The eyes have it: former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been with us now for the past five years in all its different guises and formats, with there being five different franchises to have won the competition in its six seasons. But which side has been the most successful though in the tournament’s history?
Well that is what we intend to find out right now by using a metric system to rank all the competing teams, with the winners being awarded 10 points, runners-up get five points and semi-finalists get three points.
Meanwhile, there will also be a solitary point given for the side that won the third-place play-off contest, which only took place in the 2010 edition. We have also decided to hand out two bonus points for any franchise that went on to win the Champions League Twenty20, with the runners-up in that spin-off event also receiving one point.
And just to be clear, when the IPL changed its format two years ago to start incorporating a new-look play-off stage, the two sides that failed to make it into the final are to be considered the same as the losing semi-finalists in the 2008-10 versions of the tournament, and so they will also get three points.
And in the event of two franchises being level on points, then they will remain that way unless one of the sides in question has actually won either of the two competitions in question more times than their rival has.
OK, so now that the ranking system has been explained, we can start revealing the top nine most successful teams in the history of the IPL.
Only founded in 2012, the franchise coached by Australian Tom Moody and with new Indian batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan captaining, the side caused a few raised eyebrows when they made it all the way through to the play-off stage last May, only to then lose by four wickets to the Rajasthan Royals.
Darren Lehmann's men were semi-finalists in the competition's debut season back in 2008, only to then be thrashed by eventual runners-up, the Chennai Super Kings, by nine wickets in Mumbai.
The nearly men of the IPL have three losing semi-final appearances to their name in 2008, 2009 and then again in 2012. They have never being able to take that next step by reaching the final for the team currently coached by South African Gary Kirsten and skippered by big-hitting Aussie opener David Warner.
While it's one of the original franchises from 2008, it still took co-owner Shahrukh Khan's outfit three years before they managed to even reach the play-off stage, where they lost to Mumbai.
But the following year, Gautam Gambhir's men more than made up for the pain of that loss by finally getting their hands on the trophy after overcoming the Super Kings in a thrilling final by five wickets at Chennai’s very own M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.
The Deccan Chargers is another team that has been around right from the very beginning—only to then be dissolved last year. They did still manage to be crowned IPL champions on the way when they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by just six runs in the 2009 final at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. (The competition was held in South Africa that year because of security fears in India.)
And Deccan also made it through to the semi-finals again the following year, only to lose to the eventual winners, Chennai.
The Royals have the distinction of being the inaugural winners of the 2008 IPL when Rahul Dravid's men got the better of Chennai in a nail-biting final in Mumbai.
However, it has been pretty much downhill thereafter for Patrick Upton's side until this year, when Rajasthan reached both the semis and were runners-up to the Indians in the Champions League.
If Delhi are the nearly men of the IPL, then Bangalore are the equivalent of the NFL team, the Buffalo Bills, after Vijay Mallya's franchise suffered the pain of losing two domestic finals. They were also defeated in the final of the 2011 Champions League T20 too.
The Royal Challengers, who took part in the original event back in 2008, lost the following year’s final to Deccan. They were then losing semi-finalists in 2010 (although they did gain a smidgen of revenge on the Chargers by beating them in that year's one-off third-place playoff) before losing the 2011 final again, this time to Chennai.
Despite having been one of the original franchises back in 2008, it actually took Mumbai until the third edition of the tournament before they reached the knockout phase, only to then lose to the Super Kings in the final.
A semi-final defeat followed in both of the next two years. They did manage to win the Champions League T20 against Bangalore in 2011 before finally getting their hands on the trophy last May. They gained some revenge in the process by overcoming Chennai at Eden Gardens.
And not only that, but Rohit Sharma's side then capped off a remarkable year—as well as giving retiring legend Sachin Tendulkar a fitting send-off—by overcoming the Royals to claim their second Champions League crown in New Delhi.
It is only right that the Super Kings are ranked as the most successful team in the history of the IPL after the run of form they have displayed in the competition right from its very inception.
Back-to-back winners in 2010 and 2011, the Chennai Super Kings is the only franchise ever to have retained the title. After the first of those two victories, MS Dhoni and Co. then went on to win that year’s Champions League too, while they were also runners-up on three occasions in 2008, 2012 and 2013, and semi-finalists in 2009.