Cricket is a game of uncertainty, a game full of mysteries to be served! You can be a superstar in one of the games and in next game must end up getting nothing. But the consistency and indomitable spirit should drive to fetch the dreams.
Innings that have changed life, games that are still fresh in the minds and overs that have created histories, that have changed fortunes.
IPL has been a platform for veterans to make a comeback and also for budding stars to prove their mettle on a global stage.
All these ten years have seen some amazing games and amazing comebacks.
Caution- you may need seatbelts to cruise through these thrillers!
Delhi Daredevils – 2008
It was the first season of the game and team Delhi had a whole lot of stars attached to their side.
Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan and on other hand bowling lineup led by Glenn McGrath and Amit Mishra.
They started well winning 4 matches out of 5 in first few games but things started falling apart a bit in the next patch.
They lost their next 4 games and were suddenly struggling to reach the semis.
Behind Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in the points table, DD managed 3 wins in their last 5 games. A washout with KKR and a victory over MI in the final league game meant they finished the league a solitary point more than Mumbai.
They won 3 matches back to back. while chasing 177 in the final game against Mumbai, they lost early wickets but innings by Manoj Tiwary and Dinesh Karthik helped them to win
Deccan Chargers – 2010
They won the second season of IPL and thus started in 2010 as the defending champions and kept on winning a few matches in the beginning but failed to continue the winning streak. They suffered 5 losses back to back and then bounced back to win 5 matches on a streak which made them sail to the semi-final of the league.
Their win sequence in the final 5 games was against RCB, CSK, RCB, KXIP and DD. It was one of the most sensational comeback scripts, which, however, came to halt in the semis against the Super Kings. The side was well led by Gilchrist.
Chennai Super Kings – 2010 & 2012
One of the most consistent teams of IPL, this franchise have always dazzled its fans by their brimming performance. They won just 2 games out of 7 in 2010 and were almost out of the competition. However, by winning 5 games out of their last 7, they scrapped through. Powered by some of the best finishers in the game, CSK once again held their nerves till the end as they edged Punjab in Dharamshala led by MSD.
Batting first, Punjab did well to reach 192 in their 20 overs, but skipper MS Dhoni blasted 30 off the final 2 overs to take his team over the finish line, remaining not out with 54 off 29 balls. That turned out to be Chennai’s lucky charm as they finally won the IPL trophy after having gone close the last 2 times.
CSK were unlikely to progress to the playoffs having won just 5 out of their first 12 games, again in 2012! But they won 3 out of their remaining 4 and then rode their luck to qualify as they had a better net run rate. The thriller of a game was the match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Eden Gardens in which they won off the last ball.
Kolkata Knight Riders – 2014
The season was controversial on its own as the competition was shifted to UAE for elections in India but the story of another consistent team of the league was no less than a fairytale.The Kolkata-based franchise won just 2 games out of their 7. However, the return of the competition to India saw them climb up the ladder as they went undefeated thereafter winning nine games on the trot to pick up their second IPL title.
In a game against RR, they lost 6 wickets in 2 runs and losing games from super over never made anyone feel that this team can win the title.However the changes in the team lineup, uplifting Uthappa in the list and leaving out Kallis they registered one of the most talked dream years of their league.They won each of their remaining 9 matches to win the competition for the 2nd time in 3 years. Against SRH at the Eden Gardens in their final group game, they needed to chase down 161 in 15.2 overs to finish in the top two. Not willing to risk an eliminator, the side went all out and Yusuf Pathan blazed 72 off just 22 balls, including the fastest 50 off 15 balls, to accomplish a miracle. Who can ever forget that Yusuf Pathan innings?
Mumbai Indians – 2014
A journey to playoffs worth remembering! Sharing the same story like the KKR, Having lost all their 5 games in Abu Dhabi, they returned to India to win 7 out of their remaining 9 games.Mumbai Indians had to chase down 190 within 14.3 overs to qualify for the playoffs on the basis of a superior net run rate in the final league game against Rajasthan. Corey Anderson 95 (44) and Ambati Rayudu 30 (10) put together a remarkable 80-run partnership from 5 overs, which sealed their passage through.
The previous night had already seen a miracle with the way KKR chased down 161 in 15 overs. No cricket fans knew that two thrillers gonna come back to back n hit hard!James Faulkner was the bowler and Tare was the batsman, and their heads must have been spinning with all the drama and confusion. Ultimately, Faulkner produced a full toss outside leg-stump and Tare deposited his first ball out of the ground to secure the most incredible of qualification for the playoffs for MI.