IPL, or Indian premier league, is one of the most watched cricketing events in the World. It is a fine spectacle and dose of fashion, glamour, and T20 cricket, which started in 2008 and has been running successfully for so many years. The teams and players have seen numerous changes, and some teams have done better than others.
But like other sports IPL ( Indian Premier League) has its charm, vibe and rivalries, which has divided the team supporters. People cheer their home teams with more vigor and determination during this world famous Cricket tournament.
Every team has its loyal supporters and fans who keep up this rivalry in stadiums and on social media abuzz.
After so many seasons of the IPL, These teams have won the title: Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Rajasthan Royals.
The determination to win the trophy is big, making the IPL (Indian Premier League) a wholesome entertainer.
Top IPL Rivalries
Throughout many successful seasons of the Indian Premier League, rivalries are formed because of some players on the field or by the fans of the respective teams. In all the seasons, the loyal fans have made their teams play better with their constant support, and even create some rivalries that they have to compete with.
But some rivalries that have made it to the top are:
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
The top teams to make the number 1 spot in the list are Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. They have played thirty matches against each other, the highest for any team. The two living legends of the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, have played for the two teams, which is historic. They have played four finals against each other, and Mumbai has won three.
Chennai super kings have been the most consistent team in the Indian Premier League and have always qualified for the playoffs, a record of its own. Mumbai Indians were a little off for some seasons, but the playing field has changed with Rohit Sharma assuming the captaincy.
Both teams are fierce competitors, and their players have their records. Suresh Raina has made the most runs, and Lasith Malinga has taken the most wickets. Social media is always exciting when these two teams play against each other.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders are the two original teams since the inception of the IPL ( Indian Premier League) and are fierce competitors of each other. In the first march of the inaugural season Brendon McCullum scored 158 runs against Bangalore. In that season, they finished the season in 7th position. With the best ballers, batters, and coach, both sides have played great T20 cricket.
Kolkata knight riders lifted the IPL trophy, and Royal Challengers Bangalore has not won it. They have played twenty-five matches against each other. and Kolkata has won fifteen of them.
Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli’s tiff at one of the matches keep this rivalry alive. Chris Gayle, who played for Kolkata, was taken up by Bangalore and played so well in the 2011 edition of the IPL and is considered the best player. However, Sunil Narine and Virat Kohli are the best players for their teams.
Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals
Mumbai Indians are one of the best teams in the IPL ( Indian Premier League), so that rivalry makes sense. With more than one team evident, Delhi Capitals, formerly known as Delhi Daredevils, is also one of the best teams in the IPL.
The rivalry is epic between them as Mumbai is the financial capital of India, and Delhi is the capital of India. They have played twenty-four matches against each other, and they have an equal amount of wins. There is an advantage for Delhi as it always wins against Mumbai.
Although they have never played against each other in the playoffs in any of the seasons. Rohit Sharma and Lasith Malinga are the top scorers for the teams.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings
Sunrisers Hyderabad is one of the new teams that have come up in the IPL, and Chennai Super Kings are the oldest. Since Chennai and Hyderabad are close to each other in geographic capacity, this makes the rivalry more interesting. Both sides have experienced players, and their matches are always entertaining.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has a foreign captain who makes this rivalry even more interesting. When both these teams play, they are passionate and compete fiercely to win.
IPL (Indian Premier League) is the most-watched sporting event when the season starts, and the fans and loyalists support their teams with all their dedication. These rivalries make the game come alive and interesting to watch and enjoy.
The love for the game and the teams makes the IPL an entertainer for the masses and to see who keeps up the rivalry with the most runs, wickets, and fielding is always exciting and memorable.
The 2023 edition of India Premier League is starting from 31st March 2023 with Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings match.
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