IPL Season 5 or the season of controversies? The previous IPL story told us how the number of franchises had raised from 8 to 10. But it is the year 2012 now and no IPL season is the same as the previous one. IPL 2012 or Indian Premier League season 5 had some of its own eccentric and amazing factors that make this season special. Let’s take this journey together to know how this edition of IPL was different from all the previous 4 seasons.
Like the other seasons, the tournament started in April, April 4, 2012, to be more precise, and came to an end on May 27, 2012. And this more than a month a long journey was filled with twists and turns for which we love IPL.
This season of IPL did not start with the same huge numbers of the audience as the last seasons but picked up later on and interestingly, ended up earning a higher cumulative viewership than any previous seasons of the IPL. A total of 74 matches were played during this season, one higher than the last season. These 74 matches recorded 163 million viewers against the 162 million of the previous year which was a result of 73 matches during the entire season.
The nail-biting finishes
The increased cumulative viewership also points towards the interesting matches that season 5 provided. Most of the matches played during this season gave results in the last over/overs. There were some clashes so interesting that the match could tip towards any team at any time and the decision could not be predicted till the last ball.
10 matches in this season ended with a slight margin. The winning team had gained the victory by a margin of fewer than 10 runs. Now if these matches would not increase the viewership then what would?
The new champions
Kolkata Knight Riders emerged as the winners in the 2012 tournament and lifted their first IPL trophy. Chennai Super Kings fought till the end, giving a tough time to the KKR but the team could not hit the hat-trick of winning the title. CSK lost to KKR by wickets in the final match. KKR also gave the player of the season to the tournament. Sunil Narine.
This season like the 2009 season of IPL was quite strange as the team that topped the points table did not even appear in the final. The same incident has been repeated in the history of IPL only one more time after 2012 and that was in the 2016 edition.
Why not have a glance at the points table to understand the game more clearly.
|2.||Kolkata Knight Riders||16||10||5||1||21||0.561|
|4.||Chennai Super Kings||16||8||7||1||17||0.100|
|5.||Royal Challengers Bangalore||16||8||7||1||17||-0.022|
|6.||Kings XI Punjab||16||8||8||0||16||-0.216|
|9.||Pune Warriors India||16||4||12||1||8||-0.551|
Kochi Tuskers Kerala terminated
Looking at the points table, we will also notice that there are only 9 teams unlike the previous season which boasted of 10 teams. The reason is that Kochi Tuskers Kerala was terminated during the 5th season.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala had breached the terms and conditions laid down by the BCCI and this resulted in the termination of the franchise.
According to the terms and conditions of the BCCI each franchise has to submit a bank guarantee every year that covers the fee payable to the BCCI. Kochi Tuskers was bought for Rs. 1,550 crore and the consortium had to pay a bank guarantee of Rs. 1.56 billion every year until 2020. Despite this, the former players of the franchise participated in the 5th season after being included in the players auction which was held on February 4, 2012.
The matter went out of hands and the BCCI urged the international players of the franchise to register individual court cases against the owners of the franchise.
The top four teams of this season received an honourable chance of representing India in the 2012 Champion League Twenty20. These four teams to end up at the top four positions were Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians.
Fair Play award this year went Rajasthan Royals. Mandeep Singh of Kings XI Punjab was awarded the Rising Star award for his extraordinary game in the season and Sunil Narine of the champion team, we all know, received the title of the Player of the Season.
The grand start
IPL season 5 is famous for one for reason and that is the bang with which the 5th edition started. The opening night of the season was truly a star-studded affair. Not only the Bollywood biggies adorned the grand stage of the IPL but international superstars like Katy Perry flew down to India to be a part of this exclusive affair. The performances included big names like the superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra and dancing legend Prabhu Deva. M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai dazzled with the light of these stars.
Closing ceremony of the tournament was also held at the same stadium bringing the event to complete end, a full circle.
IPL season 5 marked the biggest of controversies in the history of IPL and one amongst them is spot fixing that took place during this season. An Indian news channel, India TV accused five players of the spot fixing after a sting operation. Mohnish Mishra, Shalabh Srivastava, TO Sudhindra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali are the five names which were highlighted in this fixing. None of these players had played any international cricket. The players were immediately suspended by the BCCI.
Though later on the news surfaced that players were not found guilty but the channel that had conducted the sting operation and the editor-in-chief of the said news channel stood by the piece of information.
Later Mohnish Mishra, one of the 5 players admitted to have said that the franchises pay black money. He even said that the Rs. 15 million that he had received, out of that 12 million was black money. He was suspended from the team.
Shahrukh Khan and the infamous Wankhede Stadium incident
Shahrukh Khan being the superstar that he is and the owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, always remains in the spotlight but during the season 5 of the IPL he got attention all for the wrong reasons. The actor first was found smoking during a match between KKR and Rajasthan Royals. The incident was caught on camera and the Rajasthan police served him a notice for smoking in a public place.
This was not the end of the controversies for the actor. Later Khan received a five-year ban from Wankhede Stadium as he got into an argument with the security at the ground after a match.
Cricketers also did not leave chance to create headlines for wrong reasons. A Royal Challengers Bangalore, Luke Pomersbach was arrested for molesting an American woman.
Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell of Pune Warriors India also got their names registered for controversy during 2012 IPL. The players were arrested by Mumbai Police as they were found in a rave party.
What else on earth was left for the next season? The answer lies in the next story.