivered 2-14 from four overs. Not only this, Malinga could gather three runs from the last three deliveries.
Rohit Sharma, the winning captain says, “We played some good cricket. Good to see we qualified in the top two. At the start of the tournament, we wanted to split the tournament into two halves. But credit to the entire squad, not just the XI. Even the support staff as well. Our bowling in this tournament was excellent. At different stages, our bowlers put their hands up and brought us back in the game. Every bowler who got an opportunity put their hand up, whatever condition we played in. We backed our ability and our skills, and that’s probably why we got rewards. About Malinga, that’s what champions do. I had confidence in him despite a poor third over. He also had confidence he could do it. I thought we could use Hardik for the 20th but wanted to back someone who has done it for us. Malinga has done it many times in the past, so not a very difficult decision. As a captain, I am learning every game and every tournament. But need to give credit to the team. Firmly believe the captain is representative of this team. Players make the captain look good.”
2014, Match 56: Mumbai Indians (195-5, 14.4 overs) beat Rajasthan Royals (189-4, 20 overs) by five wickets
This was the best IPL finish of all time. Rajasthan Royals (RR) plotted to lose a match they believed they had won. MI made the playoffs after being expected to be disqualified. The discarded cap of Royals coach Rahul Dravid was crumpled on the dugout turf. Aditya Tare, a Mumbai Indians batsman, dashed from the wicket, his jersey pulled over his head like Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating a Champions League final.
This was all about the best 10 matches of IPL. This game has not only proved to be a source of entertainment but also has help people grow. Many players who were freshers, made their name and gathered fame. The hard work, determination, and destiny helped all these people to succeed and engrave their name in Indian history.