The Indian Premier League is one of the biggest annual cricketing extravaganza. The franchise-based domestic cricket league draws huge amounts of attention from cricket fans all over the world every year. And the prize, the highly coveted IPL Trophy, is the ultimate goal of the participating teams. The inaugural IPL took place in 2008 when the then underdogs- Rajasthan Royals lifted the IPL Trophy for the first time. And since then there have been 12 editions of IPL, with Mumbai Indians winning the IPL title last year in 2019.
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IPL 2019 Winner : Mumbai Indians
A fourth title for the Mumbai Indians, made Mumbai the most successful team in the history of the Indian Premier League. Mumbai Indians faced the Chennai Super Kings for the fourth time in the IPL finals. Out of the previous three encounters Mumbai was leading with a 2-1 record winning the tournament in 2013, 2015 and losing once in 2010.
Mumbai Indians faced Chennai Super Kings in a low scoring match at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. In the first innings Mumbai had to settle for a low total, after scoring 149 runs at a loss of 8 wickets from 20 overs. They however restricted the Chennai Super Kings to 148/7 in 20 overs winning the tournament by just one run. Andre Russell from Kolkata Knight Riders was awarded the player of the tournament award for his contribution of 510 runs and 11 wickets in the tournament.
IPL 2018 Winner : Chennai Super Kings
It was the comeback year for the Chennai Super Kings as they returned after serving the two year ban following the match-fixing fiasco. It was CSK's seventh IPL Finals as they faced Sunrisers Hyderabad who were playing only their second at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
In the first innings, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 178 runs for a loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs, setting up a massive 179 run target for CSK.
CSK chased down the huge target and scored 181/2 with nine balls to spare and lifted the coveted IPL Trophy for the third time.
IPL 2017 Winner : Mumbai Indians
It seemed as if Mumbai Indians had developed a habit of lifting the IPL Trophy every other odd year. Mumbai Indians faced Rising Pune Supergiants at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad for IPL 2017 finals.
It was a low scoring match with Mumbai settling for a low total, after scoring 129 runs at a loss of 8 wickets from 20 overs. They however restricted the Rising Pune Supergiants to 128/6 in 20 overs winning the tournament by just one run. It was the third Title victory for Mumbai Indians and Rohit Sharma. Ben Stokes of the Rising Pune Supergiants was named the player of the tournament with 316 runs and 12 wickets.
IPL 2016 Winner : Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad faced the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the 2016 IPL finals at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Batting first Sunrisers put up a humongous total of 208 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs. This was RCB's third IPL Finals and first for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. RCB were in control for most of the chase but after losing the big three: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, the rest of the batting line-up failed to achieve the target by 8 runs. RCB finished with 200 runs from 20 overs at a loss of 7 wickets. David Warner and his team had caused one of the biggest upsets in the history of IPL and lifted their first ever IPL Trophy.
RCB's captain Virat Kohli was awarded the man of the tournament award for his yet to be broken record 973 runs from 16 innings, which also included four centuries.
IPL 2015 Winner : Mumbai Indians
After a gap of one year, it was Mumbai Indians' turn again to lift the IPL title. It was almost too good to be a coincidence that Mumbai was facing Chennai Super in their third ever IPL finals for the third time. The two sides met again at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata after IPL 2013 finals. It was as if there was no separating these two teams. This time Mumbai scored a massive 202 runs at a loss of 5 wickets from 20 overs. The Chennai Super Kings lost the match by 41 runs as they managed only 161 runs at a loss of 8 wickets from 20 overs. It was CSK's second and consecutive loss to MI at the IPL finals.
As Rohit Sharma and Co. lifted the beautiful IPL Trophy, KKR's Andre Russell was awarded the player of the tournament award.
IPL 2014 Winner : Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR reclaimed the IPL title after a brief gap of one season and lifted the IPL Trophy for the second time, again under Gautam Gambhir's leadership. Kolkata Knight Riders faced Kings XI Punjab at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. In the first innings, Kings XI Punjab scored 199 runs for a loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs, setting up a massive 200 run target for the Knights, with the help of Wriddhiman Saha's 115* from 55 balls who himself was an ex-Knight.
