CRICKET/INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Bikash Mohapatra looks at past records in the
IPL that are tough to break
For a tournament where records are bro- ken faster than made, the Indian Premier League can boast of a few
untouched landmarks. These records, in
some cases unwanted, were set in the inau-
gural edition in 2008 and still remain unbro-
ken even though the tournament is into its
Rajasthan Royals’ Sohail Tanvir registered impressive
figures of six for 14 in IPL 1
Best bowling figures in an innings
Pakistani pacer Sohail Tanvir won the Purple Cap, awarded to the bowler with the most wickets, in the inaugural
edition of the tournament. He took 22 wickets in that tournament and played a crucial role in Rajasthan Royals’ surprising title triumph.
Tanvir’s best individual performance in the tournament
came against the Chennai Super Kings, when he registered
impressive figures of six for 14 as the CSK were bowled out
for a paltry 109 and the Royals won by eight wickets with
34 balls to spare.
Highest individual score
In the opening match of the inaugural IPL, between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the
Royal Challengers Bangalore, KKR’s Brendon McCullum’s unbeaten 158 not only ensured
the tournament an emphatic start, but has also become an impossible record to break.
The New Zealander’s 73-ball knock was inclusive of 10 boundaries and 13 sixes, the latter
being yet another untouched landmark. McCullum’s whirlwind innings helped his team pile
up a mammoth 222, which proved a tall order for their opponents.
The Royal Challengers, despite playing on home turf, gave up the chase without a fight.
They were bowled out for 82, with 29 balls of their innings left to be bowled, to give the
visiting team a huge 140-run win, the biggest margin of victory thus far in the tournament.
Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Brendon McCullum’s unbeaten 158 not only ensured IPL 1 an emphatic
start, but has also become almost an impossible record to break
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The Deccan Chargers gave away 28 extra runs in
the inaugural edition, against the Kolkata Knight Riders, with 15 wides
Most extras in an innings
At the Eden Gardens, the Deccan Chargers gave away
28 extra runs in the inaugural edition, against the
Kolkata Knight Riders, with 15 wides. After scoring a
measly 110, batting first, the Chargers lost miserably to
the home team who won by five wickets with an over to
Rudra Pratap Singh conceded 59 runs in four
overs in the Deccan Chargers’ home game against the Kolkata Knight Riders
Most runs conceded in an innings
This is one record that any bowler would like to forget. In
the inaugural edition, Rudra Pratap Singh conceded 59
runs in four overs in the Deccan Chargers’ home game
against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The left-armer conceded 20 runs in his first two overs
before going for 39 runs in his final two, with David Hussey
(playing for the KKR then) taking 21 off them as the visitors
piled up a mammoth 204 for four, eventually winning the
match by 23 runs.