Cricket has always been a game of chance. Usually there is not much difference between the winning and the losing team, especially when it comes to the Indian Premier League (IPL). If not in capital letters, the game has some important moments that could affect the outcome in the shot of the opposition.
Although each team is declared the winner each season, one team must also bear the burden of being last on the table.
Here are the annual IPL teams that last stood on the points ladder: –
2008- Deccan Chargers
Deccan Chargers (DC) got some of the rich players during the 2008 edition. Their batting list boasted of stalwarts Andrew Symonds, VVS Laxman, Adam Gilchrist, and Herschelle Gibbs.
The bowling arsenal has Chaminda Vaas, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha and Shahid Afridi. However, the team was only able to secure two wins in their fourteen match series when they defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
They finish with only four points and occupy the last position in the leaderboard, just a place below Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
2009- Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) the second season was in complications while giving the captaincy to New Zealand batsman Brendon Mccullum, who was a relatively inexperienced skipper because he did not take over the duties for his national team.
Knight Riders, which had many international players, suffered a setback as the new rules only allowed four overseas cricketers instead of five.
The team lost a clinical nine-game match, which only ended when they defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Pretoria.
Overall, KKR was only able to win three out of fourteen matches and finished at the bottom of the points ladder.
2010- Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings (PBKS) – formerly known as Kings XI Punjab- lost seven of their first eight matches in the IPL 2010.
These were just impressive performances from Sri Lankan fittings Mahela Jayawardene and Indian versatile player Irfan Pathan which helped them win four battles from fourteen encounters.
At the bottom of the points ladder, the only break they had was to win Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a super past.
2011- Delhi Daredevils
IPL 2011 added two new teams to the group- Kochi Tuskers and Pune Warriors India (PWI). Despite a brilliant effort by their captain Virender Sehwag, Delhi Daredevils (DD) finished at the bottom of the standings with 9 points as they won only 4 of their fourteen matches.
PWI also had a horrible tournament and scored only 9 points, but avoided the last position by determining DD with their net run rate.
Cricket analysts believe that DD’s bowling cannot provide the essential support needed to win matches.
2012- Pune Warriors India
The IPL 2012 season has brought a lot of controversy Pune Warriors India (PWI). First, the franchise owned by Subrata Roy was in a mess with the India Cricket Management Board (BCCI) with respect to the IPL fees. Therefore, they decided to boycott the auctions.
Second, they were able to win only four of their sixteen meetings with their captain Sourav Ganguly is fired halfway due to a series of low scores.
So PWI ends that year at the bottom of the points ladder.
2013- Delhi Daredevils
Delhi Daredevils (DD) experienced a tremendous time in IPL 2013 when they lost their first six encounters. Despite their captain’s constructive performances Virender Sehwag and Australia opener David warner, DD batsmen had a hard time holding on to the fold.
In one match they were even overtaken for 80 runs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
The franchise from Delhi ends up at the bottom of the points ladder again, as they only win three out of their sixteen matches.
2014- Delhi Daredevils
Delhi Daredevils (DD) had a consecutive poor IPL performance in the 2014 season when they lost twelve of their fourteen games.
The tournament started in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where DD won two out of five matches and after that could not even pack a lone victory from the remaining matches in India.
The only dazzling grace for the franchise in Delhi that season was their captain JP Duminy who scored a total of 410 runs with an average of 51.25.
2015- Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab, led by their skipper George Bailey experienced one of the most humiliating seasons as they could only win three of their fourteen league games and finished at the bottom of the points table.
The franchise in Punjab was nowhere near the second to last team as they differed by five points.
Their star player Glenn Maxwell could not handle the pressure of expectations as he scored only 145 runs from 11 matches.
2016- Kings XI Punjab
The next IPL season was also full of hopelessness Kings XI Punjab. The year also saw their ship struggle against the currents South Africa’s David Miller and former Indian opener Murali Vijay was the captain of the team in the two halves of the league matches.
The franchise in Punjab ended up a spot down Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) with only a difference of one victory in their score.
Vijay was the top scorer for his team with 453 runs, while the Indian match Sandeep Sharma shortened 15 wickets to finish as the highest wicketkeeper for the team.
2017- Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had a disastrous time participating in the IPL 2017. Their efforts at the auction went in vain as they bought it Tymal Mills for 12 crores who could not leave an impact on his team.
Then their captain Virat Kohli and in-form batsman AB de Villiers Due to injuries the initial matches could not be played, and the Aussie versatile player Shane Watson had to lead the team.
They do not have a positive attitude in the 10th edition of the IPL, as they regularly changed their game XI to finish just at the bottom of the points ladder and win only three of their fourteen matches.
2018- Delhi Daredevils
Delhi Daredevils (DD) got beaten as their head coach before the start of the tournament Rahul Dravid had to resign for his position as coach of India A. and India U-19.
After his departure, the elder Australia skipper Ricky Ponting was appointed to take over his post but could not do any talismanic work as the franchise in Delhi ends at the bottom of the points ladder.
The only silver lining in the cloud for the Delhi team was the rise of a young gun. Rishabh pants who smashed 684 runs at an average of 52.61.
In December 2018, Delhi Daredevils (DD) also changed its name to Delhi Capital (DC).
2019- Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had another awful time in IPL 2019 as all eyes are on their skipper Virat Kohli what the team India in the 50 over World Cup in England.
RCB fans expected their first tournament as it would have helped Virat Kohli proves his worth as captain.
But to their dismay, the franchise in Bangalore won only five of their fourteen matches and placed at the bottom of the standings, a place below Rajasthan Royals (RR) with the same points (11).
2020- Rajasthan Royals
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, IPL 2020 was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Rajasthan Royals (RR) The campaign could not start because they won the first two matches but could not continue the momentum.
They skipper Steve Smith could not bear the responsibility to be the team but also to manage his batting as he piled up only 311 runs in the fourteen games.
Despite a poor performance, the RR bowler Jofra Archer was named the most valuable player of the season.