Brendon McCullum hit the first fifty of IPL and converted it to century    AFP
Brendon McCullum hit the first fifty of IPL and converted it to century AFP

Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to entertain the viewers with its 10th season commencing from April 5, 2017. Over the years, the popular Twenty20 (T20) League has registered record viewership. The tournament is a stage for budding talents to perform in front of a global audience-base and with world-class cricketers. In IPL 2017, eight teams will take part and they are Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Gujarat Lions (GL), Mumbai Indians (MI), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Delhi Daredevils (DD), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). SRH are the reigning champions and will play the inaugural match of the tournament against RCB, the runners up of the previous season, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 1 at Hyderabad

Among the attractions this season, there will also be a city-based opening ceremony for the host grounds. As the action-packed tournament begins, here are some interesting statistics regarding every event that occurred for the first time in the tournament.

First ball bowled (Season wise)
Bowler Batsman Season
Praveen Kumar Sourav Ganguly 2008
Manpreet Gony Sanath Jayasuriya 2009
Chaminda Vaas Manoj Tiwary 2010
Iqbal Abdulla Srikkanth Anirudha 2011
Lasith Malinga Faf du Plessis 2012
Brett Lee Unmuk Chand 2013
Zaheer Khan Gautam Gambhir 2014
Umesh Yadav Rohit Sharma 2015
RP Singh Lendl Simmons 2016

It was Praveen Kumar who bowled the first-ever delivery of IPL 2008, the inaugural season. Sourav Ganguly faced the first delivery.

First run scored (Season wise)
Through extra Through batsman Season
Leg bye – Praveen Kumar Brendon McCullum 2008
Leg bye – Thilan Thushara Sanath Jayasuriya 2009
Leg bye – Chaminda Vaas Cheteshwar Pujara 2010
Bye – Laxmipathy Balaji Srikkanth Anirudha 2011
Wide – Lasith Malinga Faf du Plessis 2012
Bye – Brett Lee Mahela Jayawardene 2013
Wide – Zaheer Khan Jacques Kallis 2014
Leg bye – Umesh Yadav Rohit Sharma 2015
Wide – Ishant Sharma Lendl Simmons 2016

IPL s first runs though came as an extra (leg bye) by Praveen Kumar. Brendon McCullum was the first batsman to score a run in IPL.

First four (Season wise)
Bowler Batsman Season
Zaheer Khan Brendon McCullum 2008
Thilan Thushara Sanath Jayasuriya 2009
RP Singh Cheteshwar Pujara 2010
Iqbal Abdulla Murali Vijay 2011
Abu Nechim Murali Vijay 2012
Brett Lee Mahela Jayawardene 2013
Corey Anderson Manish Pandey 2014
Morne Morkel Aaron Finch 2015
RP Singh Rohit Sharma 2016

McCullum also hit the first boundary of IPL off a Zaheer Khan delivery

First six (Season wise)
Bowler Batsman Season
Zaheer Khan Brendon McCullum 2008
Andrew Flintoff Abhishek Nayar 2009
RP Singh Brad Hodge 2010
Sarabjit Ladda Srikkanth Anirudha 2011
Abu Nechim Suresh Raina 2012
Brett Lee Mahela Jayawardene 2013
Corey Anderson Manish Pandey 2014
Shakib Al Hasan Rohit Sharma 2015
RP Singh Lendl Simmons 2016

The hard-hitting New Zealander also hit Zaheer for a six to become a first batsman to do so in IPL.

First fifty (Season wise)
Batsman Run scored Season
Brendon McCullum 158* 2008
Sachin Tendulkar 59* 2009
Angelo Mathews 65* 2010
Srikkanth Anirudha 64 2011
Richard Levi 50 2012
Mahela Jayawardene 66 2013
Manish Pandey 64 2014
Rohit Sharma 98* 2015
Ajinkya Rahane 66* 2016

Brendon McCullum was the first batsman to score a half-century in IPL.

First 100 (Season wise)
Batsman Run scored Season
Brendon McCullum 158* 2008
AB de Villiers 105* 2009
Yusuf Pathan 100 2010
Mahela Jayawardene 110* 2011
Ajinkya Rahane 103* 2012
Shane Watson 101 2013
Lendl Simmons 100* 2014
Brendon McCullum 100* 2015
Virat Kohli 109 2016

McCullum converted the fifty to a century, becoming the first batsman to score a century. Now that s some domination!

First wicket (Season wise)
Bowler Batsman Season
Zaheer Khan Sourav Ganguly 2008
Thilan Thushara Sanath Jayasuriya 2009
Chaminda Vaas Manoj Tiwary 2010
Iqbal Abdulla Murali Vijay 2011
Run out – Ambati Rayudu Faf du Plessis 2012
Brett Lee Unmukt Chand 2013
Lasith Malinga Gautam Gambhir 2014
Morne Morkel Aaron Finch 2015
Ishant Sharma Rohit Sharma 2016

Zaheer Khan picked up the first wicket of IPL, dismissing Sourav Ganguly.

First maiden (Season wise)
Bowler Team Season
Glenn McGrath Delhi Daredevlils 2008
Anil Kumble Royal Challengers Bangalore 2009
Chaminda Vaas Deccan Chargers Hyderabad 2010
Lasith Malinga Mumbai Indians 2011
Lasith Malinga Mumbai Indians 2012
Irfan Pathan Delhi Daredevlils 2013
Varun Aaron Royal Challengers Bangalore 2014
Morne Morkel Kolkata Knight Riders 2015
Rajat Bhatia Rising Pune Supergiant 2016

Glenn McGrath bowled the first maiden over of IPL.

