Lok Sabha Elections and increased insurance prices
It’s the year 2014 and the Indian Premier League is back to its previous order of teams s which was 8 competing teams in the tournament. Yes, we are going to give you a tour of IPL season 7 and what all transpired during this edition of the IPL, a tournament that was established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2007. The league had been going strong with increased viewership each year and even a few jolts here and there have not been able to shake the strong foundation of the IPL.
The 7th season of the league started on April 16, 2014, and came to an end on June 1, 2014. This was the second time that the IPL was not hosted in India. Back in the year 2009, South Africa became the host country for the IPL as India was holding its General election. 2014 also witnessed the same crisis as then Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde refused to provide security for the league due to the Indian General election.
BCCI decided to have the tournament during its regular time but not in India. Thus, IPL 2014 was jointly hosted by the UAE. The first 20 matches of the league took place in the UAE and the rest of the league matches were completed in India. The board had taken to organize matches in India in those cities where the polling had been completed. No matches took place on May 16th in India s it was the day for counting votes for the general election.
Increased rates of Insurance policy
BCCI had requested the government for the tournament to be played in India which meant the matches taking amidst the Lok Sabha election. Though the board was organizing matches in the cities where the election had already taken place, it could not be denied that the situation was delicate.
Insurance companies took advantage of the same and asked to double the rates for the insurance cover of the IPL 2014. The insurance companies expected a high-security danger threat during the elections period in the country which led them to demand Rs. 140 million for a cover of Rs. 9 billion this year which was exactly double the last year’s price of Rs. 70 million.
Winners of the tournament
IPL 2014 was won by Kolkata Knight Riders and they clinched the trophy after defeating Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets. Glenn Maxwell of Kings XI Punjab was declared the Player of the Series while the award of most runs went to Robin Uthappa from Kolkata Knight Riders. Uthappa scored a total 0f 660 runs during the series. Seems like the teams were not only fighting for the IPL title but each title available in the tournament.
Despite such tough competition between the winning and the Runners-up team, Chennai Super Kings was able to sneak in and grab the award for the most wickets. Mohit Sharma of CSK had taken 23 wickets during the IPL 7 which made him the maximum number of wicket-taker in the league.
And you must still be wondering which team was left out of the league to give us a total number of 8 teams. Well, it was Pune Warriors India that had opted to withdraw from the tournament.
We know how tough IPL can get and what better than the points table to give a clear picture of the league. So, let’s take a look at all the numbers to see which team could have made it to the top but didn’t.
|1.||Kings XI Punjab||14||11||3||0||22||0.968|
|2.||Kolkata Knight Riders||14||9||5||0||18||0.418|
|3.||Chennai Super Kings||14||9||5||0||18||0.385|
|7.||Royal Challengers Bangalore||14||5||9||0||10||-0.428|
The drug controversy
IPL and rave parties seem to inseparable. 2014 was also tarnished by the allegations of cricketers indulging in substance abuse. It was not only a matter of accusation and false alarm. Indian spinner Rahul Sharma and South Africa’s Wayne Parnell were arrested by the Mumbai Police for attending a party where drugs were being served. The matter became grave when the cricketers were tested for authentication and they tested positive. It was humiliating not only for the players but raised questions on the entire tournament and cricket fraternity.
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