Be it the famous Waugh brothers for Australia – featuring Steve and Mark, or the Flower brothers from Zimbabwe; Grant and Andy Flower there is a special place for real brothers representing their nations together, in the world of cricket.
Even in the Indian Premier League (IPL), there have been several pairs of brothers, who sometimes represented the same team during the tournament, or faced-off against each other, representing different ones.
Here, we look at some of them:
1. Pathan Brothers:
World Cup-winning pair of Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan also made their enticing mark in the IPL. While Irfan’s career in IPL was all over the place, Yusuf has had a stable one.
Yusuf played key roles during his stints at Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (RR), and now is playing the finisher’s role at Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Irfan, on the other hand, played for Delhi Daredevils (DD), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and finally Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Gujarat Lions, before going unsold and taking up Hindi commentary this season.
2. Marsh Brothers:
Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh enjoyed a decent outing in the IPL in the yesteryears.
Shaun was the orange cap holder in the inaugural edition of the IPL and was retained by Kings XI until this year’s auctions.
Injury-prone Mitchell started off at the now-defunct Pune Warriors India (PWI) and subsequently, featured for RPS in 2016, pulling out of the tournament in 2017 due to an injury.
3. Hussey Brothers:
One of the most iconic brothers to have played the game of cricket – David Hussey and Michael Hussey, faced off against each other in several fixtures of IPL, before they called it quits from the game.
Orange Cap holder, Mike Hussey enjoyed success at Chennai Super Kings (CSK), smashing the first century for the yellow brigade, in their very first game in IPL.
After his brief stint with Mumbai Indians (MI), Mr Cricket went back to CSK as a coach this season. David started off his campaign at Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI before he called it quits from the game.
David was present at the ‘Dugout’ this season, a specialized analysis show for the IPL on Star Sports Select.
4. Pandya Brothers:
Mumbai Indians (MI) unearthed the Pandya brothers- Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya, bringing them in the reckoning even for the Indian side.
The two were retained earlier this year with hefty price-tags, after their successful seasons since 2015 edition.
While Hardik already cemented his place in the Indian team in all formats, Krunal has been knocking at the selector’s doors.
5. Morkel Brothers:
Finally, the Morkel brothers from South Africa also graced the tournament with their presence. Albie Morkel was a key all-rounder for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s CSK setup during the initial years.
He was then bagged by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Supergiant before he went unsold in the subsequent season.
Gautam Gambhir insisted on the services of lanky Morne Morkel at Kolkata Knight, after his brief stints at Rajasthan Royals (DD) and Daredevils in the IPL.
Morne recently called it quits from the game of cricket, post infamous South Africa, and Australia series.