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The Indian Premier League (IPL), officially Vivo Indian Premier League for sponsorship reasons, is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India contested during April and May of every year by teams representing Indian cities and some states. The league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008, and is regarded as the brainchild of Lalit Modi, the founder and former commissioner of the league. IPL has an exclusive window in ICC Future Tours Programme.

The IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world and in 2014 ranked sixth by average attendance among all sports leagues. In 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event in the world to be broadcast live on YouTube. The brand value of IPL in 2018 was US$6.3 billion, according to Duff & Phelps. According to BCCI, the 2015 IPL season contributed ₹11.5 billion (US$182 million) to the GDP of the Indian economy.

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Fake IPL Player is a blog that started on April 18, 2009, the same time as the second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament. Originally, the blogger wrote anonymously, claiming to be a member of the IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The blog was controversial from the start, giving unflattering nicknames to players, coaches, and owners of KKR and other teams, telling sordid stories, and showing most of them in a very negative light. As the blog rapidly became popular, it was believed to be of a fringe KKR player who was upset at not being part of the core team. The blog worsened an already bad season for KKR, which lost most of their games, had controversies surrounding their coach, John Buchanan, and frequently changed captains, including Sourav Ganguly. The 2009 IPL season took place in South Africa, and two KKR players, Aakash Chopra and Sanjay Bangar, were sent home to India midway through the tournament. This fueled speculation that they were suspected of being the person behind the blog. The team was also rumored to have banned use of laptops by players. The management of the team termed the blog as "poison pen writing of the dirtiest variety", while denying it could have been written by an actual player. The blogger posted a disclaimer saying "All characters appearing in this work (blog) are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and unintentional."

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Murali Kartik (Tamil: முரளி கார்த்திக், About this soundpronunciation , born 11 September 1976) is a former Indian cricketer who sporadically represented the India national cricket team from 2000 to 2007. He is a specialist slow left arm orthodox bowler known for his loopy trajectory and ability to spin and bounce, but has found international selection blocked during his prime years by the presence of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. He is also a left-handed batsman, and although he has had some success with the bat at first-class level with 19 half-centuries, he has not been able to repeat this at international level.

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IPL trading cards
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IPL (Indian Premier League) Cricket trading cards , obverse and reverse. Card of Robin Uthappa facing up

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Anil Kumble took the most economical five-wicket haul in the IPL

In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five-for" or "fifer") refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India, which has been held annually since its first season in 2008. In the nine seasons played, fifteen five-wicket hauls have been taken by different bowlers. Players from nine of the thirteen teams have taken five-wicket hauls; Pune Warriors India, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, are the only franchises for which a player has not taken a five-wicket haul.

The first five-wicket haul was taken by Sohail Tanvir of the Rajasthan Royals against the Chennai Super Kings on 4 May 2008. Tanvir took six wickets for fourteen runs, the best bowling figures in an innings by a player in the competition and the first six-wicket haul. The most recent five-wicket haul was taken by Jaydev Unadkat of the Rising Pune Supergiant against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad on 6 May 2017. The most economical five-wicket haul was taken by Anil Kumble of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who claimed five wickets with an economy rate of 1.57 and an bowling average of 1.00 in the 2009 season, and won the "best breakthrough performance" award for it. Jaydev Unadkat of the Rising Pune Supergiant took the worst five-wicket haul, 5/30 bowling with an economy rate of 7.50.

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