IPL 2017: The tenth edition of the Indian Premier League will come to an end after the final between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant at Hyderabad on Sunday evening. Eight teams fought hard for the prestigious trophy over a span of almost two months and with representation coming from almost all parts of the country, the teams had some serious travelling to do. As per a report by The Indian Express, Kolkata Knight Riders travelled the most during the tournament while Delhi had to travel the least. Here’s a look at how much distance each side covered during the tournament:
1. Kolkata Knight Riders: 18,530 km
Coming from an astern part of the country, KKR had to travel to almost each corner of the country and had its fair share of travelling. It covered almost double the distance than Delhi Daredevils. KKR’s journey was brought to end by Mumbai Indians in the 2nd qualifier.
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2. Sunrisers Hyderabad: 13,178 km
The distance covered by defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad is half the length of the longest river in the world, Nile. Despite that, the team failed to make it to the final at its home ground.
3. Kings XI Punjab: 11,936 km
All is not well with Kings XI Punjab as the team not only failed to make it to the playoffs but the captain, Glenn Maxwell was also criticised by Virender Sehwag later. However, the side travelled close to 12,000 kms during the tournament.
4. Gujarat Lions: 11, 441 km
You would be surprised to know that Gujarat Lions travelled twice the distance covered when you travel from New York to London across the Atlantic, according to The Indian Express. However, Suresh Raina would have hoped for better performance from his players as well.
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5. Mumbai Indians: 11,420 km
Mumbai Indians not only topped the points table this season but also covered a good amount of distance. The team travelled over 11,000 kms during the tournament and reached its final spot Hyderabad where it will play against RPS.
6. Royal Challengers Bangalore: 11,383 km
Virat Kohli-led might have had a disastrous season but even they had to travel more than a racer does in two Le Mans races which is the oldest endurance race in the world and lasts for almost 24 hours. Maybe the tiredness got the better of Virat Kohli’s side.
7. Rising Pune Supergiant: 9700 km
The road to final wasn’t easy for the Rising Pune Supergiant, both on and off-field. In its journey to the final, Steve Smith led side travelled almost 10,000 kms and will play the final against the Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad.
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8. Delhi Daredevils: 9655 km
Delhi had a promising season under the leadership of veteran Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan but travelled least among the IPL sides. However, as per the report, even this was more than the distance covered by Germany for their 2014 World Cup winning campaign in Brazil.