The IPL has a huge fan base in India and the reason has been the quality of the players on display in the tournament as well as the league serving huge money to the BCCI. The cash-rich league inaugurated in 2008 and has been a great source of entertainment for the fans in India with the two months celebrated like a festival season.
The long tournament has been watched across the globe by sportspersons all over the world and the entertainment factor has never gone in the downward direction. The 2020 IPL had to be conducted without the fans in the stadium in the UAE due to the pandemic and it did turn out to be a success still with record viewership on the television for the Indian premier league.
Five Biggest Controversies In IPL History:
Ravichandran Ashwin Mankads Jos Buttler:
The IPL 2019 perhaps saw the biggest controversy in the history of IPL with Ravichandran Ashwin mankaded Jos Buttler in a league match between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The incident had a great effect on the game as Rajasthan was cruising to victory at one stage and Buttler’s bizarre dismissal turned the game on its head.
Ashwin’s on his follow-through did not complete his action and turned around taking the bails off the stumps when Jos Buttler had moved out of the crease. Ashwin appealed and the umpire adjudged out immediately as it is completely part of the cricket rules. A lot of cricket experts felt that it wasn’t the right way to dismiss a batsman and Ashwin had faced a lot of criticism, however, he was very confident about being inside the rules of the game.