A Journey Through Time: Explore the History of IPL T20

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How’s your IPL T20 2024 experience going? Are you skipping work or dodging your manager with IPL matches during your shift? Not to forget, are you washing down the excitement with your favourite drink? Every year, we Indians, in particular, are buzzing with excitement. 

Do you know which player fetched the highest bid in this year’s IPL auction?

Mitchell Starc went for a whopping ₹24,75,00,000.

It’s incredible to think that the IPL has been in existence for over 15 years since its inception in 2008. But here’s an intriguing thought: What about the history of IPL T20? Who has won the highest auctions in all these seasons of IPL?

Highest Auctioned Players in IPL T20 History (2008-2024)

Highest Auctioned Players in IPL T20 History
Highest Auctioned Players in IPL T20 History
YearMost Expensive PlayerAmount (in Cr)
2008MS Dhoni (CSK)₹9.5Cr
2009Kevin Pietersen (RCB), Andrew Flintoff (CSK)₹9.8Cr
2010Shane Bond (KKR), Kieron Pollard (MI)₹4.8Cr
2011Gautam Gambhir (KKR)₹14.9Cr
2012Ravindra Jadeja (CSK)₹12.8Cr
2013Glenn Maxwell (MI)₹8.3Cr
2014Yuvraj Singh (RCB)₹14Cr
2015Yuvraj Singh (DD)₹16Cr
2016Shane Watson (RCB)₹9.5Cr
2017Benjamin Stokes (RPS)₹14.5Cr
2018Benjamin Stokes (RR)₹12.5Cr
2019Jaydev Unadkat (RR), Varun Chakaravarthy (KXIP)₹8.4Cr
2020Pat Cummins (KKR)₹15.5Cr
2021Christopher Morris (RR)₹16.25Cr
2022Ishan Kishan (MI)₹15.25Cr
2023Sam Curran (PBKS)₹18.5Cr
2024Mitchell Starc (KKR)₹24.75Cr

These are the players who fetched the highest bids in each respective IPL T20 auction year, spanning from 2008 to 2024.

The IPL T20 Story: Winning Teams From 2008-2023

IPL T20 Winning Teams
IPL T20 Winning Teams
YearIPL Winner
2023Chennai Super Kings
2022Gujarat Titans
2021Chennai Super Kings
2020Mumbai Indians
2019Mumbai Indians
2018Chennai Super Kings
2017Mumbai Indians
2016Sunrisers Hyderabad
2015Mumbai Indians
2014Kolkata Knight Riders
2013Mumbai Indians
2012Kolkata Knight Riders
2011Chennai Super Kings
2010Chennai Super Kings
2009Deccan Chargers
2008Rajasthan Royals

IPL T-20 Controversies and Challenges

The IPL has encountered its fair share of controversies over the years. 

  1. Slapgate Incident (2008)

During the inaugural season, the IPL T20 was rocked by its first major controversy when Harbhajan Singh reportedly slapped S. Sreesanth after a match. 

Though the exact reason for the incident remains unclear, it resulted in Singh’s suspension.

  1. Auction System Criticism

While the player auction system introduced an innovative approach to team building, it hasn’t been without its critics. 

Some have raised concerns about the system commodifying players, arguing that it goes against the spirit of the game.

  1. Low-Catch Decision (2021)

In a match between Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, a controversial umpiring decision regarding a low catch caused quite a stir.
This incident reignited discussions about the role of technology and the accuracy of umpiring decisions in the IPL T20.

Rich History of IPL T20

Lalit Modi, inspired by leagues like the NBA (National Basketball Association), came up with the idea of making cricket a prime-time spectacle in India. 

With support from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Modi turned his vision into reality. Despite doubts, his determination and marketing skills led to the successful launch of the IPL T20.

What was the main idea behind IPL T20?


A combination of the sport of cricket with elements of entertainment to create a lively and engaging experience for both players and spectators. 

The inception of IPL traces back to the aftermath of India’s triumph in the inaugural T20 Cricket World Cup in 2007.

In 2007, the BCCI, led by Lalit Modi, proposed the IPL T20.

Little did Modi know he was on the verge of making history.

He initiated, chaired, and served as the League Commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), overseeing its operations for three years until 2010. 

