The IPL season is upon us and that means it is time for you to step up your banter game. A chance to get one over on your friends by showing off that small piece of trivia, those amusing statistical tit-bits or that record which not many know of.
So, here are 16 interesting questions which will help you check how much you actually know about the IPL, how good is your knowledge and how well do you know the IPL stars. Find out, if you are smarter than an average cricket fan.
1. Answer – Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma won the IPL title with Deccan Chargers in IPL-2 and then captained the Mumbai Indians side to IPL glory twice in 2013 and 2015.
Yusuf Pathan managed to win the first edition of IPL with Rajasthan Royals and then won it twice with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 and 2014.
2.Answer – Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey
The Karnataka duo of Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey have somehow ended up in the same team although they have represented four different teams over the eight seasons.
2008: Mumbai Indians 2009 & 2010: Royal Challengers Bangalore 2011 to 2013: Pune Warriors 2014 to 2016: Kolkata Knight Riders
3. Answer – Parthiv Patel (6 teams)
The Gujarat-born wicket-keeper has been the nomad of IPL, having played for six different teams over the last six seasons of IPL.
4. Answer – 26 years
In 2015, when Rajasthan Royals faced Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pravin Tambe (43 years, 198 days old) and Sarfaraz Khan (17 years, 179 days old) had an age difference of almost 26 years.
5. Answer - Dale Steyn (SRH)
Dale Steyn finished the edition with 19 wickets with an economy of just 5.66 runs per over and an average of 20.21, which were outstanding figures for T20 Cricket to say the least. In fact, he bowled more than 50% dot balls out of the total 407 balls he bowled.
6. Answer – Delhi Daredevils
2008 – 4 place
2009 – 3 place
2010 – 5 place
2011 – 10 place
2012 – 3 place
2013 – 9 place
2014 – 8 place
2015 – 7 place
7. Answer – Gautam Gambhir
The Kolkata Knight Riders captain has a total of 26 Fifties in IPL and also has 11 ducks to his name which is the joint-highest in IPL history.
8. Answer – Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
2008 – RCB vs KKR
2009 – CSK vs MI
2010 – DC vs KKR
2011 – CSK vs KKR
2012 – CSK vs MI
2013 – KKR vs DD
2014 – MI vs KKR
2015 – KKR vs MI
2016 – MI vs RPSG
9. Answer – Manish Pandey and Paul Valthaty.
A 19-year old Manish Pandey took the world by storm as he became the first Indian to score an IPL century in 2009 playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Deccan Chargers.
Paul Valthaty is the only other uncapped Indian to have scored an IPL century when he scored a quick-fire 120 runs off 63 balls for Kings XI Punjab against Chennai Super Kings in 2011.
While Kumar Sangakkara captained Sunrisers Hyderabad, Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab, fellow countryman Mahela Jayawardene captained Delhi Daredevils, Kochi Tuskers and also Kings XI Punjab.
11. Answer – Sachin Tendulkar and Robin Uthappa
The little master, Sachin Tendulkar, representing Mumbai Indians scored a massive 618 runs in the 2010 edition of IPL to become the first Indian to win the orange cap, and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Robin Uthappa won it for his 660 runs in the 2014 edition.
12. Answer – Ishant Sharma (66) SRH vs CSK in 2013.
Ishant Sharma was taken to the cleaners by the Chennai Super Kings top-order as they posted a total of 223 runs in their innings of which 66 runs were scored off Ishant Sharma’s four overs at an economy of 16.50 runs per over.
13. Answer – Chris Gayle (16)
It is not surprising that the big-hitting West Indian holds the record for the most number of ‘Man of the Match’ awards with a tally of 16 over the years, representing Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
14. Answer – Munaf Patel and Ashish Nehra.
In 2009, both Ashish Nehra and Munaf Patel bowled 19 dot balls each playing for Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals respectively. Nehra did it against Kings XI Punjab and ended with figures of 4-1-6-1 and Munaf managed to finish his spell with 4-0-14-2 against Kolkata Knight Riders.
15. Answer – Sachin Tendulkar (2010)
Sachin Tendulkar, till date, is the only Indian to have won the ‘Man of the tournament’ award in IPL. In 2010, he won the orange cap for scoring 618 runs at an average of 47.53.
16. Answer – Delhi Daredevils (67)
Delhi Daredevils, as a franchise, has probably been one of the most disappointing ones after the initial seasons of IPL. With a total of 67 losses so far over the eight seasons, Delhi Daredevils hold the dubious tag of suffering the most defeats in IPL history.
(You may also be interested in reading about the Top-5 matches in IPL history)
(Also read the All-time IPL XI)