The Indian Premier League! So many things to like about cricket’s biggest extravaganza. A platform that gives much-needed support to the local uncapped players, and one where you also get to see a warm side of some fierce rivalries among cricketers from all over the world.
Over the years, a lot has changed in IPL. But what has been the most enticing is how players have represented different franchises. Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians have their share of success in IPL since 2008. Here’s a list of some players who too share different fortunes with each team.
Our skipper has a rich experience of playing for 6 different franchises in IPL since 2008 including Mumbai Indians in 2012 and 2013. After not having a good season with the bat in 2012, he came back stronger in 2013 and ended up being the second highest run-scorer 510 for MI and 7th overall, in that run-fest IPL season.
DK is now leading the Knights. So far he’s having a great season with both bat and gloves. His role as a skipper too has been an inspiration.
Robin Uthappa started his IPL journey with Mumbai Indians in 2008. He had a decent season as he scored 277 runs at an average of 34.62 for MI. He went on to play for RCB and Pune Warriors before becoming a permanent member of Kolkata Knight Riders.
He’s gone on to score over 2000 runs for the Men in ‘Purple and Gold’ and winning one IPL title in the process.
The right-handed batsman has played some valuable knocks for KKR. He’s now back in the Mumbai Indians squad, the team who brought him into the much celebrated league, IPL for the first time for 2012 season.
Australian Fast bowler, Mitchell Johnson was first drafted into the IPL in year 2012 by Mumbai Indians. But he couldn’t recover from his ‘turf toe’ injury that he sustained during a Test match against South Africa in November 2011. The speedster came back next year, and ended the season being the join-third highest wicket-taker (24 Wickets in 17 matches) and took MI to the title triumph in that season.
Mitchell came back to MI in 2017 and we all remember that last over to fellow Australian Steve Smith in the final against Rising Pune Supergiants. Mitchell still has the same fire and his bowling at good pace for KKR this season.
The all-rounder from Delhi played his first IPL match for Mumbai Indians in 2016. His notable contribution came in the following year for the same team. Kolkata Knight Riders bought the attacking left-handed batsman this year. He didn’t disappoint and has been among runs this year this year as well. He adds more value to his selection with his off-spin.
The medium fast bowler from Karnataka has also played for as many as four teams in IPL. He has the honour of winning four IPL titles with two different teams (MI in 2015, 2017 and KKR in 2012, 2014). His experience in the KKR camp will be of great help to all the young fast bowlers.
Kuldeep Yadav and Apoorv Wankhade
Yes, you’ve read it right. Kuldeep was a part of Mumbai Indians squad in 2012. He never got to show his talent back then. He’s now one of KKR’s first choice spinner. His services for the national side over last few years has been exceptional. Apoorv Wankhade too is one of the most consistent limited overs player in the domestic cricket. He was in MI’s jersey for three years and was bought by KKR this year in the auction. He’s yet to play a match for us, but surely he’s one to watch out for in coming days.
A lot like many other domestic players, Pradeep Sangwan too made a few appearances for four different franchises in IPL.
His IPL journey started with Delhi Daredevils in 2008. From 2011 to 2013, he was a part of the KKR squad and played a total 5 games. He also featured in Gujarat Lions squad for two seasons (2016, 2017). Mumbai Indians added him to their squad during this year's auction.