Kolkata chased down a huge target at the IPL finals for the second time. With the help of Manish Pandey's 94 off 50 balls, KKR scored 200/7 with three balls to spare and lifted the coveted IPL Trophy for the second time. Glenn Maxwell was awarded the man of the series for his all-round performance, especially his contribution of 552 runs from 16 innings with the bat.
IPL 2013 Winner : Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians reached the IPL finals for the second time and faced the same opponents as the last time, Chennai Super Kings. The two sides met at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Scoring 148 runs at a loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs, MI had set a low target of 149 runs for Dhoni and his men. Chennai Super Kings however failed scoring just 125 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs losing the match by 23 runs. Mumbai Indians lifted the cup under the young leadership of Rohit Sharma.
Shane Watson became man of the tournament for the second time for his exceptional all round performance.
IPL 2012 Winner : Kolkata Knight Riders
Finally the ever promising Kolkata Knight Riders clinched the IPL Trophy winning the fifth edition of the IPL. Chennai Super Kings reached the IPL finals for the third consecutive time and faced KKR at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Batting first, CSK again put up a formidable target of 191 runs after scoring 190/3 in 20 overs in which Suresh Raina scored a blitzing 73 from 38 balls.
Kolkata Knight Riders showed great nerves under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir chased down the target scoring 192 runs for the loss of 5 wickets with two balls to spare, with Manvinder Bisla scoring 89 runs from 48 balls. Sunil Narine was named Player of the tournament for taking 24 wickets in 15 innings.
IPL 2011 Winner : Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings won the IPL title consecutively in 2011 and established a record which is yet to be broken of winning the IPL twice consecutively. This time Chennai Super Kings faced the Royal Challengers Bangalore at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Batting first, CSK scored 205 runs for a loss of 5 wickets from 20 overs, setting up a humongous target for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
RCB failed for the second time in an IPL finals as they managed to score only 147 runs after losing 8 wickets from 20 overs. CSK won the match emphatically by 58 runs. Murali Vijay was awarded the Man of the match award in the finals for his score of 95 runs. RCB's Chris Gayle was awarded the player of the tournament award for scoring 608 runs and taking 8 wickets in the tournament.
IPL 2010 Winner : Chennai Super Kings
After reaching the playoff stages for the third year consecutively and losing in the finals in IPL 2008 to Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings finally lifted the IPL Trophy in 2010. Under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings faced the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2010 finals at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Batting first Chennai Super Kings scored 168 runs for a loss of 5 wickets from 20 overs. Mumbai Indians failed to chase down the target scoring only 146 runs from 20 overs after losing 9 wickets, and lost the match by 22 runs. Sachin Tendulkar was awarded the player of the tournament for scoring 618 runs.
IPL 2009 Winner : Deccan Chargers
Deccan Chargers who were at the bottom of the table in 2008, won the tournament against all odds in 2009 under the captaincy of Adam Gilchrist. On the night of the finals, Deccan Chargers scored 143 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs setting a target of 144 runs for the Royals Challengers Bangalore. RCB failed to chase the target by 6 runs and only managed to score 137 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Adam Gilchrist was awarded player of the tournament for his contribution of 495 runs with the bat and 18 dismissals behind the stumps.
IPL 2008 Winner : Rajasthan Royals
IPL 2008 was the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League. While a lot of big names were involved in several teams, an under-dog Rajasthan Royals lifted the IPL Trophy for the very first time to everyone's surprise. A young team mostly made of uncapped Indian players were absolutely brilliant and showed great discipline under the leadership of Shane Warne, who was both the coach and the captain of the Rajasthan Royals.
Rajasthan Royals defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets chasing CSK's target of 163/5 in 20 overs at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. Shane Watson from Rajasthan Royals received man of the tournament award for his outstanding all round performance.