The countdown to IPL 2020 has begun. Before new records are made in this edition let’s talk about some less known records made in this league so far.
The Only KKR Centurion
Nobody can forget the first-ever match of the Indian Premier League. It was a spectacular one and the credit goes to the rampant by Brendon McCullum in 2008. He blasted an unbeaten 158 off just 73 deliveries to seal a one-man show against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The blistering innings consisted of ten fours and thirteen sixes. Kolkata Knight Riders set a mammoth total of 222/3 and wrapped up RCB for 82 in 15.1 overs. Interestingly, till now, Brendon McCullum remains to be the only centurion for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL.
The First Indian Centurion
Manish Pandey became the youngest and the first Indian to script an IPL century. It took 115 IPL games to find the first Indian centurion of the league. But the ton didn’t come on Indian soil. The match was against Deccan Chargers at Centurion, South Africa in IPL 2009. Manish Pandey scored a brilliant unbeaten 114 off 73 balls to secure Royal Challenger Bangalore’ s place in the semi-final.
Whenever we talk about IPL hat-tricks we talk about Amit Mishra. But very few of us remember about Yuvraj Singh’s unique feat. Yuvraj Singh has two hat-tricks to his name in and the first of those two came in Durban. RCB were going strong against Punjab with 80-3 in 11.4 overs. Yuvraj Singh removed Robin Uthappa and Jacques Kallis off the last two remaining balls and came back to scalp Mark Boucher to complete his hat-trick. Unfortunately, Punjab lost the match. Next time it was against Deccan Chargers. Punjab set 134/7 and then restricted the opponent to 133/8. Yuvraj scalped Herschelle Gibbs in the final delivery of the 12th over. In his next over, he picked up Andrew Symonds and Venugopal Rao off two consecutive deliveries causing a middle-order collapse for DC.
Prasanth Parameswaran is a famous quiz answer for not so famous reason. In 2011 IPL he conceded the most expensive over in the history of the league. He was bowling to Chris Gayle and ended up by conceding 37 runs. First delivery went for six, next was a no-ball that also went for a six. The second legitimate ball of the bowler was hit for a boundary. The last four went for a boundary, two maximums, and a boundary to finish off.