The first season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was held in 2008 and featured eight teams representing various cities in India. The teams were the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Deccan Chargers (now defunct).
The tournament was played in a round-robin format, with each team playing seven matches at home and seven away. The top four teams at the end of the league stage advanced to the playoffs. Rajasthan Royals emerged as the winners of the first season, defeating the Chennai Super Kings in the final by three wickets.
The first season of IPL was a huge success, drawing large crowds and high TV ratings. The league introduced new rules, such as the strategic time-out, where teams could take a break in the middle of the innings to discuss tactics. It also introduced the concept of team owners, with each franchise being owned by a business entity or a celebrity.
The first season featured some memorable performances from players such as Shane Watson, Yusuf Pathan, and Suresh Raina. Rajasthan Royals’ captain Shane Warne was also instrumental in leading his team to victory, with his tactical nous and brilliant bowling performances.
Overall, the first season of IPL set the tone for what would become one of the biggest T20 cricket tournaments in the world. It introduced new rules, new teams, and a new format of cricket that would go on to capture the imagination of cricket fans around the world.