What are some of the greatest rivalries in IPL history?
The Indian Premier League has become one of the most widely watched sports events throughout this world, and this can be largely credited to the massive appeal generated by the rivalries between the 8 star studded teams. These rivalries begin on the field, but they eventually encompass both the respective fanbases, and when fans get involved, then teams do not just play for those 2 points, but bragging rights.
Throughout the IPL’s 12 years, there have been many memorable matches with some breathtaking performances. Rivalries are a part of the game, and there have been some memorable matches between IPL teams. While some rivalries are one-sided, others are fought to the death. The IPL has seen fierce competition between franchises over the last 12 years, and some of the most notable matchups out of it are:
Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals:
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While one of the aforementioned teams has won the IPL four times in a row, the other has had a disappointing decade despite showing early promise. Although Mumbai Indians appears to be the far superior side based on their IPL record, their head-to-head record against Delhi Capitals suggests otherwise.
They’ve played 24 times against each other and have 12 wins apiece. In fact, Mumbai is one of the few teams that the Delhi Daredevils have a good winning record against. MI skipper Rohit Sharma has been the highest run-scorer in MI v DC games, with 516 runs at an average of 36.86 in 16 matches. With 21 wickets in 12 matches, Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket-taker.
Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore:
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With some of the most well-known superstars on both sides, CSK vs RCB matches are known to produce fireworks on the field. In the IPL, the two teams have met 24 times, with CSK winning 16 times and RCB winning seven times, with one match ending in a tie. They’ve also met in a final once, with CSK emerging victorious. RCB talisman Virat Kohli has been the highest run-scorer in CSK vs RCB games, with 761 runs at an average of 36.24 in 24 innings. Albie Morkel, a Proteas all-rounder, has taken the most wickets (16 in 13 matches).
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians:
The rivalry is often referred to as the IPL’s El Clasico. Chennai Super Kings have been the most consistent team in IPL history, always making the playoffs. The Mumbai Indians are the most successful team, having won four IPL titles. They have 7 IPL trophies, which is two more than all other teams combined. The 2 teams have played one another 30 times, more than any other two IPL teams, with Mumbai Indians having the most wins (18). Suresh Raina (722 runs) of the Super Kings leads the run scorers, while Lasith Malinga (36) of the Mumbai Indians leads the wicket takers.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Since the start of the IPL, the KKR-RCB rivalry has grown by leaps and bounds. Brendon McCullum wrought havoc at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium with his unbeaten 158 against RCB on a glorious night for all KKR fans. Both RCB and KKR have long coveted some of the game’s most potent hitters in their lineups.
As a result, a high-scoring RCB vs KKR match is always possible. Even in the most recent IPL season, both matches between KKR and RCB saw runs in excess of 200. When it comes to head-to-head, KKR has the upper hand, having won 15 of the 25 matches they have played. India captain Virat Kohli has scored the most runs in RCB vs KKR games, with 674 runs at an average of 35.47 in 22 innings. Sunil Narine has taken the most wickets (16 in 14 matches).
The IPL has grown to this size in the last 12 years solely due to the intensity, passion, and zeal displayed by fans and players alike. Rivalries like these attests to the fact that this sporting event is possibly the most grandiose celebration of one of the world’s greatest sports. Here’s hoping for another season full of such incredible spectacles.