The IPL T20 introduced a new franchise-based model, where teams were owned by companies and celebrities, injecting glamour and private investment into the sport. 

Another innovation was the player auction system.

This allowed teams to bid for players.

These innovations made the IPL T20 a global phenomenon, influencing cricket leagues worldwide. 

The inaugural IPL T20 auction took place on February 20, 2008, where MS Dhoni stood out as the top-paid player.

The true significance of this moment only hit home when the crowd erupted in cheers as Brendon McCullum from the Kolkata Knight Riders smashed a ball from Zaheer Khan for a six in the very first match in Bangalore.

In the days following the IPL T20 final, which drew a staggering 24 million viewers, discussions about the league were everywhere.

  • In just 44 days, Indian cricket and its evenings had changed dramatically.
  • With 59 matches played, spanning 2,360 overs, yielding 17,610 runs, 677 wickets, 1,702 boundaries, and 622 sixes, Modi’s idea of IPL T20 had made history.

As per a report by Forbes in 2022, the typical worth of IPL T20 franchises has seen a yearly increase of 24 percent.

This value has surged from $67 million in 2009 (when there were 8 teams) to $1.04 billion in 2022 (with ten teams).

IPL T20 has now etched itself into the fabric of Indian cricket and culture.

What’s the best part?

IPL T20 is transcending geographical boundaries and cultural barriers.

The IPL T20 league continues to revolutionise the sport with its dynamic format, star-studded teams, and global appeal.

The league’s format, characterised by fast-paced matches, nail-biting finishes, and electrifying performances, has captivated audiences worldwide.

2008: The Beginning of IPL T20 Era

The inaugural season of the IPL T20 auction witnessed MS Dhoni emerging as the most expensive player, bagging a staggering ₹9.5 crore.

Eight Teams that played in the First IPL T20 Season were:

  • Bangalore Royal Challengers
  • Chennai Super Kings
  • Deccan Chargers
  • Delhi Daredevils
  • Kings XI Punjab
  • Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Mumbai Indians
  • Rajasthan Royals

The IPL T20 burst onto the scene with its thrilling T20 format, featuring cricketing legends like Shane Warne, Brendon McCullum, and Sachin Tendulkar.

Remember Brendon McCullum’s explosive 158 not out for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the very first match?

That set the tone for an unforgettable season of cricketing brilliance.

The season reached its pinnacle with a gripping final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 

The Rajasthan Royals emerged victorious, defeating the Chennai Super Kings to claim the title of the first-ever IPL T20 champions, marking the beginning of a new era in cricket.

The success of the 2008 season laid the groundwork for the IPL T20’s phenomenal growth!

2009: IPL T20 Expands, South Africa Hosts

As the IPL T20 gained momentum, 2009 marked the entry of Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff into the league, fetching a monumental sum of ₹9.8 crore each. 

In 2009, some new rules spiced up the IPL T20. 

Now, each T20 team could have up to 10 international players instead of just 8. 

But when it came to the actual match, only 4 international players were allowed in the playing 11 of the IPL T20.

Excitement was in the air as South Africa played host to the tournament from April 18th to May 24th, 2009. 

It was big, almost as big as the Cricket World Cup!

They said over 200 million folks in India were glued to their TV screens, watching every match with bated breath.

It was indeed the cricket fever!

2010: Cricketing Innovations and YouTube Debut

In 2010, the IPL T20 fever returned to India, captivating over 200 million viewers across the nation. It continued from March 12th to April 25th!

In 2010, the IPL auction witnessed the ascendancy of Shane Bond and Kieron Pollard.

Their acquisitions for ₹4.8 crore each hinted at the league’s growing allure and the global fascination surrounding it.

But that’s not all – this tournament made history!

It was the first cricket event ever to be live-streamed on YouTube.

And guess what?

The final four matches of IPL T20 were even screened in 3D at movie theatres across India!

In the end, it was the Chennai Super Kings who emerged victorious, defeating the Mumbai Indians in a nail-biting final IPL T20 showdown held in Mumbai.

2011: India Hosts Again, New Teams Join IPL T20

In 2011, India once again became the hub of cricketing excitement as it hosted the IPL T20.

