The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most popular professional cricket tournaments, held in India. It was first held in 2008 to promote professional cricket in India. The tournament held each year during April and May. The league was founded by world’s richest cricket body ‘Board of Control for Cricket in India’ in 2007.
Team Sold in Millions of Dollars
The Indian Premier League team/franchisees were sold millions of dollars to various industrialists, celebrities, and businessman. The Mumbai Indians was sold for US$111.9 million to the Reliance Industries. The Kolkata Knight Riders was sold for US$75.09 million by Jay Mehta, Juhi Chawla, and Shahrukh Khan (Red Chillies Entertainment). Delhi Daredevils was sold to GMR Group, for US$84 million. Kings XI Punjab was sold for US$76 million by Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta, and Karan Paul. Royal Challengers Bangalore was the 2nd highest bidding in IPL at that time. It was sold for US$111.6 million to Vijay Mallya. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rising Pune Supergiants, Gujarat Lions, Deccan Chargers, Pune Warriors India, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Kochi Tuskers Kerala were other teams.
IPL Seasons and Results
The Indian Premier League was first won by the Rajasthan Royals team in 2008. A following list is given for brief details.
- 2008 – Rajasthan Royals
- 2009 – Deccan Chargers
- 2010 – Chennai Super Kings
- 2011 – Chennai Super Kings
- 2012 – Kolkata Knight Riders
- 2013 – Mumbai Indians
- 2014 – Kolkata Knight Riders
- 2015 – Mumbai Indians
- 2016 – Sunrisers Hyderabad
The Indian Premier League was available worldwide in most of countries. Mainly, it was available in India, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Arab, New Zealand, Singapore, United States, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, and worldwide internet rights were given to the Times Group and Hotstar (present rights holder).
The Indian Premier League was in controversy in many times, thanks to match fixing. Even a few number of cricketers and IPL franchisees were banned in playing IPL tournament. Many IPL lovers lost their interest in watching IPL matches due to match fixing.
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Article last re-published on January 5, 2017. Original.