Top 10 Most Iconic IPL Moments of All Time

Here are the best moments in IPL history


The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a rollercoaster ride of thrilling cricket, fierce rivalries, and unforgettable moments. As we delve into its rich history, let’s relive some of the most iconic moments that have etched themselves into the hearts of fans worldwide.

1. Anil Kumble’s 5 Wickets for 5 Runs

Top 10 Most Iconic IPL Moments of All Time

In a low-scoring encounter, Anil Kumble, the legendary leg spinner, turned the tide for Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Rajasthan Royals. With a mesmerizing spell, he single-handedly dismantled the Royals’ batting lineup, finishing with an astonishing five wickets for just five runs. Despite his heroics, Rahul Dravid’s brilliant knock overshadowed Kumble’s feat, but this performance remains etched in IPL history.


2. Rajasthan Royals Chase Down 217 Runs

Top 10 Most Iconic IPL Moments of All Time

During the inaugural IPL season, the Rajasthan Royals, considered underdogs, faced the Deccan Chargers. The Chargers posted a daunting total of 214/5. Chasing such a massive score is no mean feat, but the Royals meticulously constructed their innings. Graeme Smith and Yusuf Pathan’s partnership, along with a cameo from Mohammad Kaif, set the stage. However, it was the legendary Shane Warne who sealed the deal, smashing 22 runs off 9 balls to guide the Royals to an improbable victory. This win boosted their confidence and put them in contention for the title.

3. Kieron Pollard’s Forgettable ‘Hat-Trick’

Top 10 Most Iconic IPL Moments of All Time

Kieron Pollard, known for his fielding prowess, found himself in an unusual situation. In a match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Pollard took three consecutive wickets, but not in the traditional sense. His “hat-trick” consisted of three dropped catches off his bowling. While it wasn’t a conventional hat-trick, it left fans amused and bewildered, making it a memorable IPL moment.

4. Adam Gilchrist’s Wicketkeeping Masterclass

Top 10 Most Iconic IPL Moments of All Time

Adam Gilchrist, the swashbuckling Australian wicketkeeper-batsman, pulled off a stunning piece of wicketkeeping magic. Standing up to the stumps, he anticipated a wide delivery from Pragyan Ojha. As the ball spun sharply, Gilchrist whipped off the bails in a flash, dismissing the batsman. His lightning-quick reflexes left everyone in awe and showcased the importance of wicketkeeping in T20 cricket.

5. Chris Lynn’s Gravity-Defying Catch

Top 10 Most Iconic IPL Moments of All Time

Fielding at the boundary, Chris Lynn defied gravity with an acrobatic catch. The ball seemed destined for a six, but Lynn leaped, stretched his body, and plucked it out of thin air. His athleticism and timing left spectators gasping, and the catch became an instant highlight reel moment.

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6. AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli’s 229-Run Partnership

Top 10 Most Iconic IPL Moments of All Time

In a clash against the Gujarat Lions, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli unleashed a batting masterclass. Their jaw-dropping partnership of 229 runs left fans in awe. Boundaries flowed effortlessly, records tumbled, and the Chinnaswamy Stadium erupted as these two modern-day legends put on a show for the ages.

7. Brendon McCullum’s Explosive 158 in the First IPL Match

Top 10 Most Iconic IPL Moments of All Time

The inaugural IPL match witnessed Brendon McCullum’s fireworks. Opening for the Kolkata Knight Riders, he bludgeoned the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers to all corners, scoring an explosive 158 runs off 73 balls. His onslaught set the tone for the IPL’s entertainment-packed journey.

8. The Very First IPL Final

Top 10 Most Iconic IPL Moments of All Time

The grand finale of the inaugural IPL season saw the Rajasthan Royals take on the Chennai Super Kings. Underdogs Rajasthan, led by Shane Warne, triumphed in a nail-biting encounter. Yusuf Pathan’s blitzkrieg and Sohail Tanvir’s lethal bowling sealed the Royals’ victory, making it a historic and unforgettable moment in IPL history.

9. Lasith Malinga’s Last-Ball Yorker

Top 10 Most Iconic IPL Moments of All Time

In a high-pressure situation, Lasith Malinga delivered a pinpoint yorker to dismiss the Delhi Daredevils’ batsman. The match ended in a tie, and the Super Over drama unfolded. Malinga’s nerve-wracking final delivery secured victory for the Mumbai Indians, etching his name in IPL folklore.

10. MS Dhoni’s Helicopter Shot

Top 10 Most Iconic IPL Moments of All Time

Captain Cool, MS Dhoni, popularized the “helicopter shot.” With a flick of his wrists, he sent the ball soaring over the boundary.


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