The Karnataka Premier League

The Karnataka Premier League, also known as the KPL, is a twenty over cricket Indian cricket league that was created by the KSCA(Karnataka State Cricket Association). It is a two week (give or take) competition between seven or eight teams that usually starts sometime at the end of August or the beginning of September. If you are intrigued to find out more, please keep on reading.

When Did the Karnataka Premier League First Take Place?

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The very first KPL tournament took place during the 2009-10 cricket season. Before the tournament began, an auction took place so that companies could bid to sponsor the eight teams that were going to participate. Over 35 crores, which is the equivalent to just over $5 million, were spent at this auction, with 7.2 crores ($1 million) spent on Bengaluru alone. Below you will find a bunch of interesting stats about this tournament! On the 10th September 2014, Hubli Tigers scored 245 runs from their twenty overs. This is, to this day, still the highest score ever scored in the KPL. They went on to win the match by 136 runs, which is the biggest victory to date. On the 19th of September, 2017, MysuruW. were bowled out in 11.1 overs for just 52 runs. This is the lowest score ever hit in this competition. On the 27th September 2010, the Brigadiers were bowled out for 89 runs in just 12 overs. Out of their 89 runs, 29 of them were extras, which is the record number of extras conceded by a team in this tournament. On the 23rd August 2019, Krishnappa Gowthamscored 134*, which is the highest score that has been scored in this competition. He also has 73 wickets, making him the leading wicket-taker in the history of the tournament. If this wasn’t enough, he also holds the record for the best bowling figures. He achieved this on the 23rd August 2019, when he took 8 wickets for just 15 runs. On the 13th September 2015, Dhruv Sharma conceded 66 runs from his four overs. This is the most runs conceded in one game by any bowler in the history of the league.

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What Teams Will You See Playing in the Karnataka Premier League

Seven or eight teams compete in this league, but just like with the Indian Premier League(IPL), it has not always been the same teams. The table below will show you what teams currently compete in this tournament.

Franchise Zone Owners
Ballari Tuskers Ballari Arvind Reddy
Belagavi Panthers Belagavi Gaames Merchandise PVT LTD
Bengaluru Blasters Bengaluru Kalyani Motors
Bijapur Bulls Bijapur Vivid Kreations
Hubli Tigers Hubballi Sushil Jindal and Abhishek Jindal
Mysuru Warriors Mysuru NR Group
Shivamogga Lions Shivamogga R. Kumar

In the table below you will see the teams that have competed in this tournament.

Team First Appearance Last Appearance Owner
Bangalore Brigadiers 2009-10 2010-11 Brigade Enterprises
Magalore United 2009-10 2016-17 Fiza Developers
Provident Bangalore 2009-10 2010-11 Melmont Constructions
Rockstars 2014-15 2016-17 Karbonn Mobiles
Shamanur Davangere Diamonds 2009-10 2010-11 Shamanuru Shivashankarappa

What is the Format of the KPL?

From the 2009-10 edition right up until the 2018-19 one, the format was exactly the same. All the teams were placed into one group and played all the other teams once. The top four teams qualified for the semi-finals, with the team that finished first playing the team that finished fourth, and the team that finished second playing the team that finished third. The winners of these two matches then met in the final to fight for the title. The organisers changed the format for the 2019-20 edition. The teams that finished first and second played each other, with the winner going straight through to the final. The two teams that came third and fourth played each other, with the victorious team playing the team that lost in the first game. The winner of this match will then play the winner of the first match to see who will be crowned champions.

Acquiring Players

Like with the Indian Premier League, an auction is held so that owners can buy players for their team. Each team must have a minimum of fifteen players and a maximum of eighteen. They are also required to pick at least two players from their catchment area.

What Teams Have Held the Cup?

This tournament has been held eight times (there was no competition in 2011, 2012, and 2013). The table below will reveal what teams have won it, the margin of victory, and the runners-up.

Season Winners Runners-up Margin of Victory
2009-10 Provident Bangalore Belagavi Panthers 5 wickets
2010-11 Mangalore United Provident Bangalore 44 runs
2014-15 Mysore Warriors Belagavi Panthers 6 wickets
2015-16 Bijapur Bulls Hubli Tigers 7 wickets
2016-17 Bellari Tuskers Hubli Tigers 35 runs
2017-18 Belagavi Panthers Bijapur Bulls 6 wickets
2018-19 Bijapur Bulls Bengaluru Blasters 7 wickets
2019-20 Hubli Tigers Bellari Tuskers 8 runs

The Bijapur Bulls are the most successful team as they are the only side that has managed to win the tournament more than once.

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