Gautam Gambhir’s acquisition by Kolkata Knight Riders for a remarkable ₹14.9 crore stole the spotlight in 2011.

The buzz began with grand opening and closing ceremonies held at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. 

From April 8th to May 28th, this  IPL T20 season brought a change in the league dynamics.

An introduction of two new teams in IPL T20!

The Pune Warriors India and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala, making it a ten-team affair.

In a spectacular final showdown in Chennai, the Chennai Super Kings clinched their second consecutive title, defeating the Royal Challengers Bangalore by a commanding 58 runs.

Murali Vijay’s stellar performance earned him the title of Man of the Match.

2012: Season of Farewells and New Beginnings

Ravindra Jadeja’s acquisition by Chennai Super Kings for ₹12.8 crore in 2012 showcased the league’s commitment to nurturing homegrown talent.

The action kicked off on April 4th and wrapped up on May 27th, 2012.

Kolkata Knight Riders emerged victorious, defeating the defending champs, Chennai Super Kings, by five wickets in an epic final showdown.

But there was a twist this IPL T20 season!

The league bid farewell to one of its teams, the Kochi Tuskers Kerala, bringing the total number of teams down from ten to nine.

2013-2015: Pepsi Steps In, Spot-Fixing Scandal Unveiled, and Mumbai Indians Triumph Again

Pepsi IPL T20 2013

  • Players sold: 37
  • Overseas Players: 31
  • Total Spent: $11,885,000
  • Most expensive player: Glenn Maxwell – $1,000,000

The excitement soared high as the IPL T20 tournament unfolded, with nine teams battling it from April 3rd to May 26th, 2013.

This season marked a new era with PepsiCo stepping in as the title sponsor, taking over from DLF Ltd.

However, amidst all the cricketing excitement, a spot-fixing scandal shook the tournament. 

Delhi Police uncovered a case involving three cricketers from Rajasthan Royals and others, sending shockwaves across the cricketing world.

But IPL T20 season 2013 brought a piece of good news! 

The player auction marked a significant departure from previous seasons as it was conducted in Indian Rupees instead of US dollars.

The subsequent years witnessed a surge in international participation. 

Pepsi IPL T20 2014

  • Players sold: 154
  • Overseas Players: 50
  • Total Spent: ₹2,62,60,00,000
  • Most expensive player: Yuvraj Singh – ₹14,000,000

This season showcased eight teams in the competition, one less than the previous year due to the withdrawal of the Pune Warriors India.

However, this season came with its share of challenges. 

A portion of the IPL T20 tournament had to be moved outside India as the Indian Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, declined to provide security due to the overlap with the 2014 Indian general election.

Consequently, the tournament was jointly hosted by India and the United Arab Emirates.

Pepsi IPL T20 2015

  • Players sold: 67
  • Overseas Players: 24
  • Total Spent: ₹87,60,00,000
  • Most expensive player: Yuvraj Singh – ₹16,000,000

With Kolkata Knight Riders as the defending champions, anticipation was high.

However, on May 24th, 2015, Mumbai Indians clinched the title for the second time. 

They defeated Chennai Super Kings by a significant 41-run margin in a thrilling final at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

2016-2017: Watson and Stokes Shine

Shane Watson’s acquisition by Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹9.5 crore in 2016 underscored the league’s emphasis on all-round prowess. 


  • Players sold: 94
  • Overseas Players: 27
  • Total Spent: ₹1,36,00,00,000
  • Most expensive player: Shane Watson – ₹9,50,00,000

The excitement of IPL T20 began on April 9, 2016, and lasted until May 29, 2016, culminating in a thrilling finals match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

What made this IPL T20 season stand out?

It was the introduction of LED stumps, adding even more dazzle to the already electrifying atmosphere of IPL T20 matches.

However, this season wasn’t without its controversies. 

Due to a spot-fixing case in the 2012 IPL T20 season, the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years!

Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions, the new entrants, brought their own flair to the tournament, filling the void left by the suspended franchises.

In the end, it was the Sunrisers Hyderabad who emerged victorious, claiming their second IPL title. 


  • Players sold: 66
  • Overseas Players: 27
  • Total Spent: ₹91,15,00,000
  • Most expensive player: Benjamin Stokes – ₹14,50,00,000

Ben Stokes’ record-breaking acquisition by Rising Pune Supergiant for ₹14.5 crore in 2017 set a new benchmark for overseas players.

2018-2019: Return of CSK and RR

Players like Varun Chakaravarthy and Sam Curran fetched notable sums of ₹8.4 crore and ₹16.25 crore, respectively.


  • Players sold: 169
  • Overseas Players: 56
  • Total Spent: ₹4,31,70,00,000
  • Most expensive player: Ben Stokes – ₹12,50,00,000

In 2018, the IPL T20 season brought some exciting changes. 

It was the first time they used DRS (Decision review system).

There was also something new called the IPL Fanpark. 

They set up big screens in stadiums across 36 cities in 19 states all over India so that fans could watch the matches together.

This season, known as IPL 11 or Vivo IPL 2018, marked the eleventh year of the IPL T20 league.

 It ran from April 7th to May 27th, packed with thrilling cricket action.

The return of two teams, the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, made it even more special.

They were back after being suspended for two years due to some trouble involving their owners in a betting case back in 2013.


  • Players sold: 60
  • Overseas Players: 20
  • Total Spent: ₹1,06,80,00,000
  • Most expensive player: Varun Chakaravarthy – ₹8,40,00,000

The 2019 IPL T20 season, also known as IPL 12, marked the twelfth edition!

Initially, there were discussions about hosting the tournament in other countries due to the Indian general elections. 

However, eventually, the decision was made to hold the entire tournament in India. 

In a move to revitalise its identity, the Delhi Daredevils franchise announced a name change to the Delhi Capitals on December 4th, 2018. 

Alongside the rebranding, they also revealed a fresh logo!

As the defending champions, the Chennai Super Kings entered the season aiming for their third title, ready to defend their crown amidst stiff competition.

2020-2024: COVID-19 Challenges, Historic Expansion, Rule Changes

In recent years, the IPL T20 has continued to reach unprecedented heights. 

IPL 2020

  • Players Sold: 62
  • Overseas Players: 29
  • Total Spent: ₹1,40,30,00,000
  • Most Expensive Player: Pat Cummins – ₹15,50,00,000

The 2020 Indian Premier League was the thirteenth season of the professional IPL T20 cricket extravaganza. 

Scheduled to start on March 29, 2020, it got delayed due to COVID-19. 

But cricket fans didn’t lose hope.

On August 2, 2020, the tournament got a new lease of life as it was rescheduled to run in the United Arab Emirates.

However, this year’s IPL, T20, had strict regulations:

  • Players couldn’t use saliva to shine the ball.
  • Due to covid 19, there were no fans in stadiums.
  • Captains skipped the handshake after the toss.
  • Teams could replace players if they tested positive for COVID-19.

And, if that wasn’t enough!

IPL T20 witnessed a significant sponsorship shift when Vivo withdrew as the title sponsor on August 4, 2020. 

Stepping in, fantasy cricket platform Dream11 took over.

IPL 2021

  • Players sold: 57
  • Overseas Players: 22
  • Total Spent: ₹1,45,30,00,000
  • Most expensive player: Christopher Morris – ₹16,25,00,000

In 2021, Mumbai Indians entered IPL T20 as defending champions. Kings XI Punjab became Punjab Kings. 

The tournament started in April but halted in May due to COVID-19. 

It resumed in the UAE in September. 

Chennai Super Kings won the final against Kolkata Knight Riders. 

Harshal Patel dominated with the ball, earning the Most Valuable Player award.


  • Players sold: 204
  • Overseas Players: 67
  • Total Spent: ₹5,51,70,00,000
  • Most expensive player: Ishan Kishan – ₹15,25,00,000

In 2022, the IPL T20 marked a historic expansion with the addition of two new franchises!

In a thrilling final showdown, Gujarat Titans emerged victorious, defeating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets to claim their maiden IPL title in their debut season.

TATA IPL 2023 

  • Players sold: 80
  • Overseas Players: 29
  • Total Spent: ₹1,67,00,00,000
  • Most expensive player: Sam Curran – ₹18,50,00,000

In the 2023 IPL T20 season, the game saw some fresh twists:

  • Any unfair delivery would now incur a five-run penalty and a deadball call.
  • Teams can opt to declare after the toss, adding a strategic element to the game.
  • A new “Impact Player” rule allows teams to swap players chosen from a list of four substitutes during matches.
  • Teams must stick to the clock; if they don’t bowl their 20 overs on time, they face stricter fielding restrictions.

