The Indian Premier League games are a short format of cricket played within 20 overs. The games began in 2008 and have amassed a massive following across India. Various players have performed incredulous feats throughout the years to gain their team’s respect and win games for the crowd.
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In the list below, we will see the top 4 teams in IPL that have managed to inspire and captivate the hearts of their avid fans.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Despite being on a losing streak of six consecutive games, RCB had a severe fan-winning moment in 2017. They had the highest mentions on Social media among all the eight franchises.
Virat Kohli was the only consistent player in the entire series of IPL after having scored a whopping 308 runs in the 10 matches that he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the year 2017. Virat also made four half-centuries that stand as a testament to his ability as a player.
Social media statistics claim that RCB had the top posts on social media. Kolkata Knight Riders followed them in the number of mentions. The last position, however, was taken by Kings XI Punjab.
In their final match of 2017, Virat Kohli made the gesture that won over the internet and the fans. At the end of their hopeless run in the 2017 Indian Premier League, Kohli was rightfully awarded the Stylish Player of the match by FBB due to his exceptional batting prowess.
They won the last game against the Delhi Daredevils, later changed to Delhi Capitals, after Virat scored 58 runs in the 45 balls he faced. During the post-match presentation, Kohli remarkably stepped away from the panel and went straight to the still-cheering fans of RCB. In the act of great humility, he tossed the award that he won to the avid fans amid loud applause and encore.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Rajasthan Royals won the first season of IPL, but the team that won the hearts was Kolkata Knight Riders. One of the most important factors playing behind the undying popularity of this team is Shahrukh Khan, who is one of the co-owners of the franchise. He has an armada of Bollywood celebrities that support his team, and therefore the fans love them even more.
The team also has had star-studded players, including Sourav Ganguly, Brendon Mccullum, and Shakib Al Hasan in the past.In the IPL installment organized during 2020, Nitish Rana scored a sensational half-century in the team’s match against the Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi.
In an act of gratitude and respect, Rana dedicated his score to his late father-in-law Surinder who passed away the same week. The left-handed batsman won the crowd’s respect by flaunting his KKR jersey with the name of his father-in-law imprinted on the fabric. This tribute made Surinder a favorite for the crowd, making KKR even dearer.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings have always called forth a robust fan following since the team’s formation in 2009. However, in 2021, the team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a poetic comeback straight from the seventh position since the 2020 installment of the tournament.
The struggle was straight out of a script and stood nothing short of a fairytale. According to a published report on wionews, CSK was mocked as the ‘Dad’s Army’ since they had a squad of players who were well past 30. The team made sincere efforts and strategized every single game in their group. Their incredible efforts resulted in a dream win for the team, shutting down any critic that pointed their way and winning back the hearts and hopes of countless CSK fans across India.
In another blast from the past, MS Dhoni, the ‘captain cool’, made a heart-melting gesture after losing a match against the Mumbai Indians in 2019. Post the match, Dhoni walked up to the stands of the Wankhede stadium and met up with an old lady. Incidentally, the woman had been holding a poster that read. ‘I am here only for Dhoni’.
The skipper took selfies with her and gifted a CSK jersey to a young girl who accompanied the woman. Despite the loss, the team was able to win the love of its fans and garnered several reactions after the official Twitter handle of IPL posted a video of the same.
In February 2021, Kings XI Punjab officially changed their name to Punjab Kings ahead of the initiation of IPL 2021. Being a partial owner of the franchise, Preity Zinta has amassed a noteworthy following through her connections in Bollywood.
During the initial phase of IPL 2020, Kings XI Punjab was the talk of the town with a comeback that won over disheartened fans on a whim. Chris Gayle, also known as the ‘Universe Boss’, has had a mammoth career in the T20 format of the game. Initially, he missed 7 games during that year, but against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he scored 53 runs from 45 balls while the team was chasing 172 runs.
Due to his singular feat, the team was able to win the first match after suffering a loss in the previous 5 games. Gayle’s entry into the team pushed KXIP to win the next 5 straight games, including a match against Mumbai Indians that was rolled into a super over. To date, this marks a dream retaliation from a team that has not been able to provide much to their loyal fans.
So, these are some of the much-loved IPL teams who have won hearts over the years. The players are constantly striving to win the hearts of their ever-increasing fan base, and they do so with passion, strength, and love. The matches are always filled with unconventional twists and turns that change the fate of any team in the game. These crowd-winning moments by the players have defined IPL over the two decades of the game.
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