Although IPL 2020 is yet to kickstart, there is hope and excitement in the air that the coronavirus pandemic will get over, and fans will see some action possibly.
Here are some of the top coincidences and trends in the history of IPL that are too good to be true.
Odd years lucky for Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians have won IPL titles every odd year. They have won IPL titles in 2013, 2015, and 2017 and 2019. Their two titles came by just a run. And all the losing finalists had MS Dhoni in the XI.
Australian players the lucky charm
Only Australian players from the overseas pool of cricketers have led their team to IPL titles. Shane Warne led Rajasthan Royals to IPL title in 2008, while Adam Gilchrist led Deccan Chargers to IPL title in 2009. David Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad to IPL title in 2016.
Karn Sharma, part of three straight winning teams
Karn Sharma is the only player to be part of three successive IPL winning teams and each time for a different franchise. Karn Sharma was part of SRH in 2016 title triumph. He played for MI in 2017 title win. He was part of CSK squad in 2018 title win.
Foes turn friends
IPL has brought foes into one team and make them compete for one franchisee than against one another. Harbhajan Singh played with Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting in IPL for Mumbai Indians after the three were involved in the monkeygate scandal in 2008 Test series.
Kohli in the lonely group
Virat Kohli is the only player in IPL history to play for just one franchisee in all the 12 IPL editions. There have been players who have played for just one franchisee such as Kieron Pollard for Mumbai Indians, but he has not been part of all the 12 editions so far.
Dhoni, part of most losing finalists
MS Dhoni has ended up as losing finalists a record 6 times (5 for CSK, 1 for RPS), the most by any player. Virat Kohli is second with 3 as losing finalists, all for RCB. But Dhoni has also won 3 IPL titles as skipper, while Kohli has none to show as a player or captain.