As a 90s kid, I grew up watching the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting fight it out on the cricket field. One in Yellow, one in Blue. Aggressive captains, attacking top order batsmen and more importantly even better ambassadors of the game of cricket.
April 18th, 2008. It’s Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Kolkata Knight Riders at the historic Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. They wore the same jersey this time. They were two of such many icons that every kid like me grew up watching and admiring. Now, we get to see all of them play together on a common stage.
To aptly put it (perhaps childishly), the Indian Premier League was like a super-hero crossover for me.
11 years down the line, IPL has come a long way. While it does stick to its 8 team format currently, this tournament has seen a lot of changes in terms of no. of teams, venues, compositions.
We saw Hyderabad city franchise being owned by two business houses in different seasons. The branding, name and sponsors underwent a huge change post the liquidation of Deccan Chargers which was owned by Deccan Chronicle Holdings. In a fresh auction, Sun Group bought the Hyderabad franchise and named in the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Same goes with Pune city franchise which was initially owned by Sahara Group and subsequently by RP Sanjiv Goenka group.
Before we kick off this IPL season with a lot more content and coverage, let’s look at how each city (Not Franchise) fared in the past 10 seasons. The primary reason why I picked the city wise (not franchise-wise) performance is mainly on an underlying assumption that despite changes to the team name and franchise structure, the core fan-base which is based out of that very city is retained to a very very large extent.
Further, I have only considered cities which were part of the tournament for at least 3 seasons. Hence have not taken the teams of Rajkot (Gujarat Lions) and Kochi (Kochi Tuskers Kerala) as they were around for 2 and 1 year respectively.
#9 Pune(Pune Warriors India and Rising Pune Supergiant)
One team which finished on or below the 7th place in 4 of 5 seasons. With an average standing 7, Pune happens to be the least successful city.
However, Rising Pune Supergiant in their final season finished 2nd under the leadership of Steve Smith. They finished second best in a nail-biting finale featuring their neighbours Mumbai.
Not surprised, is it? No wonder.
Finished on the top of the table twice and qualified thrice to the play-off’s/semis in their first five seasons. What a successful team!
Finished on or below the 6th place mark in the remaining five. Oh No!
Average standing score at 6th place (5.9 to be precise) in the last 10 seasons and have barely challenged to sneak into the top 4. Especially in the last five seasons.
Delhi Daredevils now look to change their fortunes with their new franchise name and the re-branding. They are now called the Delhi Capitals. Let’s see how this type of re-structuring would change their fortunes.
Thanks to the Shaun Marsh epic in season 1 and their amazing run in the 7th (which was played in UAE, Dubai and India), Kings XI Punjab sit above Delhi and Pune with an average standing on 5.5. They, however, failed to qualify for the playoffs in the last four seasons and finished on or below the 7th place in three of them.
Despite having iconic players, Punjab lacked the depth every T20 team must have. Especially with the all-rounders. The Kings’ solitary run to the finals of the pompous league was in the year 2014, where Wriddhiman Saha’s magnificent 100 was overpowered by a certain Manish Pandey. Kolkata went on to win the league that year.
#6 Jaipur (RAJASTHAN ROYALS)
With an average standing score of 4.7, Jaipur is placed sixth.
Started as the underdogs with a ‘not-very-strong’ side. However, the Royals went on to lift the inaugural IPL edition beating MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings.
Sadly enough, glory ended right there for the Rajasthan Royals. The legion failed to make it to the top half of the table for the next 4 seasons & were declared defunct after they were found guilty of illegal betting and match-fixing probe.
#5 Hyderabad (Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad)
The Deccan Chargers finished at the bottom of the table in season one, winning only two of their 14 league games. They were crowned champions in the next which was held in the rainbow nation. Stellar performances from Adam Gilchrist with the bat/captaincy and RP Singh with the ball helped the team lift the coveted title. In the year 2012, Deccan Chargers franchise was expelled from the IPL after failing to produce a bank guarantee and other commercial commitments.
The Sun TV network took over the Hyderabad franchise and named it Sunrisers Hyderabad. And there no looking back from there. This star-packed side qualified for the playoffs in 4 of the 6 seasons they have played. Known for their disciplined bowling attack, Sunrisers Hyderabad were crowned champions in the year 2016 under the leadership of David Warner. Kane Williamson’s side topped the league table after the league games but were pummeled by the Chennai Kings in the finals.
With an average standing score of 4.72, Hyderabad city is at the 5th spot.
#4 Bengaluru (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
With an average standing score of 4.63, Bengaluru is at the 4th spot. Surprise! Surprise!
The only team in the top 4 without a single IPL trophy. RCB qualified for the Semi’s/Play-offs in 5 of the 10 occasions. Also played in three finals, losing all to their southern rivals (Two to Hyderabad and one to Chennai)
Known for its cult fan support, Kohli & Co now look to not just qualify but win the IPL for its fans.
#3 Kolkata (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Well. I have been partial to KKR here. Their average standing score is at 4.63 too and actually are tied with Team Bengaluru.
What sets them apart from RCB in that case? No offence to the RCB fans, the answer is the IPL trophy!
KKR won it twice under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir and qualified to the play-off’s four times in the 10 seasons they have played. They’ve always been a force to reckon with.
Known for their amazing scouting talent which was instrumental in identifying young stars like Jasprit Bumrah, Saurabh Tiwary, Yuzvendra Chahal, The Pandya Brothers and Nitish Rana, Mumbai has qualified to the playoff’s six consecutive times between 2010 to 2015. The Blue brigade played three IPL finals in the same period, winning two under the leadership of Rohit Sharma giving a perfect tribute to their iconic player and mentor, Sachin Tendulkar.
Their last IPL success was in the year 2017, wherein Mumbai Indians finished first on the points table and also lifted the IPL trophy after playing a closely contested final against their Maharashtrian rivals Pune, in Hyderabad.
With an average standing score of 3.45, it’s safe to say that Mumbai is the second best city to play the IPL.
Not surprised is it? I’m not surprised that you are not.
Chennai Superkings are a nightmare to play at Chepauk (also known as MA Chidambaram stadium), their fortress. Under the leadership of MS. Dhoni, Chennai played 8 seasons and has qualified to the semi’s/playoffs in all of them. They finished at the fourth spot only on one occasion and has won the IPL thrice, beating Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad in the year 2010, 2011 and 2018 respectively.
Chennai was expelled for a couple of years after the IPL-Match Fixing controversy which involved the co-owner.
Upon their return in 2018 along with Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings were crowned champions. Yet again, taking their tally to 3-equalling Mumbai Indian’s record.
With an average standing score of 2.33, Chennai Superkings are the best team to grace the IPL, never letting down their Chennai Ooru (city) and Chennai Makkal (fans).
The IPL grandeur is all set to lighten up the Indian summer yet again and this will also be the dress rehearsal for the mega event. The World Cup. 8 teams, the best cricketers from all around the world and 50 days of breath-taking cricketing action.
The INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE is coming.
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