The Indian Premier League changed the way cricket is played in India and has brought in huge scope for the entertainment industry as well.
Twenty20 cricket became phenomenally popular after India won the Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 and the IPL has since then cashed on the craze. From then on, India's involvement with IPL has been rewarding and marvelous.
Initialized by the then BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi, the IPL was launched in 2008 as a competitive response to the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
Following the same format as that of English Premier League and the National Basketball League (NBA) of the US, the maiden IPL tournament which Modi had conceptualized and ideated was on the way to come on the forefront in 2008.
The IPL works on a franchise-system based on the American style of hiring players and transfers. These franchises were put for auction, where the highest bidder won the rights to own the team, representing each city.
The auction for the same took place on January 24, 2008 and the total base price for the auction was $400 million. The auction went on to fetch $723.59 million.
The Mumbai franchise owned by Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) was the most expensive franchise - fetching $111.9 million closely followed by Vijay Mallya's United Breweries which paid $111.6 million for the Bangalore franchise.
Media house Deccan Chronicle won the Hyderabad chapter of the IPL for $107 million, while India Cements' Chennai franchise cost $91 million.
Bollywood also made its presence felt with two of its leading stars bagging the ownership of their respective teams - Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla's Red Chillies Entertainment buying out Kolkata for $75.09, while Preity Zinta and her beau Ness Wadia bought the Mohali team for $76 million.
Infrastructure development group GMR bagged the ownership of the Delhi team for $84 million and the Emerging Media, consisting of its CEO Fraser Castellino, Manoj Badale and Lachlan Murdoch and other investors won the rights for the Jaipur franchisee for $67 million.
The maiden edition of IPL had eight teams comprising a minimum of 16 players each. The tournament lasted for 44 days and involved 59 matches.
IPL TEAMS FOR THE FIRST EDITION:
1) Royal Challengers Bangalore: 'Icon player' Rahul Dravid was named the captain and Venkatesh Prasad the coach of the team.
2) Kings XI Punjab: 'Icon player' Yuvraj Singh was named the captain with Tom Moddy the coach.
3) Chennai Super Kings: 'Icon player' Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named the captain and Kepler Wessels the coach.
4) Kolkata Knight Riders: 'Icon player' Sourav Ganguly was named the captain and John Buchanan the coach.
5) Deccan Chargers: 'Icon player' VVS Laxman was named the captain and Robin Singh the coach.
6) Mumbai Indians: 'Icon player' Sachin Tendulkar was named the captain and Lalchand Rajput the coach.
7) Delhi Daredevils: 'Icon player' Virender Sehwag was named the captain of Delhi Daredevils and Shipperd the coach.
8) Rajasthan Royals: Former Australian spin bowler Shane Warne was named both the captain and coach of Rajasthan Royals.
The first match of IPL 1 was played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on April 18, 2008. IPL 1 got off to a rollicking start with KKR's Brendon McCullum taking the RCB bowlers to the cleaners by smashing 13 sixes and 10 fours in his 73-ball 158 to power KKR to 222/3 in 20 overs. RCB in reply were bundled out for just 82 runs in 15.1 overs with only Praveen Kumar managing double figures.
Shane Warne proved that he is the best captain that Australia never had as he marshalled his resources extremely well as after 58 matches, it was his team Rajasthan Royals that met Chennai Super Kings in the final at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai on June 1, 2008.
Yusuf Pathan took 3 wickets but Chennai posted a challenging score of 163/5 from their 20 overs. Pathan shone with the bat too hitting fours sixes and three fours in his 39-ball 56 before he was run out by Suresh Raina. The match went all the way down the wire as Rajasthan clinched victory on the last ball of the match.
Lakshmipathy Balaji took the first hat-trick in the IPL by dismissing Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla and VRV Singh to register figures of 5/24 as Chennai beat Punjab by 18 runs at the Chepauk on May 10, 2008.
Amit Mishra took his first hat-trick in the IPL for Delhi when he dismissed Ravi Teja, Pragyan Ojha and RP Singh as Delhi beat Hyderabad by 12 runs at Ferozeshah Kotla on May 15, 2008.
Makhaya Ntini is the only non-Indian to have taken a hat-trick in the IPL and he achieved the feat by dismissing Kolkata's Sourav Ganguly, Debabrata Das and David Hussey as Chennai won the match by 3 runs (D/L method) at the Eden Gardens on May 18, 2008.
The inaugural Indian Premier League proved that cricket will never be the same again. Corporate megabucks, Bollywood glamour and the frequent sound of wood thumping leather, the new cocktail revolutionized the sport in the way it was played.
Twenty20 greeted cricket with a six and the inaugural IPL sent crowd in the mad frenzy heightened by Bollywood music and the players rally on the grounds, conspiring what it needs to win the game.
Cricketainment was the new word to describe the evolution of a new chapter in history of cricket and no other place than India was ideal for a new phenomenon. Cricket being a religion in India, God has always had a competition here. Stars were born and suddenly Dhawans, Nayars, Mishras, Dindas, Asnodkars and Maheshs were recognized and admired.
The slam-bang extravaganza saw Aussie Shaun Marsh, son of former Australia opener Geoff Marsh, made bowlers think again before coming to him. Team Mohali's Marsh played sensational cricket throughout the tournament and produced 616 runs in 11 innings to register the highest aggregate by any player in any Twenty20 event. He hit one century and five 50s to return an average of 68.44.
Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir was one bowler whom batsmen preferred not to mess with. The left-armer wrong-footed bowler from Team Jaipur claimed 22 victims in 11 matches and was almost unplayable throughout. He could also hit distance. His association with blonde Shane Watson surprised the best of batsmen and they hunted as a pair. Together, they took 39 wickets.
Suresh Raina, the Uttar Pradesh sensation rated very highly by many, was a livewire for Chennai Super Kings. He took 10 catches in 16 games and was involved in two crucial run-outs. The left-handed batsmen, now a regular in India's ODI team, amassed 421 runs from 14 innings.
We had only heard of him from Irfan Pathan and he showed all of it in this tournament. Yes, Yusuf Pathan is the right answer. The hard-hitting unfazed Yusuf scored an electrifying 435 runs from 15 innings. The otherwise quiet Pathan cracked 43 fours and 25 sixes making him the most dangerous in the shortest version of the game.
The hit and miss tourney may have made life after offices a sizzler which hasn't really been happening before the IPL, for many. Harbhajan and Sreesanth too contributed to the opera.
Current IPL Captains
courtesy : IndiaTimes