Main article: 2008 Indian Premier League
The inaugural season of the tournament started on 18 April 2008 and lasted for 43 days with 59 matches scheduled, out of which 58 took place and 1 was washed out due to rain. The final was played in DY Patil Stadium, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. Every team played each other both at home and away in a round-robin system. The top four ranking sides progressed to the knockout stage of semi-finals followed by a final. Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings in a thriller and emerged as the inaugural IPL champions. Second season 
Main article: 2009 Indian Premier League
The 2009 Indian Premier League season, also known as IPL 2, was the second season of the Indian Premier League. The tournament was hosted by South Africa because of the General Elections in India and was played for 37 days from 18 April to 24 May 2009. IPL 2 was forecast to have an estimated television audience of more than 200 million people in India alone. The top four ranking sides progressed to the knockout stage of semi-finals followed by a final. Deccan Chargers defeated Bangalore Royal Challengers (ironically these teams were the last in standings in the previous IPL) in a thriller and emerged as the second IPL winner. .. Third season 
Main article: 2010 Indian Premier League
The third season returned to India and It was the first IPL tournament that was broadcast live on YouTube . The final four matches of the tournament were screened in 3D across movie halls in India. Chennai Super Kings defeated Mumbai Indians in the finals to win their first title. Lalit Modi was ousted by BCCI as so called Commissioner of IPL. Fourth season 
Main articles: 2011 Indian Premier League and List of 2011 Indian Premier League personnel changes On 21 March 2010, it was announced in Chennai that two new teams from Pune and Kochi will be added to the IPL for the fourth season. However, the bid around the kochi franchisee turned...