The Indian Premier League, or IPL, has always remained a retreat for cricket lovers as they see the best players competing against each other to record a win. In 13 years of history, there have been unbelievable instances where some crickets have performed outstandingly, setting such high records that could hardly be broken even in the future.
With the players all set to hit the pitch for IPL 2021 commencing on April 9, fans must be talking about the most memorable wins, losses, best and worst performances, and, of course, the unbreakable records that have been reserved by some of the excellent players. While some of the records made are easy to break, there have been some unimaginable records set, which are tough or almost impossible to be broken at least in the upcoming few years.
It’s already less than a month now and you will be either in the stadium or in front of your TV screens enjoying the next brilliant season of IPL 2021. Hence, this is the best time to refresh those unbreakable records one more time.
175 Score, 30-ball Century
Remember IPL 2013? Yes, we are talking about the one and only Chris Gayle, the West Indian cricketer. At the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Gayle set two records together in the same season with his six-hitting prowess.
First, he remained 175 not out to the end of the innings, recording the highest score in the history of T20 cricket. The batsman did not only score the run alone in just 66 deliveries, but he also hit 13 fours and 17 smashing sixes. The newbies from Pune Warriors India were both surprised and shocked to see such a tremendous performance of the player against their bowling attack.
The second record that Gayle set was of accomplishing three figures just in the first five overs of batting. The West Indies player reached his 100 with a six in 30 balls, breaking the earlier record set by Yusuf Pathan, who reached three figures in 37 balls. This is one of the records that is considered the toughest of all to be broken.
9 IPL Finals
Can you guess who are we addressing over here? Recently, India Today published an article calling this player “The Lion Is Back…” reporting his post-retirement preparations for IPL 2021. You’re right. It’s none other than MS Dhoni, the “talismanic” CSK captain. Out of 12 IPLs held to date, the team reached the finals of 9 of them, setting a record of being the only one to have played so many IPL finals in all. Out of those nine seasons, he won three of them under his captaincy, which was a huge honour in itself.
In cricket, Dhoni means success, be it in proving his captaincy skills or his positive impact on the leagues he remains associated with. The player is all set to bring the positive vibes again on the pitch with IPL 2021, making #DhoniReturns trend on Twitter. In 2008, he was the most expensive player for the season because of his consistent outstanding performance on the field. He continues to be equally popular even today when he is all set to hit the field in the 14th IPL edition.
3 IPL Hattricks
Some names can never be forgotten, Amit Mishra is one of them. Setting higher records as batsmen could be easy but as a bowler, you need to have extra-calibre to build records. Agree?
Mishra has set an unbreakable record for Deccan Chargers in 2011, for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013, and Delhi Daredevils in 2008. The bowler is the first one to have taken three hattricks, making his name shine in the IPL history. He recorded 157 wickets in 147 games, which is a huge thing in itself and the record seems to remain as is for a long time.
Given only four overs that bowlers get to bowl for, three hattricks is actually a highly notable achievement. The performance of the veteran leggie has been so commendable that he has been considered an asset for whichever IPL team he has collaborated with. Ever in the history of IPL has a bowler dared to take more than two hattricks, which Mishra did.
973 Runs in A Single IPL Season
Who made it? Yes, it’s Virat Kohli. In IPL 2016, an outstanding record was set by the player where he reached 973 runs in one single season. Though he became part of IPL in 2008, his performance only came to notice when he performed tremendously in 2016. There were 16 games in all and Kohli made this run record with an average of 81.08 with a strike rate of 152.03. Though RCB has always been criticised for not-so-good performance in the IPLs, Kohli’s performance has managed to control the situation.
Next to Kohli, the best scorer in a single season was David Warner with a run record of 848 in the same IPL season.
6/12 – Best Bowling Figures
It was unforgettable, isn’t it? West Indian cricketer Alzarri Joseph is the one being referred to over here. The fast bowler took 6 wickets while giving away only 12 runs in return to Hyderabad in just 3.4 overs, setting an unbreakable record at least for the upcoming few years. It was his debut match for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019.
Bowlers like Joseph have proven that it’s a myth to say IPL doesn’t favour the bowlers. It’s true that batsmen are more likely to set higher records, bowlers too can do it if determined enough. Earlier to him, it was Sohail Tanvir who took 6 wickets, giving away 14 runs only to the opponent team in 2008.
Apart from rejoicing the victory this time, you can also download an IPL fantasy cricket app and select your players from the teams performing in the respective IPL matches and earn points based on how they perform on the field. It will surely be great fun. You can surely try it for IPL 2021.
There have been other unbreakable records also in the history of IPL seasons but the ones mentioned above are a few that seem impossible to be broken anytime soon. With the new IPL season all set to hit our screens soon in April 2021, there will surely be an expectation of a new record to be set once again, or maybe one of the above to be broken this time, making it the new talk of the town.