King of IPL
Just after five months of the conclusion of the Indian Premier League 2020, people are all set to welcome back the league from April 9th. Royal Challengers Bangalore will go head to head against Mumbai Indians at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Friday. Virat Kohli will clash with Rohit Sharma in a bid to win his first-ever Indian Premier League title. Known as King Kohli, he is yet to be crowned as “King of IPL”. However, this time, Royal Challengers Bangalore have an opportunity to win the league because they have a settled squad for the season.
In the glamorous cricket league of the globe, the Indian Premier League has seen multiple kings. May it be either team-wise or captaincy-wise or the individual performance-wise. In terms of the teams, Mumbai Indians are the “King of IPL”. In the last seven years, they have won the league five times. They had the famous pattern of winning the league in the odd-years but they have won it in the even-year as well in 2020. The team has secured the trophy in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. In 2016, Sunrisers Hyderabad won the title whereas, in 2018, Chennai Super Kings lifted the trophy. Barring those two dry years, Mumbai Indians have largely been the successful franchise.
Though Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the decorated captains in world cricket, Rohit Sharma is the “Kings of IPL” in franchise cricket. All the five trophies of Mumbai Indians’ have come under his captaincy, raising the demands to replace Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma in international cricket as well. However, the Board for Cricket Control in India has not opted for the split captaincy to date.
In terms of individual performance, two players are the “Kings of IPL”. One is the international skipper for the Indian team, Virat Kohli, whereas the second one is Mr. IPL, Suresh Raina. Both the players have fought the race to be the leading run-scorer of all time in the Indian Premier League and the race has been a healthy one. Virat Kohli has raised through the ranks to cement his position on top whereas Suresh Raina’s absence in the previous season has helped him as well. After the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, Virat Kohli has 5878 runs from 192 games whereas Suresh Raina has 5368 runs in 193 games. The battle will be legendary when both the players feature in IPL 2021.
Cricket is just not about batting but also about bowling. In terms of bowling, one can say without a doubt that Lasith Malinga is the “King of IPL”.Though he did say goodbye to all formats of the game, he is the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. The player has 170 wickets in 122 games and is followed by Amit Mishra who has 160 wickets in 150 games. The Indian leggie will look to dismantle the Sri Lankan in the ongoing edition.
With the league all set to entertain the commoners again amidst the pandemic, can Royal Challengers Bangalore and Virat Kohli become the Kings of IPL?