It’s the 10th season of the Indian Premier League this year and all cricket fans have been waiting excitedly for IPL 10, 2017. IPL starts in the first week of April every year, and this year it began on 5th April and is scheduled to end on 21st May 2017. Here are some interesting facts about IPL 2017 that cricket lovers will be surprised to know.
- Debut of two Afghan and one UAE Player in IPL
The IPL 2017 auction had everyone’s attention as two amazing Afghan players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi and a UAE player Chirag Suri was included in this season of IPL. They have played cricket exceptionally well for their country and are the first cricketers from these countries to play the IPL T20 championship.
- Ben Stokes becomes the most expensive player in IPL 2017
Benjamin Andrew Stokes was in headlines during the IPL 2017 Auction for bagging a whopping price of Rs. 14.5 crore in IPL 10 from Rising Pune Supergiant.
- The amazing inseparable duo of IPL
Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa have played for four different IPL teams and coincidentally they both have been in the same team every time.
- Big Indian team players remain unsold
Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan played for Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL 9 season but were unsold in IPL 10 Auction.
- Ashok Dinda is considered unlucky for IPL
Stats reveal that starting from the first season, Dinda surprisingly has not yet managed to qualify for the playoffs bringing bad luck for IPL.
- Dhoni removed as Rising Pune Supergiants’ Captain
It’s a bad news for Dhoni fans as he was replaced this time by the young Australian Captain Steve Smith. According to the reports, the owner of Rising Pune Supergiants said, “we wanted a new captain, as we didn’t have a good season last year and hoping for the best in the upcoming season”.
- Sarfaraz Khan was just 10 when IPL began
Sarfaraz Khan was only 10 years old when IPL started and now at the age of 17 years, he was selected for IPL 10 by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
- Piyush Chawla’s mind-blowing bowling accuracy in IPL
Piyush Chawla bowled his first no-ball of his IPL career in the previous season after bowling almost 386 overs in IPL. He is the fourth highest wicket taker till now, with 113 IPL wickets which show an impressive accuracy level of the bowler.
- Parthiv Patel played for 6 different IPL teams
Parthiv Patel has been part of 6 different IPL franchises being the only Indian cricketer to play for 6 franchises in IPL. He was inducted by the Mumbai Indians in this season of IPL.
- Delhi Daredevil is yet to play an IPL Final
It is quite disappointing for the Delhi owners, as their team is the only IPL team that has never qualified for the final match. It seems that there is a chance for the stats to change this year.