History of the Indian Premier League - IPL
The Indian Premier League started in all places, with an idea born in Wimbledon London the home of Lawn Tennis.
It was June 2007 during a break in the tennis at Wimbledon (due to the usual English rain.) that Lalit Modi Vice-President of the Board of Cricket Control for India was having a conversation with Andrew Wildblood of the International Management Group (IMG), a company synonymous with sports management.
Lalit Modi having studied in America was impressed with the sports franchises which were common in the USA. He had a vision that he hoped would revolutionise the Indian Domestic Game. He needed Wildblood's input on the possibilities of creating a Twenty20 Cricket League based on the American model.
Wildblood was more than enthusiastic he revealed to Modi that they had been kicking a similar idea around their offices for sometime. He advised Modi that with the BCCI resolve and IMG's expertise a way could be found. A further meeting was called in London and a decision was made to turn the vision into a reality for the 2008 Cricket season.
The Timescale was absurd if not impossible but Modi and Wildblood are two men who thrive on the impossible they knew that it was a race against time and they set about it with grim determination.
If you look at how most sports league begin and mature you start to understand the difficulties faced by these two men. It is to their credit that in less than nine months the DLF Indian Premier League became a reality. What is even more amazing is not only has it been formed but the franchise's were sold for a colossal US $723.6 million. Wildblood realised from the beginning that the sporting model and it's fundementals had to be spot on. It was decided that the basis of the league would be eight teams playing each other home and away with semi-finals and final, and from that the commercial model and therefore the investor context, could be built.
September 2007 brought that element of good fortune that all new ventures need that was the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 which was held in South Africa, India won beating arch rivals Pakistan in the final the event was a success and it captivated the Indian public. Suddenly the short game was being viewed in a totally different light and the Indian Cricket public in one poll were 76 percent in favour, saying it was how they preferred their cricket.
The franchise tender process began in December 07 and on 24 January 08 came the deadline for the bids to be received. Wildblood was in Mumbai when the bids came in they hoped that the Mumbai franchise would sell for over one hundred million dollars and it did.
Among the bidders were some of India’s richest and most powerful names, from industrialists to film stars, which has only added to the event’s lustre.
February 2008 saw the frantic player auction, something that has never been witnessed in cricket before as the game’s top stars commanded sums that would have been unthinkable for any cricketer a few years previously.
The player auction created a media frenzy.
The start date was set at April 18 in Bangalore. One of the newest and most exciting forms of cricket had been set up in less than a year and it didn't disappoint.
Winners of theInaugral IPL were Rajasthan Royals
Winners 2009 were Deccan Chargers
Winners 2010 Chennai Super Kings
2011 saw the IPL increased to 10 teams with the addition of Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers, both teams performed reasonably well but the 2011 Champions were once again Chennai Super Kings.
2012 saw Chennai Super Kings make the final once again however they were beaten by 5 wickets by a talented Kolkata Knight Riders team.
IPL Cricket News
Congratulations to Kolkata Knight Riders who beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets in a thrilling final to become IPL Champions for 2012
2013 the season starts on April 3rd with Last season's winners KKR taking on Delhi Daredevils in the opening round of this exciting tournament. KOLKATA: have stated that the tag of defending champions would certainly add more pressure, KKR coach Trevor Bayliss is qouted has saying that the axing of skipper Gautam Gambhir from the Indian Test team won't affect his performance in IPL's current edition beginning April 3.
Pune Warriors Angelo Mathews has been named as skipper of the Warriors for 2013 campaign.
Last Season's Orange cap winner was
1 Chris Gayle RCB 733 Runs
2 Gautam Gambhir KKR | 590 runs
3 Shikhar Dhawan DC | 569 runs
Last Season's Purple Cap Winner
1 Morne Morkel DD 25 Wickets
2 Sunil Narine KKR | 24 wickets
3 Lasith Malinga MI | 22 wickets
Last Season's Super Sixes Winner
1 59 Super Sixes Chris Gayle RCB
2 Cameron White DC | 20 Super Sixes
3 Dwayne Bravo CSK | 20 Super Sixes
Last Season's Fairplay Award
1 Rajasthan Royals
2 Kings XI Punjab
3 Deccan Chargers
The 2013 Pepsi Indian Premier League Player Auction, was held in Chennai on Feb 3. The Auction bidding was brisk and 37 players were bought for a total sum of USD 11.89 million.
Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell had the privilege of being the most expensive player with Mumbai Indians shelling out a whopping USD 1 million for him.
Ricky Ponting was also snapped up by Mumbai Indians for his base price of USD 400,000, Michael Clarke was bought back by his last year’s franchise, Pune Warriors India again for the base price of USD 400,000.
R C Bangalore were the busiest club buying seven players in total three Indian and four overseas players while the new club Sunriser managed to bag fiver overseas players and one Indian.
37 players were sold and of these 14 were complete newcomers to the IPL.
If you would like to see the complete list of who went where etc, visit http://www.iplt20.com/playerAuction
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