In the gripping final, Chennai Super Kings clinched their fifth IPL T20 title, defeating Gujarat Titans by five wickets (DLS method).

IPL T20 2024| Mitchell Starc Breaks Records in Auction 

  • Players sold: 72
  • Overseas Players: 30
  • Total Spent: ₹2,30,45,00,000
  • Most expensive player: Mitchell Starc – ₹24,75,00,000

The Indian Premier League 2024 began at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on March 22.

JioCinema, owned by Viacom18, is the official streaming platform for IPL.

MY11Circle, AngelOne, and RuPay have joined as associate partners.

This year, there are ten teams in IPL T20:

  • Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
  • Delhi Capitals (DC)
  • Gujarat Titans (GT)
  • Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
  • Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
  • Mumbai Indians (MI)
  • Punjab Kings (PBKS)
  • Rajasthan Royals (RR)
  • Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB)
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

Tata being the title sponsor, IPL T20 2024 has been titled-  TATA IPL 2024.

The match featured a masterclass from Virat Kohli, who, along with Dinesh Karthik, led RCB to chase down a target of 177 runs.

From its humble beginnings in 2008 to its current stature as a global phenomenon, the IPL T20 has traversed a remarkable journey.

Now, let’s talk about the real game story of IPL.

What impact does IPL T20 have on the economy?

With hundreds of crores spent in player auctions annually and deals worth millions and billions inked by BCCI, sponsors, media giants, advertisers, and more, the IPL T20 isn’t just cricket.

It’s a cash-flow extravaganza!

It boosts big corporations and fills the coffers of governments and the nation.

Boundary to Boardroom: Tracing the Impact of IPL T20 on the Economy

In addition to its sporting significance, the impact of IPL on the economy is huge.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a colossal economic engine that has transformed the finances of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).


It has significantly impacted India’s economy at large.

Here’s a closer look at how IPL T20 is shaping BCCI’s finances and influencing the broader economy:

  1. Unity in Diversity

The IPL T20 acts as a unifying force, bringing together players, fans, and franchises from diverse backgrounds.

  1. Tourism Boost

The IPL has become a magnet for cricket enthusiasts worldwide, drawing fans to India during the tournament season.

It is benefiting airlines, hotels, taxi services, and local businesses.

  1. Job Creation

The IPL creates a surge in job opportunities across various sectors, including hospitality, event management, security, and medical services.

  1. Media Exposure

The extensive media coverage of IPL T20 matches provides significant visibility to tier-2 cities. It prompts investment in infrastructure development and attracts tourists.

  1. Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities

The IPL T20 offers lucrative advertising and sponsorship opportunities for brands seeking to connect with a vast audience.

  1. GDP Contribution

The IPL’s positive impact on tourism, job creation, and infrastructure development contributes to India’s GDP growth.
The league’s success has positioned India as a premier cricketing destination, fostering economic prosperity in various regions.


The history of IPL T20 is not just a tale of sport; it’s a saga of passion that continues to shape economies and touch hearts worldwide. 

Year after year, it reaffirms that the love for cricket is indeed boundless.

FAQs| History of IPL T20

What is the old history of IPL T20?

The IPL began in 2008, inspired by the success of the T20 World Cup. It was conceptualised by Lalit Modi of the BCCI to blend cricket with the entertainment industry.

When did the first IPL T20 begin?

The first IPL T20 season started in 2008. It was played among 8 teams and expanded over 44 days.

On which platform will the IPL T20 2024 telecast?

The IPL 2024 matches will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network and streamed live on the Jio Cinema app and website. You can catch all the action on these platforms.

How many IPL trophies has Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won?

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have won the IPL Cup five times, i.e. in 2010, 2011, 2018, 2021, and 2023.

What is the lowest score in IPL history?

The lowest score in IPL history is 49 runs, made by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 23, 2017.

What is the schedule for IPL 2024?

The IPL 2024 matches shall be conducted at various locations, including Hyderabad, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow.

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