People love sports all over the world. Every individual has indulged himself in sports at a point in their life. India as a country loves to play different kinds of sports. All kinds of sports are encouraged in India. India has different leagues for different kinds of sports. The most popular sport in India is cricket. However, football, kabaddi, and badminton all have their individual leagues in India and they have a huge fan following. India has one of the most well-designed sports infrastructures in the world. Indian worship their favorite sportspersons as their ideals. So here are some of the most famous Indian sports leagues in India.
The Indian Super League(ISL)
The Indian sports Super League is the premier football league in India. AIFF and FSDL are the official organizers of the Indian Super League. The inaugural season of the Indian Super League took place in the year 2013. Since then, its popularity has greatly grown among the football fans of India. A total of 11 teams take part in the Indian Super League. Atletico De Kolkata were the champions of the first season of the Indian super league. Hero is the current title sponsor of the Indian super league. The Indian Super League works in a round-robin format where each team faces the other twice in the season. Each team faces off once at home and away. The Indian Super League consists of overall 22 rounds. The season starts in early October and ends around the 2nd week of March.
At the end of the season, the team with the highest tally of points is crowned to be the Indian Super League champions. Athletico De Kolkata(ATK) is the most successful Indian Super League team with 3 titles behind their name. The ISL is loved by the Indian audience and it’s also getting popular in other countries as well.
Premier Badminton League(PBL)
The Premier Badminton League is the professional league of badminton in India. The inaugural season of the Premier Badminton League took place in the year 2016. Famous badminton athletes such as P.V Sindhu take part in the Premier Badminton League. Total 7 teams take part in the Premier Badminton League. The inaugural season of the Premier Badminton League was won by Delhi Dashers. The players are acquired by the franchises through a process of auction. Each team gets a budget of Rs. 2 crores to buy their players. Rs.77 lakhs is the highest amount that a franchise can spend on a single player.
The tournament takes place in a round robin format. For each win, a team gets 2 points. After the completion of the league stage, the top 4 teams qualify for the semifinals. The winners of each semifinal move to the finals and the winners of finals are crowed to be the Premier Badminton League champions. Bangalore raptors are the most successful Premier Badminton League champions with 2 titles.
Pro Kabaddi League(PKL)
The Pro Kabaddi League is the official kabaddi league of India. Vivo is the current title sponsor of the Pro Kabaddi League. The first season of the Pro Kabaddi League was played in the year 2014. Star sports are the official broadcast partners of the Pro Kabaddi League. Kabaddi has a huge fan following in India as it is the national sport of India. Jaipur Pink Panthers won the inaugural season of the Pro Kabaddi league. A total of 12 teams take part in the Pro Kabaddi League.
The format of the league is a double round-robin where each team faces each other twice, once at home and once away. The top 4 teams of the league stages advance to playoffs. Patna Pirates are the most successful team in the Pro Kabaddi League with 3 titles in their name. They won the title 3 times in a row from 2016-18. The Pro Kabaddi League has a huge fan following in India and gets massive viewership as well.
Indian Premier League(IPL)
Indian Premier League is the official cricket league of India. Undoubtedly IPL is one of the biggest Indian sports leagues. IPL is popular all over the globe and gets massive worldwide viewership. This league works in a round-robin format where each team faces the other twice. Once at home and once away. After the league stage, the top 4 teams with the most points move to the playoffs. The first season of IPL was played in the year 2008. Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural season of IPL. Mumbai Indians are the most successful team of IPL with % titles in their name. Without a doubt IPL is the most famous sports league of India and it gets millions in watching.