Top 10 Players Who Have Played for Most Teams in the IPL

Top 5 players who have played for most teams in the IPL

 Each year in the Indian Premier League (IPL) all the franchises prefer to have new and in-form cricketers. The majority of players find themselves playing in new jersey almost every season which is why you may have seen a number of cricketers who have played for multiple teams in the IPL. Let’s have a look at these players.

Players Who Played for Most IPL Teams

In this article, we will explore the top ten cricketers who have represented multiple IPL teams. However, there are a few exceptions, with teams like the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians displaying remarkable loyalty by retaining a core group of players year after year.

1) Aaron Finch – 8 Teams

Aaron Finch, the Australian white-ball captain, boasts the distinction of representing a staggering eight IPL teams. His IPL journey began in 2010 when he was picked up by the Rajasthan Royals.

Over the years, he has graced the squads of Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals), Pune Warriors India, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab, and Gujarat Lions. Finch’s most recent stint was with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2020. While he remained unsold in the last two seasons, his IPL career has seen him amass 2005 runs from 87 appearances.

2) Thisara Perera – 6 Teams

Thisara Perera, the dynamic Sri Lankan all-rounder, has plied his trade for six different IPL teams. His IPL journey began in 2010 with the Chennai Super Kings.

Perera has played for Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, and the Rising Pune Supergiants. In his 37 IPL appearances between 2010 and 2016, Perera showcased his all-round skills, scoring 422 runs and taking 31 wickets.

3) Parthiv Patel – 6 Teams

Parthiv Patel, the former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, also features in the list with six IPL stints. His IPL career kicked off with the Chennai Super Kings, where he tasted early success.

Patel’s journey then took him through the ranks of Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He concluded his IPL career with an impressive 2,848 runs from 139 matches.

4) Ishant Sharma – 6 Teams

Ishant Sharma, the seasoned Indian pacer, has represented a total of six IPL franchises during his career. He commenced his IPL journey with the Kolkata Knight Riders under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly.

Ishant has played for Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rising Pune Supergiants, Punjab Kings, and Delhi Capitals in the 2021 season before going unsold at the mega auction.

5) Irfan Pathan – 6 Teams

Irfan Pathan, the former Indian all-rounder, has also contributed to six different IPL franchises over the years. His IPL journey began with Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2008.

Irfan Pathan represented Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiant, and the Gujarat Lions. Pathan’s IPL career spanned 103 games, during which he scored 1139 runs and picked up 80 wickets.

6) Yuvraj Singh – 6 Teams

Yuvraj Singh, another former Indian all-rounder, left his mark on six IPL teams. He began his IPL journey as the captain of the Punjab franchise.

Yuvraj Sing played for Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and the Mumbai Indians. During his lengthy IPL career from 2008 to 2019, Yuvraj featured in 132 matches, amassing 2,750 runs and claiming 36 wickets.

7) Dinesh Karthik – 6 Teams

Dinesh Karthik, a veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, has represented six different IPL teams thus far. He commenced his IPL journey with Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals). His journey then led him to the Punjab franchise, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the Gujarat Lions.

From 2018 to 2021, he played a pivotal role for the Kolkata Knight Riders and even captained the team before passing the torch to Eoin Morgan. In IPL 2022, Karthik will be seen in Royal Challengers Bangalore colors. The experienced cricketer has accumulated 4046 runs from 213 matches at a striking rate of 129.72.

8) Robin Uthappa – 6 Teams

Robin Uthappa is a seasoned campaigner in the IPL, having represented six different franchises. His journey took him through the Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors India, Kolkata Knight Riders (with whom he secured the title), and the Rajasthan Royals. Uthappa was a surprise addition to CSK in 2021 and played a crucial role in their victory, making him one of the select few to win the IPL with multiple franchises.

In his 193 IPL matches, the 36-year-old cricketer has amassed 4722 runs at a striking rate of 130.15, including 25 half-centuries. His wealth of experience led to CSK acquiring him once again in the IPL 2022 mega auction.

9) Brendon McCullum – 5 Teams

Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand captain, will forever be remembered for his breathtaking century in the first-ever IPL match, representing KKR against RCB.

McCullum also represented Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Gujarat Lions, Chennai Super Kings, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Kiwi legend concluded his IPL career with 2880 runs in 109 matches, boasting a striking rate of 131.7, including two centuries.

10) Ashish Nehra – 5

Ashish Nehra, the former Indian left-arm seamer, has plied his trade for five different IPL teams. He commenced his IPL journey with Delhi Daredevils and subsequently represented Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors, Chennai Super Kings, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Nehra shared memorable moments with MS Dhoni at CSK. In his IPL career from 2008 to 2017, he took 106 wickets in 88 matches at an average of 23.54 and a strike rate of 18. Nehra’s best IPL performance was 4 for 10.

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