IPL Teams and their international equivalents
From RCB, MI to CSK, these 8 IPL teams have their perfect equivalents from international cricket.
Updated - Feb 28, 2020 10:53 am
For the last 12 years, six or seven weeks across March, April and May are booked for the Indian Premier League (IPL). It’s a festival that eight teams celebrate and eventually, fight for one elusive title. Players from around the globe participate and have rated the Indian T20 league very highly. In fact, there are a lot of players who desperately want to be a part of the IPL as well.
Year after year, it’s just got bigger and better. A minimum of eight teams have been there every season. There have been a few seasons where there were more teams. In fact, totally, as many as 13 teams have been a part of the IPL and only eight of them are active. Each of those eight active teams have played more than 100 IPL games.
Hence, we can assess the teams pretty well. Moreover, in a slightly different activity, we could compare them to the international teams and form each IPL side’s international equivalent.
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – South Africa
There is absolutely no doubt as to who Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) international equivalent would be. The Virat Kohli-led side is one who largely flatters to deceive and have fallen short at the big stages. They’ve tended to crumble under pressure and have failed to win a single IPL title so far, just like South Africa who don’t have anything in their ICC trophy cabinet to show.
RCB have played 181 games in the history of the IPL which is the second-most by any IPL side across 12 seasons. However, they have a win percentage of just 47.45%. They’ve won 83 games and lost 92 (two ties) while four of them were washed out.
They’ve reached the playoffs only five times out of the 12 seasons and have reached the final thrice (2009, 2011, 2016). But they’ve fallen short each time. Despite having some of the biggest stars in T20 cricket, RCB haven’t lived up to expectation and could well be termed as the perennial underachievers in the IPL.