The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the showcase tournament of T20 cricket. It has added unprecedented colour, controversy and chutzpah to the gentleman’s game. In this quiz, we ask you 10 questions based on the first five seasons of the IPL (2008-2012).
Q.1 In the first IPL player auctions conducted in February 2008, which player won the highest bid, getting sold for a then record US $1.5 millions?
Answer: M.S. Dhoni (a value for money deal, the Chennai Super Kings bosses would be thinking)
Q.2 The final of the first Indian Premier League was contested by Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals on 1 June 2008. Which ground hosted the tie?
Answer: D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
Q.3 One man's picture is missing in the above sequence of pictures. Whose picture when added to the above list will make it complete?
Answer: Shaun Marsh (of King’s XI Punjab)
Those are the pictures of the orange cap winners of the annual IPL tournaments. Hayden won it for 2009, Sachin for 2009, Gayle for 2010 and 2011. Shaun Marsh was the first holder of the Orange Cap: for the 2008 edition.
Q.4 Who scored the first century in any IPL match?
Answer: Brendon McCullum
He scored 158 not out for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswami Stadium on 18 April 2008. Even at the close of the 2012 season, it remained the highest individual score yet.
Q.5 And who took the first hat-trick in IPL?
Answer: Laxmipathy Balaji
Balaji claimed the hattrick for CSK on 10 May 2008. He claimed the wickets of Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla and VRV Singh of King’s XI Punjab.
Q.6 Name the two batsmen who were the first to be involed in a double century partnership when they added 206 runs for the 2nd wicket in 2011.
Answer: Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh (for King’s XI Punjab, vs RCB on 17 May 2011)
Q.7 Can you identify the lady in the picture above? Her involvement with an IPL team created a major scandal.
Answer: Sunanda Pushkar (now Sunanda Tharoor)
Q.8 Who coached the winning Deccan Chargers team of IPL 2009?
Answer: Darren Lehmann
Q.9 Who was the first player to complete 2000 runs in IPL matches?
Answer: Suresh Raina
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Q.10 He took 6 for 14 in a match in IPL 2008, and it still remains the best bowling figures in an IPL innings. Whose figures are those?
Answer: Sohail Tanvir (for Rajasthan Royals)