The List of Winners of Each IPL Season-Till 2022

The Indian Premier League has been transformative for world cricket. Its impact has been felt in every country that plays the sport and all the players it has procured services from. With the end of the 15th season of the IPL, here’s a look back on the winners of each IPL season thus far.

2008 – Rajasthan Royals

Final Match: Rajasthan Royals v/s Chennai Super Kings

The Rajasthan Royals are having quite a moment currently with their first entry into an IPL final since the very first season. The maiden victors of the IPL led by the late Shane Warne was a force to reckon with. Its playing 11 had names such as Yusuf Pathan, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Kaif, Ravindra Jadeja and Shane Watson to boast of. They won 11 of the 14 league matches they played, with each player contributing to the team fruitfully. While Shane Watson led the batting charge with 472 runs,  Sohail Tanvir earned himself the first-ever Purple Cap, with 22 wickets in 11 games. The way the Royals played through the season set the stage for 15 years of world-class cricket both in terms of the quality of the games and the sheer joy and entertainment they provided to millions of cricket fans globally.


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2009 – Deccan Chargers

Final Match: Deccan Chargers v/s Royal Challengers Bangalore

A beloved franchise and a fan favourite since the beginning, the Deccan Chargers were on a high from all the love as they won the second season of the IPL. Led by skipper Adam Gilchrist, the team consisted of stalwarts such as VVS Laxman, Andrew Symonds, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Ashish Nehra. They were also the first team to take on budding batsman Rohit Sharma, who has now become the face of another wildly successful franchise for the IPL Adam Gilchrist led from the front in every match, making a whopping 495 runs through the season.  Rudra Pratap Singh was the spearhead of their bowling attack, taking 23 wickets and becoming the second Purple Cap Winner of the tournament. It’s a shame the franchise doesn’t exist anymore, but the memories of fantastic cricket and some incredible class on the field will forever be embedded in the minds of fans.


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2010 – Chennai Super Kings

Final Match: Chennai Super Kings v/s Mumbai Indians

The saga begins! This was the first of four mind-blowing wins for the CSK in the IPL.  This is a team anyone would be terrified of facing, with names such as Muttiah Muralitharan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Albie Morkel, Michael Hussey, Mathew Hayden and skipper MS Dhoni appearing on the playing 11. Their star batsman for the season, however, was Suresh Raina with his 520 runs in the season aided by an 83* and 4 half-centuries. The team’s consistency, skill and coherent planning brought them into the finals against the equally consistent Mumbai Indians, and eventually helped them defeat the team that would go on to become one of CSK’s most fierce opponents. They set new standards for talent and technique and gave the Chennai Super Kings a platform to reach further heights in the tournament going further. The winner of each IPL season wishes to have the kind of streak that the likes of CSK have had through the years.

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2011 – Chennai Super Kings

Final Match: Chennai Super Kings v/s Royal Challengers Bangalore

Here we go again! The defending champions from the previous season retained their title of victors for the second year in a row, a first in the IPL at the time. The squad largely remained the same, other than the addition of the likes of Wriddhiman Saha and Dwayne Bravo. The squad of legends led by a young MS Dhoni picked up the trophy for a second time, with players like Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey stepping up to put the runs on the board when necessary. The team created a devout fanbase and showed that they could hold true to the promises they made to these fans. The winners of each IPL season are envious of the loyal fans that CSK have amasses, who love them equally, even when their team doesn’t perform as well as they’d hoped.


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2012 – Kolkata Knight Riders

Final Match: Kolkata Knight Riders v/s Chennai Super Kings

This season was a real rollercoaster for the team. They were somewhat inconsistent in their performance but persistent in their attempts at qualifying, which paid off very well.  The squad had quite a star-studded line-up with Brendon McCullum, Brett Lee, Sunil Naraine, Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan, Shakib al Hasan and the skipper himself, Gautam Gambhir. It also had some sensational young talent such as Mohammad Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, and Manish Pandey who have all become staples of the tournament over the years. Gambhir and Jacques Kallis led the batting attack through the season with 590 and 409 runs respectively. Narine took an impressive 24 wickets, along with the only 5 wicket haul of the season. Their continued attempts and a never say die attitude took them to the finals and helped them defeat the two-time reigning champs Chennai Super Kings to take the title from them.


