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Have Virat Kohli and RCB ever won the Fairplay Award in IPL history?

On Sunday, April 21, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) faced off at Eden Gardens in Match 36 of the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

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KKR batted first and posted 222/6 thanks to knocks from opener Phil Salt (48) and captain Shreyas Iyer (50). In reply, RCB’s Will Jacks (55) and Rajat Patidar (52) both scored half-centuries but ultimately fell just one point short.

In the second innings, RCB and India star Virat Kohli were the subject of discussion as he reacted angrily to being caught and dismissed a full toss from pacer Harshit Rana.

Have Virat Kohli and RCB ever won the Fairplay Award in IPL history?

Kohli was adamant that the delivery he received was a no-ball and therefore it should not have been given out. He was seen arguing and gesturing angrily at the umpires as he left the field, a move that is sure to impact RCB’s position in the rankings for the fair play award.

The award is intended to give players an incentive to behave in the spirit of the game on and off the field. It undoubtedly has a secondary status to the IPL trophy itself, but both prizes have eluded Kohli and RCB in every season of the competition so far.

The first fair play award was won by Chennai Super Kings in 2008, and the last was given to Delhi Capitals. CSK (2010 and 2011), SRH (2016), MI (2020) and GT (2022) are the teams to have won both the IPL trophy and the fair play award in the same season.

Winners of the IPL Fairplay Award
Year Team
2008 Chennai Super Kings
2009 Kings XI Punjab
2010 Chennai Super Kings
2011 Chennai Super Kings
2012 Rajasthan Royals
2013 Chennai Super Kings
2014 Chennai Super Kings
2015 Chennai Super Kings
2016 Sunrisers Hyderabad
2017 Gujarat Lions
2018 Mumbai Indians
2019 Sunrisers Hyderabad
2020 Mumbai Indians
2021 Rajasthan Royals
2022 Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans (shared)
2023 Capitals of Delhi

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