Some of the greatest individual T20 performances have come from the IPL, a few by famous players whereas a bunch from players you must have not heard of before. This is what makes the IPL interesting. Three hours of entertainment and thrill in the cricket world with a stadium packed with fans, cheerleaders, and players on the pitch, the IPL is one of the most famous competitions across the globe. It was launched in 2008 by the BCCI and has gained immense popularity.
Since 2008, there have been spectacular performances by all the teams in the IPL. Have you ever wondered which is the best team in IPL history? Based on the most recent season, the best team in IPL 2022 is most certainly Gujarat Titans since they won. But over the years, let’s find out which has been the most popular team in IPL regarding consistency of performances.
Top 5 IPL Teams: Who Is The Best Team In IPL?
Ever since the BCCI launched the Indian Premier League in 2008, the debate about which is the best IPL team has never ended. Ever since it first began, multiple teams were added as well as removed from the league. The most recent additions to the league include Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans. Chennai Super Kings dominated the league for most of the years by appearing in more finals than any team and is hence considered one of the top IPL teams. Whereas, the rise of Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore over the years, and their huge fan bases, make them the most popular team in the IPL. However, which is the best team in IPL history? Let’s find out by looking at their squad’s best players and statistics.
Gujarat Titans were founded in the year 2021, based in Ahmedabad Gujarat. CVC Capital Partners own their franchise and their home ground is Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera. They were victorious in just their first season of the IPL and hence could be considered the best IPL team in 2022.
Some of their top players are Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and David Miller. Hardik Pandya, who is also the captain of Gujarat Titans, was picked up for 15crores. He scored 487 runs and picked up 8 wickets in his debut season which led Gujarat to win the title. Rashid Khan took 19 wickets and had an impressive strike rate of over 200 which was pivotal in finishing matches. David Miller had his best IPL season where he scored 481 runs at an average of over 68, and won matches for his team in improbable situations.
Mohammed Shami was their top wicket-taker with 20 wickets in hand and Rashid Khan had an economy of just 6.6. Shubnam Gil scored the most half centuries for them as well as the most number of boundaries(51) whereas David Miller hit the most number of 6’s(23).
Rajasthan Royals is the team that emerged as the unlikely champions of the first IPL season. Their owned by Manoj Badale, Lachlan Murdoch, and RedBird Capital Partners and have their home ground as Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. They are known for providing opportunities to a number of young and unknown talents over the years. Following a controversy, they were suspended for a couple of years for their involvement in illegal betting and match-fixing.
Their key players throughout the years have been Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, and Jos Butler.
In their first and title-winning season, Watson was the ipl player of the tournament. He scored 2372 runs and picked up 61 wickets until the ipl season of 2015. Ajinkya Rahane is Rajasthan Royal’s top run scorer with 3098 runs to his name from 106 matches. Sanju Samson was picked up by Rajasthan ever since he was 18 and still continues to be a vital part of the team, scoring 484 runs in the first season of being chosen as captain. Jos Butler made quite an impression in his debut season. In 2022, Rajasthan Royals decided to buy him back, where he ended up as the best batter of the season with 863 runs, including four centuries.
They can be considered as one of the best ipl teams in the first season and the most recent season of the competition.
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Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow Super Giants is a new team added to the ipl. They were bought for an astonishing sum of 7090 crores by RP Sanjiv Goenka Group. BR SABV Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow is their home ground. Super Giants qualified for the playoffs in their maiden season with nine wins at the end of the group stage. Since there were better teams, Lucknow Super Giants may not be considered as the best ipl team in the 2022 season.
KL Rahul, Avesh Khan, and Quinten de Kock have been their most essential players over the season. For a sum of 17 crores, KL Rahul was the most expensive player in ipl history. He scored 616 runs in his debut season. Avesh Khan had 18 wickets to his name by the end of the 2022 ipl season. Quintin de Kock has been a heavy hitter for the Super Giants by scoring over 500 runs in his inaugural season. He along with Deepak Hooda had 1600 runs between them.
Lucknow Super Giant’s highest total came in a run chase against Chennai Super Kings(211/4).
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the most popular in the ipl who has been runners-up thrice but never managed to win the competition, They were bought for 464 crores by Vijay Mallya. In 2015, the ownership got transferred to Diageo India. M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is their home stadium.
Their key players over the years have been Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Harshal Patel, and Yuzvendra Chal. Virat Kohli is the only player in the league to play for just one team ever since 2008. He scored 973 runs which included 4 centuries in the 2016 ipl campaign, leading his team to the finals. AB de Villiers played an integral role in terms of leadership in the RCB squad. Chris Gayle scored a total of 3420 runs for RCB during his tenure. In the 2021 season, Harshal Patel got a record-breaking 32 wickets, after which he received a call-up to the national team. Yuzvendra Chahal was bought in 2014 by RCB and went on to become their leading wicket-taker.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s highest-ever total came against Pune Warriors in the 2013 ipl season(263/5). Due to their inconsistent performances over the years, they cannot be considered the best ipl team.
Delhi Capitals is a franchise-based cricket team in the Indian Premier League owned by GMR Group and JSW Sports. Their home stadium is Arun Jaitley Stadium which is located in New Delhi. They made it to the finals in the 2020 season but ended up losing to Mumbai Indians. They topped the table in the 2021 season but had a bad spell in the playoffs.
Some of their Key players over the years include the likes of Virender Sehwag, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Kagriso Rabada. Sehwag captained the team to achieve ti top four finishes in their first two seasons in the IPL. He hit five consecutive half-centuries during the 2012 season. Amit Mishra got 106 wickets in 99 matches for Delhi Capitals. Pant is the highest scoring player in Delhi Capitals with 2838 runs to his name and has a reputation of being one of the most feared middle-order T20 batsmen. Shreyas Iyer scored 2375 runs from the 87 matches that he played for Delhi Capitals. Rabada is Delhi’s best wicket-taker, with a total of 76 wickets in just 50 matches.
After taking a look at some of the most popular team in ipl history, we can conclude with the following things. The ipl top team 2022 is without a doubt Gujarat Titans for their debut title-winning season. Whereas, when it comes to the best team in ipl history, it is a close call between the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Superkings. Mumbai Indians have won 5 ipl titles and have a win rate of 59.04% which is the second best in the ipl. Whereas, Chennai Superkings have won 3 titles and have a victory rate of 60.14%. Since the Mumbai Indians have won a total of 122 games, the most by any ipl team, it is safe to say that they are the best team in ipl history.