IPL in it’s rich 13-year history has not more than 2 matches in June and interestingly both the matches were played on 1st day of the month.
Rajasthan Royal and Kolkata Knight Riders teams (BCCI Image)
- Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural IPL edition on June 1, 2008
- 6 years later, Kolkata Knight Riders went on to win the title on the same date
- The similarities in the winning margins of the 2 teams is astonishing
In a recent interview Team India captain Virat Kohli has said that somethings are just destined to happen. In the same interview with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Kohli revealed that he believes in extra-terrestrial life and things on field many times have happened just like he imagined in his head. He added there is some energy bigger than the rest of the things.
Now, in a rich 13-year history of the cash-rich league, we have seen many close encounters but 2 episodes in 2 different years (6 years apart) has so much of stark similarity that it’s hard to digest.
Only two IPL matches have been played in the month of June and interestingly both on the 1st day of month. June 1 has seen two teams becoming the IPL champions. The first time it happened was on June 1 in 2008 as the underdogs Rajasthan Royals (RR) shocked everyone to clinch their only IPL title by defeating Chennai Super Kings.
Exactly six years later, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won their 2nd IPL title by denying Kings XI Punjab to win their first. A Gautam Gambhir-led team chased down the target of 200 runs in a nail-biting thriller in Bengaluru.
Now, if we are thinking that the dates are the only similarity or coincident then we are wrong. The mother of all coincidences awaits for us as the winning margins of both RR and KKR are ridiculously same. Yes, both the teams registered a 3-wicket victory to clinch the coveted IPL title.
In other similarities we can also say that both the matches saw two 2-wicket hauls. Interestingly, it was a pacer and a spinner on both the occasions. In the final of 2008, Albie Morkel and Muttiah Muralitharan were the ones to take 2 wickets each, while it was Mitchell Johnson and Piyush Chawla in the final of 2014 IPL edition.
In 2008, RR had chased down the target of 164 runs against a strong bowling line-up of CSK. Yusuf Pathan took 3 wickets and top-scored for RR with 56 runs to be adjudged Man-of-the-Match in the final. Suresh Raina (43) had top-scored for CSK in the match.
While, the 2014 IPL final saw a Manish Pandey masterclass. The KKR batsman smashed 94 off 50 balls to help his team chase down the 200-run target with 3 balls remaining.