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Indian T20 League 2021: The History

The Indian T20 League is a multi-franchise T20 league based in India, played during the summer months by eight teams representing different regions of India. The first edition of the league took place in 2008. Over the years, it has developed into one of the biggest and toughest cricket leagues in the world.

As the resumption of the league approaches nearer, let’s take a look at the league’s history, the teams, winners and much more.

Indian T20 League Format

Each team plays with each other twice in a home-and-away round-robin format in the group stage. After the group stage, the top four teams in the points table qualify for play-offs. The format for play-offs is slightly different from the direct knockout format.

indian-t-league format

Indian T20 League 2021 Match Schedule

The Indian T20 League 2021 will resume on 19th of September, and the final is scheduled for 15th of October. The day games have a start time of 3:30 PM IST, while the evening matches will get underway at 7:30 PM IST.

Sr. No Match Date Time Location/Stadium
30 Chennai vs Mumbai September 19, Sunday 7:30 PM Dubai
31 Kolkata vs Bangalore September 20, Monday 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi
32 Punjab vs Rajasthan September 21, Tuesday 7:30 PM Dubai
33 Delhi vs Hyderabad September 22, Wednesday 7:30 PM Dubai
34 Mumbai vs Kolkata September 23, Thursday 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi
35 Bangalore vs Chennai September 24, Friday 7:30 PM Sharjah
36 Delhi vs Rajasthan September 25, Saturday 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi
37 Hyderabad vs Punjab September 25, Saturday 7:30 PM Sharjah
38 Chennai vs Kolkata September 26, Sunday 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi
39 Bangalore vs Mumbai September 26, Sunday 7:30 PM Dubai
40 Hyderabad vs Rajasthan September 27, Monday 7:30 PM Dubai
41 Delhi vs Kolkata September 28, Tuesday 3:30 PM Sharjah
42 Mumbai vs Punjab September 28, Tuesday 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi
43 Rajasthan vs Bangalore September 29, Wednesday 7:30 PM Dubai
44 Hyderabad vs Chennai September 30, Thursday 7:30 PM Sharjah
45 Kolkata vs Punjab October 1, Friday 7:30 PM Dubai
46 Mumbai vs Delhi October 2, Saturday 3:30 PM Sharjah
47 Rajasthan vs Chennai October 2, Saturday 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi
48 Bangalore vs Punjab October 3, Sunday 3:30 PM Sharjah
49 Kolkata vs Hyderabad October 3, Sunday 7:30 PM Dubai
50 Delhi vs Chennai October 4, Monday 7:30 PM Dubai
51 Rajasthan vs Mumbai October 5, Tuesday 7:30 PM Sharjah
52 Bangalore vs Hyderabad October 6, Wednesday 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi
53 Chennai vs Punjab October 7, Thursday 3:30 PM Dubai
54 Kolkata vs Rajasthan October 7, Thursday 7:30 PM Sharjah
55 Hyderabad vs Mumbai October 8, Friday 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi
56 Bangalore vs Delhi October 8, Friday 7:30 PM Dubai
Play-offs
57 QUALIFIER 1 October 10, Sunday 7:30 PM Dubai
58 ELIMINATOR October 11, Monday 7:30 PM Sharjah
59 QUALIFIER 2 October 13, Wednesday 7:30 PM Sharjah
60 FINAL October 15, Friday 7:30 PM Dubai

How to Play Indian Fantasy T20 League on Howzat

Select a virtual team of real players by picking players from the two teams that are going to play and compete with other participants. Your team scores points based on your players’ performance in the match.

Here are the steps on how to play Indian T20 Fantasy League cricket on Howzat:

  • Step 1: Sign up/Register on our official website Howzat.com or download the fantasy app
  • Step 2: Select any match of your choice from the list of matches available on the app.
  • Step 3: Create a team of 11 players by selecting players from both the teams using the 100 credit points provided.
  • Step 4: Choose your captain and vice-captain for the match and save the team.
  • Step 5: Pay entry fee and join any number of contests from the list available for the particular match.
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To know more in detail about How To Play Fantasy Cricket, click here .

Indian Fantasy League T20 Points System

Getting the hang of the scoring system is crucial, and it helps you select the right players in your team. Once you understand the scoring system, half the battle is won!

  • Batter score points on every run scored, and on hitting a boundary/ six. There are additional points for high strike rates/reaching 50 or 100 and few others.
  • Bowlers get points on every wicket taken. There are additional points for bowled/lbw dismissals and few others.
  • Fielders are awarded points for catches and run outs while wicket keepers get additional points for stumpings.

If you are a beginner, you should check out the game rules and the Howzat fantasy scoring system.With practice, you can easily become a highly skilled player.

Indian T20 Fantasy League Winning Tips

Millions of users play the Indian Fantasy League on Howzat. The Indian T20 Fantasy League requires a good knowledge of players and analytical skills to win.

  • Pick more top-order batters for the T20 format.
  • Select a good number of all-rounders to earn points from both batting and bowling perspectives.
  • Go for a good mixture of experienced and new players in your team.
  • Choose your captain and vice-captain wisely as they give your 2x and 1.5x points, respectively.
  • Read Howzat blog posts for a detailed analysis of the game, which includes the team previews, pitch reports, key players and probable 11, etc.

Click here to read more such fantasy cricket tips on how to create your fantasy teams and maximize your chances of winning the Indian T20 fantasy league.

Indian T20 League Past Winners

Over the past 13 seasons, multiple teams have got their hands on the prestigious Indian T20 League trophy. Because it is regarded as the toughest T20 League among many, the winning team and its key players are celebrated a long time after the tournament is over.

Mumbai is the most successful side, winning the trophy 5 times while Chennai have been winners 3 times. Kolkata have won the trophy twice.

