5 lies we thought we knew about IPL but aren’t true

Since its inception in 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has never looked back. It is the world's largest T20 league. Every year, fans eagerly anticipate the start of the IPL.

All you've heard about the IPL isn't entirely accurate. There are several misconceptions about the IPL that people still believe to be true.

Take a look at the 5 Lies We Thought We Knew About The IPL:

1) Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned for match fixing

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CSK and RR were banned from the IPL for two years in July 2015 after their main officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were found betting and spot-fixing during the 2013 season. Both officials were barred from participating in any BCCI-sanctioned cricket matches for the rest of their lives. People still believe they were banned because they were involved in match-fixing or “fixing”, but according to facts both teams were banned due to betting and "spot-fixing" . Spot-fixing is not the same as match-fixing. Spot-fixing is when a player takes a pre-arranged move to fix the outcome of a particular event in order to defraud bookmakers. Spot-fixing is distinct from match-fixing, which involves players or officials influencing the final outcome of a game.

2) Mumbai Indians won 5 trophies because of Umpires

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MI is the most profitable franchise in the league's history. They have the most titles in the history of the IPL, having won five so far. However, many people still believe that they buy umpires and win matches by using them to force decisions in their favour but such claims are false. Umpiring mistakes are a part of the game, and they happen all the time. A few contentious decisions, such as MS Dhoni's run out in the 2019 final and Steve Smith's wide down the leg side in the 2017 final, were 50-50. Instead of making reasons and dismissing MI's wins, one should appreciate for their incredible achievements.

3) Sunrises Hyderabad and Deccan Chargers are one and the same team

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The first team from Hyderabad was the Deccan Chargers (DC). They competed in the IPL for the first five seasons, winning the title in 2009. In the sixth edition of the league, they were replaced by Sunrisers Hyderabad. People are often puzzled and believe both teams are the same, which is incorrect. SRH took over for DC in 2012 and made its debut in 2013. After the DC went bankrupt, Sun TV Network took over the franchise.

4) Chris Morris is the highest paid IPL player

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Chris Morris is without a doubt one of the most bankable all-rounders in the history of the IPL. This year, his IPL salary skyrocketed after Rajasthan Royals (RR) bought him for a whopping 16.25 crore in the IPL 2021 auction. He is, however, not the highest-paid player in the IPL. In reality, Virat Kohli is the highest-paid cricketer in the world. Kohli was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for a whopping 17 crore in 2018. Virat Kohli is, in reality, the highest-paid cricketer in the world. Kohli was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for a whopping 17 crore in 2018. 2 crores more than the highest retention price.

5) IPL is a fixed league

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This has to be the greatest myth in the history of mankind. There is no way that one of the most important leagues in human history can be fixed. Every player in the IPL gives his all and works hard in the sweltering heat.

The BCCI ensures that no IPL matches are predetermined by keeping a close eye on all of the IPL teams and their players. They've made it a priority to educate all of the teams on the anti-corruption procedures.

These were the 5 lies we thought we knew about IPL but aren't true.

by Ananya | Mon, May 10 - 12:10 PM

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