First 4WIs (Season wise)
Bowler Figures Season
Glenn McGrath 4-0-29-4 2008
Anil Kumble 3.1-1-5-5 2009
Angelo Mathews 4-0-19-4 2010
Lasith Malinga 3.4-1-13-5 2011
Ashoke Dinda 4-0-18-4 2012
Sunil Narine 4-0-13-4 2013
Lasith Malinga 4-0-23-4 2014
Imran Tahir 4-0-28-4 2015
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-22-4 2016

McGrath was also the first to bag a 4-wicket haul in IPL. He achieved the feat in the inaugural edition playing for DD.

First catch (Season wise)
Fielder Batsman Season
Jacques Kallis Sourav Ganguly 2008
Matthey Hayden Sanath Jayasuriya 2009
Rohit Sharma Manoj Tiwary 2010
Rajat Bhatia Murali Vijay 2011
Harbhajan Singh James Franklin 2012
Jacques Kallis David Warner 2013
Rohit Sharma Robin Uthappa 2014
Umesh Yadav Aaron Finch 2015
MS Dhoni (wk) Hardik Pandya 2016

South Africa s Jacques Kallis was the first to take a catch in IPL as his catch dismissed Ganguly.

First stumping (Season wise)
Wicketkeeper Batsman Season
Kamran Akmal Mahela Jayawardene 2008
Robin Uthappa Shane Warne 2009
Robin Uthappa Adam Gilchrist 2010
MS Dhoni Manvinder Bisla 2011
Naman Ojha Rajat Bhatia 2012
Parthiv Patel Yuvraj Singh 2013
Robin Uthappa Ambati Rayudu 2014
Robin Uthappa AB de Villiers 2015
Robin Uthappa Pawan Negi 2016

Kamran Akmal was the first to execute a stumping dismissal in IPL. He did so playing for the winners of the first edition Rajasthan Royals (RR).

First run out (Season wise)
Batsman Fielder Season
Ashley Nofke Ajit Agarkar/Wriddhiman Saha 2008
Harbhajan Singh Jacob Oram 2009
Rajagopal Satish Naman Ojha 2010
Yusuf Pathan MS Dhoni 2011
Faf du Plessis Ambati Rayudu 2012
Shahbaz Nadeem Manvinder Bisla/Sunil Narine 2013
Lasith Malinga Yuvraj Singh 2014
Amit Mishra MS Dhoni/Ashish Nehra 2015
Ravindra Jadeja Mitchell Johnson 2016

Ashley Noffke was the first batsman to be run out in IPL off an Ajit Agarkar delivery, executed by Wriddhiman Saha.

First MoM (Season wise)
Player Team Season
Brendon McCullum Kolkata Knight Riders 2008
Sachin Tendulakr Mumbai Indians 2009
Angelo Mathews Kolkata Knight Riders 2010
Srikkanth Anirudha Chennai Super Kings 2011
Richard Levi Mumbai Indians 2012
Sunil Narine Kolkata Knight Riders 2013
Jacques Kallis Kolkata Knight Riders 2014
Morne Morkel Kolkata Knight Riders 2015
Ajinkya Rahane Rising Pune Supergiant 2016

Playing for KKR, McCullum became the first cricketer to receive a Man of the Match award in IPL.

First Orange cap winner (Season wise)
Player Runs Season
Shaun Marsh 616 2008
Matthew Hayden 572 2009
Sachin Tendulkar 618 2010
Chris Gayle 608 2011
Chris Gayle 733 2012
Mike Hussey 733 2013
Robin Uthappa 660 2014
David Warner 562 2015
Virat Kohli 973 2016

Shaun Marsh received the first orange cap of IPL, scoring 606 runs in the inaugural season.

First Purple cap winner (Season wise)
Player Wickets Season
Sohail Tanvir 22 2008
RP Singh 23 2009
Pragyan Ojha 21 2010
Lasith Malinga 28 2011
Morne Morkel 25 2012
Dwayne Bravo 32 2013
Mohit Sharma 23 2014
Dwayne Bravo 24 2015
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 23 2016

Sohail Tanvir picked up 22 wickets in the 2008 season to claim the purple cap.

Player of the tournament
Player Team Season
Shane Watson Rajasthan Royals 2008
Adam Gilchrist Deccan Chargers Hyderabad 2009
Sachin Tendulkar Mumbai Indians 2010
Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore 2011
Sunil Narine Kolkata Knight Riders 2012
Shane Watson Rajasthan Royals 2013
Glenn Maxwell Kings XI Punjab 2014
Andre Russell Kolkata Knight Riders 2015
Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore 2016

Shane Watson, playing for the winners Rajasthan franchise, was named the Man of the Tournament of IPL 2008.

Emerging player of the tournament
Player Team Season
Shreewats Goswami (U19) Royal Challengers Bangalore 2008
2009
Saurabh Tiwary (U23) Mumbai Indians 2010
Iqbal Abdulla (Rising Star) Kolkata Knight Riders 2011
Mandeep Singh (Rising Star) Kings XI Punjab 2012
Sanju Samson (Young Player) Rajasthan Royals 2013
Axar Patel Kings XI Punjab 2014
Shreyas Iyer Delhi Daredevils 2015
Mustafizur Rahman Sunrisers Hyderabad 2016

 

Shreewats Goswami had received the emerging player of 2008 season of IPL, playing for RCB.

Fair play award of the tournament
Team Captain Season
Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni 2008
Kings XI Punjab Yuvraj Singh 2009
Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni 2010
Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni 2011
Rajasthan Royals Rahul Dravid 2012
Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni 2013
Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni 2014
Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni 2015
Sunrisers Hyderabad David Warner 2016

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) received the fair play award for the inaugural season of IPL.

The final of IPL 2017 will be held on May 21, 2017 at Hyderabad