Stats: Players who have played for most number of franchises in IPL

Sudipta / 16 April 2016

Indian Premier League (IPL) now is nine years old. It started in 2008 since then it has taken place for nine times, including this year. Before the beginning of each season, the auction takes place. Eight franchises leave drops some players for the auction to buy new players.

IPL, so far, has seen 12 teams, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians (MI), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Delhi Daredevils (DD), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). In 2011, Kochi Tuskers (KTK) played the while Pune Warriors India (PWI) played in 2013 to 2015. After that due to betting scandal CSK and RR  was banned so two new teams- Gujarat Lions  (GL) and Rising Pune Super Giants (RPSG)  replaced them in 2016 for two years.

Players switching franchise is a common scenario in the IPL during these transfers and in auctions, which sometimes witness almost entire teams being restructured. There are only 11 players who have played all matches for one team since the beginning; some of them have played for three or more franchises.

Last year Mumbai Indians included Parthiv Patel in their team against Rajasthan Royals at Ahmedabad on April 14, 2015, they the sixth franchise Parthiv played for. Playing for six franchises in eight seasons is the highest for any player in IPL.

In fact, only one player has played for five franchises – Parthiv  Patel’s opening partner Aaron Finch.

The table below who played the most IPL matches:

No, of franchises Players
6 Parthiv Patel
6 Aaron Finch

Parthiv and Finch have played for 10 distinct IPL franchises between them. There have been eleven  franchises so far. Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab are the only teams, two teams, to have included neither Parthiv no Finch.

Players who have played at list five matches:

Player Teams
Ashish Nehra MI, DD, PWI, CSK, SRH
Ashok Dinda KKR, DD, PWI, RCB, RPSG
Dinesh Karthik DD, KIXP, MI,RCB, GL
RP Singh DC, KTK, MI, RCB
Yuvraj Singh KXIP, PWI, RCB, DD, SRH

 

Players who have played for the most number of franchises:

Abhishek Nayar MI, KXIP, PWI,RR,
Manish Pandey MI, RCB, PWI, KKR
Moises Henriques KKR, DD, RCB, KXIP
Praveen Kumar RCB, KXIP, MI, SRH
Robin Uthappa MI, RCB, PWI, KKR
Ross Taylor RCB, RR, DD, PWI
Shikhar Dhawan DD, MI, DC, SRH
Thisara Perera CSK, KTK, KKR, MI
Murali Kartik KKR, PWI, RCB, KXIP
Ravindra Jadeja RR, KTK, CSK, GL