If cricket is considered a religion in India, IPL can rightly be called its major ritual. The craze of IPL in India is such that the tournament has been conducted even under various extraordinary situations, like the 2009 and 2014 general elections and also amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. When the country was undergoing a stringent lockdown because of the pandemic, IPL was considered as a stressbuster for the Indian Public.
But who are the teams that have the maximum impact on this tournament? Which franchises have won the most number of matches and trophies? Let’s find out.
Here is a list of the teams who have won the maximum number of matches and trophies of the IPL ever since its very beginning.
Based on the number of matches won
Mumbai Indians (122 wins)
If you ask about one team that has completely conquered the tournament, Mumbai Indians is the answer. With 122 wins out of 210 matches, Mumbai Indians have secured the number of victories by any team In the IPL. With a winning percentage of 58.1%, there is no test that this team has not passed. Mumbai Indians is considered the most balanced team in the tournament and has a bench strength like no other.
Chennai Super Kings (111 wins)
Second on the list but nowhere second on the popularity list, Chennai Super Kings have won 111 out of their 168 matches. Having a winning percentage of 59.86%, CSK has the maximum efficiency out of all teams in the tournament. Chennai super kings also hold the record of playing the most number of IPL finals.
Kolkata Knight Riders (100 wins)
A Franchise owned by the King Khan of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan, Kolkata knight riders stands third in the list of IPL match wins. Having played 202 matches and winning 100 out of them, the winning percentage of KKR stands at 49.5%, based on the number of trophies won.
Mumbai Indians (5 times)
Mumbai Indians have won the IPL trophy five times in the years 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. Out of these, the last four wins have come under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma while the 2013 win was led by the greatest of all-time master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Interestingly, 3 out of 5 times the final opponent was Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai Super Kings (3 times)
Any team is as good as its captain and who is better than India’s most successful captain MS Dhoni to lead a team? Under Thalaiva’s leadership, Chennai Super Kings have seen the face of the finals the most number of times, 7, and won three of them. CSK have won the tournament in the years 2010, 2011 and 2018.
Kolkata Knight Riders (2 times)
The franchise representing Kolkata, the City of Joy has given the city the reason to rejoice twice by winning the coveted IPL trophy in the years 2012 and 2014. KKR have defeated CSK in 2012 and KXIP in 2014. In both instances, Gautam Gambhir, the Indian southpaw batsman who had played an invaluable 97 run innings in the 2011 world cup final, was the captain of the team.
It is no surprise that the teams that have won the number of matches have also won the number of trophies, in the same order. These three teams have also produced many players who debuted for Team India, with the likes of Jaspreet Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Nitish Rana. Talk about ruling a tournament, these three teams have shown how to do it. But the list is not always permanent. With the cloud of thrill and suspense that hovers over every IPL season, the list is most likely to change very often.