This has been another busy Indian Premier League (IPL) where eight teams zigzagged across the country to play 56 matches in 40 days nonstop before four chosen ones moved to the play-offs. Behind the daily dose of entertainment however was some serious travelling undertaken by teams. Before the final at Hyderabad, HT looks at how far teams had travelled to vie for the last IPL trophy and compare it with some interesting numbers.
Mumbai Indians: 11,420 km
Considering the fact that they set up base in Mumbai before embarking on the IPL, here’s looking at the pit stops of Mumbai Indians’ journey so far: Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai-Bangalore-Mumbai-Indore-Mumbai-Rajkot-Mumbai-Delhi-Hyderabad-Mumbai-Kolkata-Mumbai-Bangalore-Hyderabad.
Fact: Mumbai Indians have covered more distance than the Guinness record for the longest journey without changing trains (from Moscow, Russia to Pyongyang, North Korea) --- around 10, 214 km.
Rising Pune Supergiant: 9,700 km
Rising Pune Supergiant had the luxury of being close to venues like Mumbai, Rajkot, Indore, Hyderabad and even Bangalore. Their pit stops were: Pune-Indore-Pune-Rajkot-Bangalore-Pune-Mumbai-Pune-Kolkata-Hyderabad-Delhi-Pune-Mumbai-Hyderabad.
Fact: Rising Pune Supergiant players have covered more distance than anybody who has completed the Dakar Rally 2017 --- a 12-stage race from Asuncion, Paraguay to Buenos Aires covering around 8,782 km.
Delhi Daredevils: 9,655km
Not having to play Kings XI Punjab at Indore and Gujarat Lions at Rajkot meant Delhi Daredevils travelled the least among all teams. Their pit stops were: Delhi-Bangalore-Pune-Delhi-Hyderabad-Mumbai-Kolkata-Chandigarh-Delhi-Kanpur-Delhi.
Fact: Delhi Daredevils still covered more distance than Germany did in the World Cup quest in Brazil in 2014. Germany’s pit stops were: Santa Cruz Cabralia-Salvador-Fortaleza-Recife-Porto Alegre-Rio de Janeiro-Belo Horizonte-Rio de Janeiro --- a total distance of approximately 8011 km.
Gujarat Lions: 11,441 km
Never playing consecutive home games till they finally travelled to Kanpur meant Gujarat Lions, despite being form west zone, had a fair bit of travelling to do. Their pit stops were Rajkot-Hyderabad-Rajkot-Mumbai-Rajkot-Kolkata-Rajkot-Bangalore-Rajkot-Pune-Delhi-Chandigarh-Kanpur.
Fact: Cross the Atlantic twice for a round trip between New York and London (approximately 5,585 km) and still Gujarat Lions have covered more distance.
Kings XI Punjab: 11,936 km
Playing at a second home in Indore meant that extra bit of travelling and losing out on the comfort of hopping over from Chandigarh to Delhi for the away game against Delhi Daredevils. Their pit stops were: Indore-Kolkata-Delhi-Hyderabad-Indore-Rajkot-Chandigarh-Bangalore-Chandigarh-Mumbai-Pune.
Fact: Kings XI Punjab captain Glen Maxwell has travelled more than three times the distance (around 3,674 km) he covered as part of the Australia squad during their recent tour of India spanning five cities in almost the same duration.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 11,383 km
They finished last on the points table but Royal Challengers Bangalore still travelled at least 1,500 km more than finalists Rising Pune Supergiant. Their pit stops were: Bangalore-Hyderabad-Bangalore-Indore-Bangalore-Rajkot-Kolkata-Bangalore-Pune-Mumbai-Bangalore-Delhi.
Fact: Put together the distance (approximate distance of 5,234 km) covered by two 24 Hours of Le Mans races, the world’s oldest endure car racing event, and still RCB have travelled more.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 13,178 km
Sunrisers Hyderabad got the extra miles for playing at both Chandigarh and Kanpur in the league stage and of course at Bangalore for the added Eliminator. Their pit stops were: Hyderabad-Mumbai-Kolkata-Hyderabad-Pune-Bangalore-Chandigarh-Hyderabad-Delhi-Hyderabad-Kanpur-Bangalore.
Fact: Distance covered by Sunrisers Hyderabad is almost twice the length of the Nile (6,650km), the longest river in the world.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 18,530 km
The travel has been hardest on them solely because they were the only team from the east, automatically increasing the distance travelled manifold. Their pit stops were: Kolkata-Rajkot-Mumbai-Kolkata-Delhi-Kolkata-Pune-Kolkata-Hyderabad-Kolkata-Bangalore-Chandigarh-Kolkata-Bangalore.
Fact: KKR have travelled 5,000 km more than the longest non-stop flight in the world --- the Qatar Airways flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Doha, Qatar at 14,534 km.