Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be a decade old, starting from 2008; it will be completing its tenth season in 2017. IPL 2017 is starting on April 5, at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad with the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. With the start of IPL 2017, there will be some things which will happen first time in IPL history. Let’s take a look at some of the facts:
1. MS Dhoni not a captain
First time in IPL history Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be not leading any team. He had been captain of Chennai Super Kings from the opening year 2008 to 2015. But after the suspension of Chennai Super Kings, he was made the captain of newly formed team, Rising Pune Supergiants for the IPL 2016 season. But prior to the IPL 2017, Steve Smith, Australian skipper is assigned as the captain of Rising Pune Supergiants.
2. Afghanistan player to debut in IPL
First time Afghan player will be participating in IPL. Two players, Mohammad Nabi, an all-rounder and Rashid Khan, a leg-spinner will be playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2017.
3. Opening Ceremony in all Franchise City
IPL 2017 opening ceremony will be organised at all 8 franchise city as stated by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). And the grand opening will be held at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad on 5th April 2017 on the day of the first match of IPL 2017 between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). And also every opening ceremony will be organised on the first home match of the every team.
4. No Mumbai Indians or Kolkata Knight Riders in Opening Match
First time in IPL history, nor the Mumbai Indians or the Kolkata Knight Riders will be participating in opening match of the tournament. IPL 2017 opening match is played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Earlier in all the season either of the two was playing the opening match.
IPL 2008: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kolkata Knight Riders
IPL 2009: Mumbai Indians vs. Chennai Super Kings
IPL 2010: Deccan Chargers vs. Kolkata Knight Riders
IPL 2011: Chennai Super Kings vs. Kolkata Knight Riders
IPL 2012: Chennai Super Kings vs. Mumbai Indians
IPL 2013: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Delhi Daredevils
IPL 2014: Mumbai Indians vs. Kolkata Knight Riders
IPL 2015: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Mumbai Indians
IPL 2016: Mumbai Indians vs. Rising Pune Supergiants
IPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore
5. Winner and Runner –Up in Openning Match of the Season
First time the Winner and Runner-up of the previous season will be playing in the opening match. Earlier either the champions or the runner-up were playing the first match.
|Year||Winner||Runner-Up||First Match Next Season|
|2008||Rajasthan Royals||Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings|
|2009||Deccan Chargers||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2010||Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai Indians||Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2011||Chennai Super Kings||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians|
|2012||Kolkata Knight Riders||Chennai Super Kings||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils|
|2013||Mumbai Indians||Chennai Super Kings||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians|
|2014||Kolkata Knight Riders||Kings XI Punjab||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians|
|2015||Mumbai Indians||Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiants|
|2016||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore|