The country where the shortest format of cricket was once neglected has been hosting the biggest T20 event in cricket history.
The Indian Premier League which started in 2008, has pulled almost every top star of this game to take a collective break from international and domestic cricket to take part in this series. The 2 months series involves money that no player could ever earn playing for their respective countries.
Not only to the stars but the league offers hidden talents to showcase the world that what they can do and how capable they are. The mash of these youngsters and veteran have always shown an interesting and breathtaking event in this series, that leaves no fans disappointed.
Therefore, IPL is something that has everything in it for everyone. The youngsters become stars, and stars become more eminent in this game.
As it has always been about the players of this series, we list down the players who were introduced to the tournament with the different franchises but are now famous and known by other franchises.
Yuzvendra Chahal – Mumbai Indians
The spinning star of RCB ‘Yuzvendra Chahal’ was first roped in at the 2008 IPL auction by Mumbai Indians. He spiced it up in only one IPL game for Mumbai Indians in three iterations-where he bowled 2 for 9 in 3 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Cup, helping his team protect a total of 139 and win the trophy.
He was then purchased by the RCB in 2014 at the base price of ₹10 lakh.
Shikhar Dhawan – Mumbai Indians
The star of his own home team – ‘Delhi Daredevils’, Shikhar Dhawan once was the part of Mumbai Indians. But he was hardly seen in the ground while playing for Mumbai Indians, having represented the team in the second and third season of the IPL.
Ravindra Jadeja – Kochi Tuskers Kerala
Yes, Kochi Tuskers Kerala was a team in IPL which represented the city of Kochi, and Kerala. Also, Jadeja was once featured for this team but wasn’t as effective as he is with the Chennai super kings.
Cheteshwar Pujara – Kolkata Knight Riders
The modern wall of cricket was once the part of Kolkata Knight riders but wasn’t able to perform as good as he is the red-ball cricket.
In the first three seasons of the Indian Premier League, Pujara continued to remain with Kolkata Knight Riders. Late he joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the auction of players in 2011 and was rolled out permanently after a knee injury.
Rohit Sharma- Deccan Chargers
Rohit Sharma was a part of the star-studded Deccan Chargers team in IPL 1. The team had players like Herschelle Gibbs, Shahid Afridi, Adam Gilchrist, Scott Styris, Chaminda Vaas & Andrew Symonds. Still, they didn’t manage to do much that season but they went on to win next season. So Rohit Sharma is the player with most IPL trophies.
Manish Pandey -Mumbai Indians
Before coming into the limelight for becoming 1st Indian player to score a century in IPL, Manish Pandey played for Mumbai Indians for in the first edition of IPL and his move to Royal Challengers Bangalore did wonder for the Karnataka born batsmen.
Chris Gayle- Kolkata Knight Riders
In the debut IPL season, KKR had powerhouses like Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle but still failed to make any impact. Chris Gayle, however, was yet to transform into his ‘Universal Boss’ mode and hence was dropped by KKR after 3 ‘not very successful’ seasons.
AB De Villiers- Delhi Daredevils
ABD… Who doesn’t love this guy!!! A big majority that supports RCB is down to the love and admiration for this ‘God amongst Human’. But do you remember that he used to play for Delhi Daredevils before making a switch to be with his pal Virat Kohli!
Andre Russell- Delhi Daredevils
Dre Russ is as hard a hitter of the cricket ball as they come. You see him hitting any ball out of the boundary with nearly no effort and you just can’t believe it. But before we got used to seeing such monstrosity from Russell playing for Kolkata, he spent a rather quiet season with Delhi Daredevils.
Ajinkya Rahane- Mumbai Indians
Ajinkya Rahane came into the picture for his Dravid like attributes and all we remember is him with his mentor playing for Rajasthan Royals. But Rahane started his career with Mumbai Indians but his move to the capital city of Rajasthan is what made his mark in IPL.
Ishant Sharma- Deccan Chargers
If I am being honest, it’s hard to remember how many franchises Ishant Sharma played for in IPL. Before becoming India’s test specialist, there were a number of years where Ishant Sharma didn’t know his future. The tall Delhi bowler started his IPL journey along with Rohit Sharma at Deccan Chargers.
David Warner- Delhi Daredevils
David Warner is a very common name amongst Cricket fans. The pocket-sized dynamite Warner was a rising superstar when he started his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils. Fast forward years, Warner is now captaining Sunrisers Hyderabad and is amongst the best T20 players in history.