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2013 – Mumbai Indians

Final Match: Mumbai Indians v/s Chennai Super Kings

After five years of close hits and near misses the Mumbai Indians finally claimed the title of champions in the 6th season of the IPL. This is a squad full of bursting with skill and class. Led by the young Rohit Sharma, the MI side included legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Ricky Ponting and Harbhajan Singh, along with the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Nathan Coulter-Nile Ambati Rayudu and Glenn Maxwell. It’s a team that was meant to win. With the skipper leading from the front with the bat, making 558 runs over the season, accompanied by Karthik’s 510, the team put up a continued fight through the tournament and reaped the benefits consistently. Harbhajan Singh and Mitchell Johnson’s 24 wickets each, backing the batting attack with phenomenal bowling. The team put in an immense collective effort to take themselves to the point of victory and it showed in their intent and spirit. This win also kicked off the saga of the many other wins to be credited to this team.


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2014 – Kolkata Knight Riders

Final Match: Kolkata Knight Riders v/s Kings XI Punjab

Winners of every IPL season aspire to bounce back like the boys in purple did. Within a year of their loss of title, KKR stormed through the 7th season and reclaimed their position as champions. Yet another star-studded team, KKR’s 2014 squad included the likes of Andre Russell, Morne Morkel Pat Cummins and Chris Lynn along with returning members like Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib al Hasan and skipper Gautam Gambhir. The star of the season, however, was unquestionably Robin Utthappa – the Orange Cap Winner of the year – who made a magnificent 660 runs in the season. The bowling attack was led by Narine once again, who took 21 wickets to back up the batting lineup. The team started out on uneasy footing with a few consecutive losses and only one win, but once they brought themselves back on track there was no stopping them. Fans were elated to watch their team win 9 consecutive matches from the league stages all the way to the finals against Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings). Here’s hoping that Kolkata fans get to see more such consistent performances in the future as well.


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2015 – Mumbai Indians

Final Match: Mumbai Indians v/s Chennai Super Kings

Here comes the second of many! Following the lead of their predecessors, Mumbai reclaimed the title of champions after just a year’s wait. A team with Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma would be bound to win just by itself, but this MI side saw the raw talent of several young players aspiring to make it big. This included Jasprit Bumrah, Unmukt Chand,  Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Gopal. Lendl Simmons was the star of the batting attack of the team, making 540 runs, and backed by the captain Rohit Sharma, who made 482 himself. Malinga, as expected, delivered on the bowling front with 24 superb wickets and as always, remained a match-winner on his own account. The team gained both respect and ardent fans, more so than they already had. Their consistency and superb effort even in unlikely situations bore them fruit and took them to lift the cup once again.


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2016 – Sunrisers Hyderabad

Final Match: Sunrisers Hyderabad v/s Royal Challengers Bangalore

The second title win for the team, this was a long time coming for the Hyderabad team and their loyal fans. The squad led by David Warner included the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Ben Cutting and Mustafizur Rahman. With such a diverse mix of talent, it’s hard to imagine any team being able to stand against them for long. David Warner – the Orange Cap holder of the previous year – led Hyderabad’s batting from the front, making 848 runs ably aided by Shikhar Dhawan’s 501. Mustafizur Rahman’s 17 wickets also greatly contributed to the constant victories of the team. But the big man with the ball for them would have to be the Purple Cap Winner of the year, Bhuvneshwar Kumar with his 23 dismissals. SRH was a consistent, hard-working and skilled side and it shows in the way they gracefully won the title of the IPL 2016 champs despite all odds.


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2017 – Mumbai Indians

Final Match: Mumbai Indians v/s Chennai Super Kings

The 10th season of the IPL brought with it what had been a dream for many. The Mumbai Indians became the first team to win the tournament three times, beating Chennai Super Kings in their tie of two wins each. The squad brought back some hard hitters like Bumrah, Pollard and Malinga but also added names like Tim Southee, Jos Buttler Nitish Rana and Krunal Pandya. This was a valiant team effort to bring back home the trophy and the pride, with some or the other player stepping up in tricky situations and taking the team to victory. Parthiv Patel’s 395 and Kieron Pollard’s 385 respectively, pulled the team out of many sticky spots accompanied by Jasprit Bumrah’s 20 wickets and Malinga’s 19. Mumbai was ably led by the sharp mind of Rohit Sharma and aided by a determination seldom seen so consistently in people.


