The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a tournament that has been braced with a lot of records over the years. The 14th edition came to an end as Chennai Super Kings tamed the Kolkata Knight Riders to win a fourth crown. Several records were scripted along the way in a season that saw things unfolding across two phases in different spells of the year in two different countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The likes of Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kolkata Knight Riders made it to the playoffs. MS Dhoni-led CSK were at their very best and downed a spirited KKR, who fought valiantly to get there.
Here we analyse 10 unique records registered in the IPL 2021 season.
Kohli gets past 6,000 IPL runs
RCB’s outgoing captain, Virat Kohli had a decent season with the bat, scoring 405 runs in 15 games. The run-machine had earlier surpassed the 6,000-run mark in the competition. He achieved the tally while playing against Rajasthan Royals in April 2021. Kohli smashed an unbeaten 72, helping his side win that match. He became the first batter to get past 6,000 IPL runs. He now has 6,283 runs at 37.39.
Rahul’s impressive consistency
KL Rahul finished IPL 2021 with 626 runs at 62.60. For the fourth successive season, Rahul championed the cause with dazzling performances. He is the only batter with 500-plus runs since 2018, besides scoring 2,548 runs in this phase (highest). Rahul is the highest six-hitter this season (30) and has the most maximums across the last four seasons (110). He achieved his best average in an edition of the IPL.
Mumbai dazzle with a mammoth 235-run total
MI gave a valiant display with the bat in their final league game. They smashed 235/9 in 20 overs which saw them finish the season with a 42-run win over SRH. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav smashed blistering 80-plus scores to see MI post their highest-ever IPL score. This was the highest score this season, besides being the seventh-highest overall in IPL history. MI also posted the highest IPL score in the UAE.
Nabi becomes first to script this record
Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi scripted a unique piece of history in the IPL. The veteran cricketer became the first fielder in IPL to take five catches in a single match. Nabi achieved this record while playing for SRH against MI in the final league game. He claimed catches of Rohit Sharma, Jimmy Neesham, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Suryakumar Yadav.
Most losses in a season for SRH
SRH have been one of the most consistent sides in the IPL. Since 2013, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs only the third time. However, the 2021 season was a bad one for the 2016 winners. SRH registered 11 losses from 14 league games and had a NRR of -0.545.
50 fifties for David Warner
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s David Warner endured a difficult IPL season after being so consistent over the years. The Aussie international was out of form and posted a series of low scores. He was also sacked as SRH’s captain midway before being dropped to the bench. Notably, Warner did script a unique record. By hitting two fifties this season, Warner raced to the mark of 50 in the IPL, becoming the first player to achieve the mark.
Youngest Orange Cap winner
CSK’s Ruturaj Gaikwad ended the season with 635 runs under his belt at an average of 45.36. Notably, he became the youngest player to win the prestigious Orange Cap. He also became the first player to win the Orange Cap and the Emerging Player award in the same IPL season.
Harshal Patel was on a song
RCB pacer Harshal Patel grabbed the most wickets in IPL 2021. He now holds the record for the joint-most wickets in an IPL season (32) alongside Dwayne Bravo. He won the Purple Cap and became the first uncapped player to do so. Harshal, who is set to be India’s net bowler in the upcoming T20 World Cup, was adjudged the Player of the Tournament (MVP). He is the third Indian to win after Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.
Second-highest wicket-taker in the IPL
CSK’s Bravo finished with 14 wickets in IPL 2021 at 18.78. The veteran West Indian star is now the second-highest wicket-taker in IPL history. He has claimed 167 wickets at 24.31. He surpassed Piyush Chawla (157) and Amit Mishra (166) to go second. Bravo is only behind Lasith Malinga now in terms of IPL scalps (170).
Fourth IPL title for CSK
CSK are now just the second team in IPL history to win four titles after MI (5). After winning the trophy in 2010, 2011, and 2018, CSK stood tall and defied KKR to lay their hands on the trophy once again. This was their ninth IPL final as well.