Past Winners of the Indian T20 League Trophy

    • Season
    • 2020
    • 2019
    • 2018
    • 2017
    • 2016
    • 2015
    • 2014
    • 2013
    • 2012
    • 2011
    • 2010
    • 2009
    • 2008
    • Winners
    • MUM
    • MUM
    • CHN
    • MUM
    • HYD
    • MUM
    • KOL
    • MUM
    • KOL
    • CHN
    • CHN
    • DEC
    • RAJ
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Indian T20 League Orange & Purple Cap Winners

  • Orange Cap Winner
  • Purple Cap Winner

For a batter, winning the Orange Cap holds a testimony to the consistency with the bat throughout a season in the toughest T20 league. Over the years, some of the biggest names in the sport have worn the prestigious Orange Cap. Let us take a peek into the history books to find out the Orange Cap winners of the Indian T20 League.

Past Winners of the Indian T20 League Orange Cap

    • Season
    • Winner
    • Innings
    • Runs
    • Highest Score
    • Average
    • Strike Rate
    • 50s
    • 100s
    • 2020
    • KL Rahul (PUN)
    • 14
    • 670
    • 132*
    • 55.83
    • 129.34
    • 5
    • 1
    • 2019
    • David Warner (HYD)
    • 12
    • 692
    • 100
    • 69.2
    • 143.87
    • 8
    • 1
    • 2018
    • Kane Williamson (HYD)
    • 14
    • 24
    • 18.66
    • 6.69
    • 4/16
    • 3
    • 0
    • 2017
    • David Warner (HYD)
    • 14
    • 26
    • 14.19
    • 7.05
    • 5/19
    • 0
    • 1
    • Season
    • 2020
    • 2019
    • 2018
    • 2017
    • Winner
    • KL Rahul (PUN)
    • David Warner (HYD)
    • Kane Williamson (HYD)
    • David Warner (HYD)
    • Innings
    • 14
    • 12
    • 17
    • 14
    • Runs
    • 670
    • 692
    • 735
    • 641
    • Highest
      Score
    • 132*
    • 100
    • 84
    • 126
    • Average
    • 55.83
    • 69.2
    • 52.5
    • 58.27
    • Strike Rate
    • 129.34
    • 143.87
    • 142.44
    • 141.81
    • 50s
    • 5
    • 8
    • 8
    • 4
    • 100s
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 1

A batter may win his team a few games but a bowler can win the tournament for his side. Winning the Purple Cap holds a testimony to the consistent wicket taking ability throughout a season in the toughest T20 league. Over the years, many champion bowlers have worn the prestigious Purple Cap.

Pragyan Ohja and Imran Tahir are the only spinners to win this prestigious award over the 13-years history of the league. Let us look into the history books to find out the Purple Cap winners of the Indian T20 League.

Past Winners of the Indian T20 League Purple Cap

    • Season
    • Winner
    • Matches
    • Wickets
    • Average
    • Economy
    • Best Figures
    • 4W
    • 5W
    • 2020
    • Kagiso Rabada (DEL)
    • 17
    • 30
    • 18.26
    • 8.34
    • 4/24
    • 2
    • 0
    • 2019
    • Imran Tahir (CHN)
    • 17
    • 26
    • 16.57
    • 6.69
    • 4/12
    • 2
    • 0
    • 2018
    • Andrew Tye (PUN)
    • 14
    • 24
    • 18.66
    • 6.69
    • 4/16
    • 3
    • 0
    • 2017
    • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
      (HYD)
    • 14
    • 26
    • 14.19
    • 7.05
    • 5/19
    • 0
    • 1
    • Season
    • 2020
    • 2019
    • 2018
    • 2017
    • Winner
    • Kagiso Rabada (DEL)
    • Imran Tahir (CHN)
    • Andrew Tye (PUN)
    • Bhuvneshwar Kumar(HYD)
    • Matches
    • 17
    • 17
    • 14
    • 14
    • Wickets
    • 30
    • 26
    • 24
    • 26
    • Average
    • 2020
    • 2019
    • 2018
    • 2017
    • Economy
    • 18.26
    • 16.57
    • 18.66
    • 14.19
    • Best Figures
    • 8.34
    • 6.69
    • 8
    • 7.05
    • 4W
    • 2
    • 2
    • 3
    • 0
    • 5W
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • 1

Teams Participating in the Indian T20 League 2021

There are a total of 8 teams, representing different cities or regions of India, that compete against each other in the tournament. The teams are owned by popular Bollywood celebrities, industrialists and other big names of the business world.

FAQs: Indian T20 League

When is the Indian T20 League 2021 resuming?

The Indian T20 League 2021 will resume on 19th of September, and the final is scheduled for 15th of October.

Why was the Indian T20 League 2021 suspended/cancelled?

The Indian T20 League was suspended because of breach of the bio-bubble and many players were reported to be affected by Covid-19. Keeping in view the safety of all personnel, the tournament was suspended after 29 matches.

How to watch the Indian T20 League 2021 matches?

You can watch the live telecast of all the Indian T20 League 2021 matches on Star Sports channels on TV and on Hotstar App on your laptop/mobile phones.

Who is likely to win the Indian T20 League 2021?

3 teams - Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore are in a pretty strong position at the midway stage of the tournament. They occupy the first 3 places and look good to qualify for the playoffs. Currently, the probability of winning the trophy is the most for these teams.

How many players from each category can I select for my team?

You can select from 4 categories of players - wicket keepers, batters, all-rounders and bowlers - as follows:

    • Category
    • Wicketkeeper
    • Batters
    • All-Rounders
    • Bowlers
    • Minimum
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • Maximum
    • 3
    • 6
    • 3
    • 6

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