Indian Premier League teams changed a lot of things in Cricket. We saw some new magnificent players dazzling on the pitch. And each year we cheer for teams competing for the Tournament cup. We root for our favorite team players. And enthusiasts travel all the way to the IPL host cities. Every year, huge endorsements and players represent a particular brand city. This makes relating to the IPL with more ease.
But there is a list of bizarre connections we skip noticing.
Let’s join the dots of coincidences-
Mumbai Indians and Mumbai:
The IPL Auction 2019 saw Yuvraj Singh enter the team. Captained by Rohit Sharma, the MI team is the first one to reach 100 wins as for now.
1- Zaheer Khan played twice for Mumbai Indians. He launched his company Profitness in Mumbai.
2- This team has won the maximum number of IPL matches like Chennai Super Kings.
3- The three consecutive wins were gained in 2013, 2015, and 2017.
4- All three victories were led by Rohit Sharma. It garnered the highest number of viewership in 2018.
5- Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have competed against each other maximum number of times.
6- Mumbai hosted the first historical match played in India in 1933.
7- Mumbai Indians remained the home team for Sachin. He played his last test match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
8- It is the also costliest franchise among all the teams like Kolkata Knight Riders.
Mumbai Travel Tips:
# Never take an unmetered taxi for going places
# Do not travel alone at night in lonely areas
# Always wear mosquito repellants if you go to damp areas
# Stick to bottled water and use sunscreen
# Do not plan to roam the city at peak hours (8-9 am in the morning and post 5 pm)
# Be aware of the sixteen ‘No selfie zones’ in Mumbai
# Carry lightweight cotton clothes because the temperature is mild and hot mostly
# Take Ferry rides from South Mumbai if required
# Choose uncommon tourist stays but stay informed
Airport helpline: +91 022 66851010.
Kolkata Knight Riders, Kolkata:
Among 2019 IPL Teams, Kolkata is going consistent this time. It is on the leading scoreboard of its wins.
1- KKR is the second highest costly franchise after Mumbai Indians. The Eden Garden remains the home ground for the team.
2- They won the IPL twice with a gap just like the Mumbai Indians in 2012 and 2014.
3- The team lost to Sun Risers Hyderabad in 2016 in the Eliminator Round. The next year i.e 2017 they won against SRH in the Eliminator Round.
4- The team’s official chant- Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re (Will do, Will Fight, Will Win), is parallel to the Olympic motto- Citius, Altius, Fortis (Faster, Higher, Stronger).
5- The franchise takes its name from the 1980s series ‘Knight Rider’.
6- The team consisted of the oldest player Brad Hogg as recorded in IPL history.
7- Bengal also hosts the oldest stadium ever made in India.
8- It printed the first Indian newspaper. And it was also the home of the Indian Renaissance as well.
Reaching Kolkata is easy if you want to bathe in cricket colors of the city. Opt for any of the cheap flights to Kolkata and let IPL grow on you.
Kolkata Travel Tips:
# Travel in the evenings and the mornings, noon will give you headaches
# Go for Ola or Uber drives, they help explore without hassles
# Do not tip unknown people at the main temples of the city
# Do take a Ferry ride over the Hooghly River
# Bengal has mountains in the north, Shantiniketan in the West, Sunderban (Mangroves) and Beaches in the South, so plan accordingly
# Wear cotton clothes and avoid the sun. You don’t want to invite unwanted health problems, trust us!
# The Central and North Kolkata hosts the major historical sights. Plan for them separately
Airport helpline: +91 033 2569 1011, 2511 8036
Chennai Super Kings and Chennai:
Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders each have won four matches each in 2019 IPL.
1- Dhoni is always the star of the team. He mostly plays for this team exclusively. The team has never changed its ‘Captain Cool’.
2- Parthiv Patel started his journey from Chennai Kings too. He has played with 6 different Indian Premier League players team.
3- CSK has reached the final for 6 times (maximum). The reverse is also true. It lost 4 times in the finals as well.
4- They always have the highest winning ratio like Mumbai Indians.
5- Chennai Super Kings won twice by 1 and 2 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both the time RCB scored 206 in 2012 and 2018 respectively.
6- It has also won the IPL trophy 3 times the same as the Mumbai Indians.
7- Chennai hosted the first winning streak in 1952 against England. The Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is the third oldest cricket stadium in India.
8- The Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk witnessed the first ever Ranji Trophy match held in 1936 in Chennai.
Booking affordable flights to India is just the beginning. There is a whole of cricket mania waiting for you in Chennai.
Chennai Travel Tips:
# Travel as many monuments as you can. Chennai is filled with many of them
# Do not shop electronics just anywhere, Ritchie Market might just serve the purpose
# Head to North Chennai to feel a rustic yet modern touch
# Visit the quiet beaches at night or in the evening. They are awesomely appealing
# Drive the East Coast Road at least once in the morning
# Always carry copy of your Id with you. It always comes handy
# Get a certified guide to help you roam the main city and its Golden Triangle cities of Kanchipuram and Mamallapuram
# It stays hot and humid from April to June, so always remain hydrated
Airport helpline: +91 044 2256 0551, 044 2256 0551, 044 2256 1122
These are some of the facts that top the list of coincidences. Share your list with us. We know you want to.
Don’t wait till X-Mas. The IPL gets over in 1ST WEEK Of May. See you there.