In this article, we’ll talk about the 5 biggest IPL Rivalries in the history of this tournament. IPL is the biggest T20 league in the world. Coming into the 13th edition of the league, we look at some of the best teams that have locked horns on multiple occasions. The franchises in IPL represent the biggest cities in India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Jaipur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, etc.
Every team has a huge and loyal fanbase that floods out in the stadium to support their club. There are many important fixtures in IPL that are immensely popular. A few of these fixtures are famous for sporting reasons while others go beyond cricket.
So far, 12 seasons of IPL have been successfully concluded. There have been 6 winning teams – Mumbai Indians (4), Chennai Super Kings (3), Kolkata Knight Riders (2), Rajasthan Royals (1), Deccan Chargers (1), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (1).
There have been tons of memorable fixtures between these teams. The 8 franchises are ready to battle it out for the upcoming IPL 2020. You can check out our IPL Head to Head records for more detailed stats.
5 biggest IPL Rivalries in the history of the Tournament
5. Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals
Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals do not have the biggest IPL rivalries stats-wise in the IPL. The rivalry is more popular as it is a debate between Mumbai vs Delhi. The two biggest cities in India have a long-lasting battle going between them to be the best city in the country. Fans are absolutely crazy about this fixture, it goes beyond Cricket. The rivalry is called “the battle of heavyweights”.
While the Mumbai side has won the title 4 times, Delhi Capitals have not gotten their hands on the coveted prize yet. Delhi Capitals (formerly, Delhi Daredevils) were one the strongest sides during the early seasons of IPL.
The two have met a total of 24 times and have won 12 games each. There is no clear winner amongst the two yet. Hopefully, there will be a few thrilling encounters between the two teams. The two teams have never faced off in the play-offs.
Going into IPL 2020, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians look like two of the strongest teams. It will be interesting to see if the Delhi side finally gets a title or Mumbai Indians add 5th IPL trophy to their name.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of MI leads the run chart in this rivalry with 516 runs. He has played 16 matches against DC and scored at an average of 36.86. Malinga of Mumbai Indian is the leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets in 12 games.
4. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
One of the most fierce IPL Rivalries, KKR vs RCB has got it all. The two teams have been contesting in the tournament since the first edition of the Indian Premier League. The rivalry started in fashion as KKR hosted RCB in the first-ever game of the IPL. McCullum played one of the best knocks in the history of T20 cricket. He scored 158 runs in explosive fashion. RCB looked quite miserable that season as they finished at 7th position.
KKR have two titles to their name while RCB is still hunting for their first-ever IPL trophy. The rivalry took a new road when the KKR flop Chris Gayle joined RCB to emerge as a beast of a player. The Windies power-hitter was the most feared batsman for many seasons from 2011 onwards. He has played a lot of memorable knocks for RCB, at times, coming back to haunt the Kolkata side.
The two teams have met a total of 25 times. KKR have won 15 games while RCB has managed 10 victories. The two franchises have featured some of the biggest Cricketing stars such as Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir and AB de Villers. The rivalry took an ugly turn when the captains and biggest names of teams, Gambhir and Kohli had a heated moment during IPL 2013.
Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the rivalry with 674 runs. He has maintained an average of 36.47 runs per game in 22 innings. Sunil Narine of KKR is the leading wicket-taker with 16 dismissals in 14 games. RCB will be hoping to finally win the trophy while KKR will go looking for their third title.
3. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indian and Kolkata Knight Riders are two of the biggest teams in the history of IPL. The two franchises have played the tournament since the first edition. The rivalry hit the peak during IPL 2012 to IPL 2015. During these four seasons, the two teams won the tournament twice in alternate years. Their Rivalry is among the hottest IPL Rivalries till date
Mumbai Indian took the crown off KKR’s head in 2013. The Kolkata side reclaimed the prize in IPL 2014. Mumbai Indians came back stronger as they won the trophy again in 2015. The two franchises share a total of 6 IPL titles among them. MI has won the trophy 4 times, twice more than KKR’s 2 titles.
Last season, the two teams played one of the best matches ever in the history of twenty-twenty cricket. KKR played a brilliant inning, thanks to Russell’s 80 off 40 balls knock. KKR scored a huge 232 runs for two wickets.
Russell hit 8 bix sixes and six 4s in the game. While chasing the almost impossible target, Hardik Pandy played one of his best innings. He scored 91 runs in just 34 balls, though KKR won the game.
The two teams have met a total of 25 times. Mumbai Indians have won 19 games while Knight Riders have won just 6 games. KKR has one of the worst records against MI. Nevertheless, any tie between the two giants attracts lots of spectators globally.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of Mumbai Indians is the leading run-scorer in this rivalry with 708 runs. Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders leads the wicket charts with 21 dismissals. Sunil just edges past Maling (MI) who has taken 20 wickets. The two teams are big favorites to be the champions of IPL 2020.
2. Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
At number 2 on our list is the long-lasting rivalry between two giants of Southern India. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings are two of the most explosive sides in the history of IPL. While CSK is labeled as one of the luckiest sides, RCB is the unluckiest side. The two franchises represent two of the biggest cities in South India.
Besides the thrilling cricketing encounter, this rivalry is further fueled up due to the political difference of the two states that Banaglurur and Chennai represent. The fans call this rivalry the “Ashes of South”.
Though there have not been too many exciting games between the two teams, the atmosphere in the stadiums is next level. The franchises are led by two of the biggest stars in cricket history, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
The two teams have met a total of 24 times. CSK has won 16 times which is more than twice the number of games RCB has won (6). One of the fixtures between the two teams has ended without any results.
The CSK vs RCB rivalry has featured some of the biggest stars of T20 cricket such as AB de Villers, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Chris Gayle etc. Virat Kohli, the captain of RCB leads the run chart in this rivalry with 761 runs in 24 innings. Albie Morkel is the leading wicket-taker with 16 wickets.
1. Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are two of the biggest teams in IPL. The two franchises share a total of 7 titles. Both franchises will be looking forward to making it 8 out of 13. Mumbai Indians have won the tournament 4 times while Super Kings are just behind with 3 titles. These two teams have the biggest IPL Rivalries in the history of this tournament
Mumbai Indians did not enjoy the best of the campaigns in the early editions of IPL. Ever since Rohit Sharma led the team as the captain, they’ve been a dominant force. MI is also one of the few teams to get the better of CSK overall.
The two teams have met a total of 30 times in IPL. No two other teams have played so many games head to head. MI has 18 wins against CSK who has won only 12 of their games versus the Mumbai side. The teams have met at all stages including league rounds, qualifiers, knockouts and even finals.
This rivalry is popularly referred to as the El Clasico of IPL. El Clasico (The Classic) is the name given to a meeting between the two biggest football clubs, Real Madrid FC and FC Barcelona. Likewise, the two teams have attracted the biggest players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni etc.
Suresh Raina of Chennai Super Kings has scored the most runs (722) in history of MI vs CSK. Lasith Malinga of Mumbai Indians is the leading wicket-taker (36). The last time these two teams met in the IPL 2019 final that MI won in nail-biting fashion. The two teams are scheduled to lock horns on match-day 1st for IPL 2020.