Top 10 moments in IPL History
Less than 15 days and fans will be seen glued to their television screens to watch their favourite IPL teams perform on the field. With IPL 2021 ready to fascinate cricket lovers, the moments of the previous seasons of the league have become the talk of every town.
Besides spending hours remembering the best moment of the previous IPL seasons, cricket fans and lovers are now enjoying the fantasy cricket leagues available on multiple apps. There, they get a chance to select the members for the two teams to play in the upcoming matches. If you haven’t tried it yet, download IPL fantasy cricket app today and be prepared to select your favourite team members for the upcoming contests.
Inside Sport, in its recent publication, listed the five most unforgettable moments of IPL 2020. In fact, there are many other sources that are coming up with the best moments of the last season of the IPL. While the world is remembering the most memorable moments of IPL 2020, we decided to come up with the top 10 moments in IPL history altogether to help readers cherish the moments again.
1. Chris Gayle’s 175
Do you remember anyone scoring 175 in just 66 balls? It’s the one and only Chris Gayle, the West Indian opener, who did it. The cricketer left the bowlers of Pune Warriors surprised with 17 sixes, breaking multiple T20 batting records in the match. This 2013 season marked the highest score by Gayle and the score for Royal Challengers Bangalore emerged as the fastest T20 100 in the history of IPL.
2. Brendon McCullum’s 158
Fifteen sixes and 158 not out? Yes, it was Kolkata Knight Riders’ Brendon McCullum who scored the tournament’s highest score in IPL 2008, and that too in just 73 balls. Such a performance by the ace gave the IPL an amazing start, leaving cricket fans to crave for the next match as well as for the upcoming seasons. It remained the highest record made by a cricketer for many years in a row not only in the IPL but also in other T20 cricket tournaments.
3. ABD-Kohli Partnership
The dynamic duo proved their compatibility twice by scoring the highest in two IPLs. The first time, in IPL 2015, Virat Kohli and Ab De Villiers played in partnership and scored 215, breaking the earlier record of 206 made by Gilly and Marsh. The second time, the pair broke their own previous record by scoring 229 runs against Gujarat Lions. The Chinnaswamy Stadium witnessed a series of fours and sixes. Both the partners completed their centuries and performed brilliantly in IPL 2016.
4. Sohail Tanvir’s 6/14
Pakistani fast bowler Sohail Tanvir left fans surprised by taking 6 wickets in just 4 overs. The player represented Rajasthan Royals while Chennai Super Kings remained stunned seeing him recording such a bowling figure, which made history in the IPL pages. This happened in the 2008 season of the league and the record remained unbreakable until Mumbai Indians’ Alzarri Joseph collected 6 wickets for only 12 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018. Though the record is broken, the figures recorded by Tanvir, which remained as it is for 11 years, is considered to be a huge achievement to date.
5. Chris Lynn’s Spectacular Catch
Remember IPL 2014? KKR lost the toss but had an opportunity to bat first with 150/7 on the scoreboard. Royal Challengers Bangalore had a good start and the players continued performing well with the final over to go with AB de Villiers. But ABD made one mistake in this 2014 season. What? He tried hitting a six to the area where Chris Lynn stood. Yes, Lynn took an unexpected spectacular catch to dismiss the batsman from the field, recording a win for KKR.
6. The Super Over Tie
In IPL 2014, when Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals locked horns, the latter ended the turn with 152 runs, setting a target of 153 for the former. KKR seemed to be a clear winner until the 18th over where they needed only 16 runs in 12 balls with 6 wickets still remaining. However, as James Faulkner took charge of the 19th over, the scenario turned upside down, leading to the super over tie. Steve Smith and Sunil Narine faced each other during the match’s super over. The former pushed the ball from Narine in the extra cover region and took one of the calmest doubles, recording a win for RR.
7. Adam Gilchrist’s bowling
Nothing but the Gangnam-style dance of Gilchrist is what made the moment memorable when fans saw the cricketer in the form he never appeared before. Playing his last IPL for Kings XI Punjab, the cricketer who has been known for his excellent wicket-keeping skills tried his hands on bowling and that too in the last over of the game. With Harbhajan Singh as a batsman on strike, he tried the very first ball of his career and recorded a wicket followed by his version of the Gangnam style dance.
8. Kieron Pollard’s Hattrick
Though the bowler is known for the best moments during his association with Mumbai Indians, the most talked-about one is something that Pollard would surely want to forget. Yes, it was an IPL match between MI and CSK when Michael Hussey was the batsman on strike with Mitchel Johnson bowling. Kieron Pollard dropped three catches back-to-back.
9. Anil Kumble’s 5 for 5
Indian spinner Anil Kumble’s performance is always remembered but the IPL where it almost demolished Rajasthan Royals single-handedly was commendable. The performance led to an easy win for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
10. Suresh Raina’s 87 off 25
Mr. Consistent, as Suresh Raina is known based on his terrific performance in the IPL matches, scored 87 runs in just 25 balls in the 2014 season. The victory of CSK against Kings XI Punjab came up as a result of the fastest run record achieved by Raina. He couldn’t complete his century because of a runout. However, his fast score is still remembered as the greatest achievement.
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