Another exciting edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is round the corner and the fans have already started the buzz around it. The introduction of IPL in 2008 has changed the complete picture of the game and has provided platforms to many young cricketers in India. Even many international players made it to the national team based on their performance in the most popular franchise-based cricket league in the world.
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Although the league has witnessed many changes in these 12 years, many cricketers have stuck to only one franchise right from the start of IPL like Virat Kohli. MS Dhoni had to play for Rising Pune Supergiant during the ban imposed on Chennai Super Kings but returned in 2018. Even Sachin Tendulkar also played only for Mumbai Indians before announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket.
On the other hand, there are many cricketers, who have struggled to find a strong base and represent them for years. As a result, they have had to change their team from time to time with many players even representing as many as seven franchises in these years.
We at Cricket Addictor will take a look at five players who played for the most number of franchises in the history of IPL:
5. Yuvraj Singh – (KXIP, PWI, RCB, DD, SRH, MI)
Yuvraj Singh was the icon player and captain for Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab in the first two seasons; in 2010, the third season, icon player status was discontinued and the captaincy given to Kumar Sangakkara. The former India all-rounder registered two hat-tricks in the second edition and became the first bowler to scalp two hat-tricks within a span of only 17 days.
In 2011 IPL, a new franchise by the name Pune Warriors India brought Yuvraj Singh for a hefty sum and appointed him as their skipper. However, due to medical problems, Yuvraj was not a part of the 2013 and 2014 edition of the competition. He joined Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2015, represented Delhi Daredevils in 2015 before plying trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 and 2017 and then returned to Kings XI Punjab in 2018.
But owing to poor performances, Punjab decided not to retain and Yuvraj went to Mumbai Indians at the dying moments in the 2019 IPL auctions. The veteran all-rounder announced his retirement earlier this year and will not be a part of the cash-rich league this time around.