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2018 – Chennai Super Kings

Final Match: Chennai Super Kings v/s Sunrisers Hyderabad

Hot on the heels of their rivals, CSK tied with SRH, to become the second team to win the title thrice. They clearly don’t like being beaten very often! The Chennai Super Kings picked up the pieces from the past few seasons, made necessary changes and sharpened their attack to put themselves back in the position of reigning champs. Ambati Rayudu became an essential batting option for the team, with his big hits and quick mind. He made an impressive 602 runs, including a century, followed by Shane Watson’s 555 which included a 117*. The bowling was spearheaded by Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo who took 16 and 14 wickets each. The team showed immense grit and determination and worked extensively under the captaincy of MS Dhoni to win the 11th season of the IPL.


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2019 – Mumbai Indians

Final Match: Mumbai Indians v/s Chennai Super Kings

This was the phase where the title of IPL winners just played hot potato between Mumbai and Chennai. It’s almost like they were in their own separate league and the other teams didn’t quite factor in. Mumbai’s 4th title win brought great elation to the fans and the team alike. Rohit Sharma’s boys in blue were determined to make and break their own records. The team added the likes of Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan to their side. The bowling, as usual, was dominated by Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga who took 19 and 16 beautiful dismissals each. There’s so much class in both these bowlers, it makes watching matches all the more gratifying. The batting charge was led by newcomer Quinton de Kock with his 529 runs along with the ever-dependable Suryakumar Yadav who made a 424. Mumbai has proved to be one of the most hard-working and consistent teams in the tournament that the winners of each IPL season must truly be envious of.


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2020 – Mumbai Indians

Final Match: Mumbai Indians v/s Delhi Capitals

They just seem absolutely unstoppable, don’t they? This win made it the 5th title victory for the team, a first for any in the IPL. The team retained most of its former buys and added to their bowling side with James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile to make up for the loss of their bowling backbone Lasith Malinga. Ishan Kishan proved to be a worthy retainment with his 516 runs, along with Quinton de Kock who made 503. Jasprit Bumrah remained their foremost bowler, taking 27 wickets and making it look like child’s play. He was ably supported by Trent Boult and Rahul Chahar, who took 25 and 15 wickets each. The season proved just how much of a dominating force the team from Mumbai is and will continue to be in the tournament. The winners of each IPL season now look back at the numerous wins of Mumbai and try to emulate the core strategies of the winning team.


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2021 – Chennai Super Kings

Final Match: Chennai Super Kings v/s Kolkata Knight Riders

Did you really think the hot potato stopped between these two? Not so fast then. Chennai’s 4th title win came again in Mumbai against KKR in the finals, making the win all the more gratifying. The playing 11 for this team was always a combination of dependable batsmen and bowlers, making their wins look like a cakewalk. The Orange Cap Winner of the season was also Chennai’s MVP, Ruturaj Gaikwad, who made 635 runs, closely followed by his teammate Faf du Plessis, who made a 633. Once again, the bowling was dominated by Shardul Thakur with his 21 dismissals, aided by Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo’s 14 wickets each. There’s a certain charm with which captain MS Dhoni conducts himself and captains his team and that was on full display through the season; a much-needed respite from the dreary second year of the pandemic.


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2022 – Gujarat Titans

Final Match: Gujarat Titans v/s Rajasthan Royals

The newest champs on the block are here! The Gujarat Titans had a spectacular first season and took home the title for the 15th season of the IPL Despite fierce competition through the league and the qualifier stages the team made brilliant use of their squad and brought themselves to the point of ultimate victory. The entire squad gave it their all and took an active role in every match to bring the team to where it reached. Hardik Pandya’s strategic captaincy and knowledge of which player to play against whom really paid off. His IPL career-best three-wicket haul came when his team needed it the most – the finals. Even when pitted against the Orange and Purple Cap winners Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal, the new team held its own and didn’t disappoint fans and viewers. Here’s hoping we get more fabulous cricket from the Titans in the upcoming seasons.


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The winners of each IPL season have elevated the standard of the sport and the way the game is perceived worldwide. It has been instrumental in making cricket accessible and entertaining to old and new fans alike. The tournament has had its fair share of controversies but it is still loved just as much. So this throwback list is in anticipation of the season to come next year.

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