IPL is the biggest and toughest league in the world. It is one of the revolutions in world cricket that BCCI has presented to the world. Getting into the IPL means you are sharing the dressing room with the legends of the game. Moreover, you are also getting paid a huge amount of money as well. However, many international stars have found it hard to get into the IPL every time they were auctioned. With 8 days from IPL2021, we will discuss one of the unique IPL records of all time. It is about the 13 players who have played in every season of IPL since the first season.
IPL Records: 13 players who have played in every season of IPL from 2008
#1 MS Dhoni (204 IPL matches )
MS Dhoni might be on the list of every IPL records possible. Dhoni was the captain of the Indian Cricket team when he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings in the first season of IPL. The world cup winning captain has won 3 IPL title and has been in the playoffs more than anyone in the league.
MS Dhoni has played more matches than anyone in IPl (204), captained more matches than anyone in the league as well. The Captain Cool is now in his 14th season as a captain in the biggest T20 league in the world. However, due to a controversial betting case and CSK being suspended from the league, Dhoni played for the Pune Warriors India in the 2014 & 2015 season.
#2 Virat Kohli (192 IPL matches)
Virat Kohli is the only player to play for the same franchise since the outburst of the league. In the 2008 season of IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore bought the young kid who had just lead the India-19 team to a world cup victory.
Virat was then said to be one of the promising stars of Indian cricket. Hence, even with some below-average seasons at the start, RCB opted to retain the right-handed batsman from Delhi. Since then he has never auctioned again in the IPL, just because the RCB management has never left Virat out.
Virat is the only player to play for the same franchise since the 2008 edition of IPL. He has played a record 192 IPL matches for the RCB, which is the most by anyone for a single team. This is one of the unique IPL records that Kohli has.
However, the current Indian is yet to win his first IPL trophy. The RCB fans will surely hope to turn around their fate this time.
#3 Rohit Sharma (200 IPL matches)
Now if one says Rohit Sharma is Mr IPL, he/she might not be that wrong. Rohit also has many IPL records in his bag. Winning the most numbers of IPL titles as a player and captain is one of them.
The Hitman had played his initial years for the Decan Charges and won a season with them. In 2011, Mumbai Indians bought the superstar batsman and since then they have won more trophies than anyone in the league.
Rohit was made the captain of Mumbai Indians in the 2013 season and they won their maiden trophy that season. After that Rohit won a total of 5 trophies as captain and 6 as a player. This is one of the toughest IPL records to break.
#4 Dinesh Karthik (196 IPL matches)
Dinesh Karthik is another name associated with Indian cricket for a very long time. Karthik is one of the leading wicket-keeper batsmen along with MS Dhoni in the IPL.
Till now Karthik has played for many IPL franchise since the first season of the IPL. Post the Nidahas Trophy heroics he was made the captain of the KKR franchise in 2018. Since then he has been an important part of the team.
With his 360 degree game going, he is still considered as one the best finishers in the league.
#5 Piyush Chawala (164 IPL matches)
The leg-spinner from UP was a sensation in his earlier days of International cricket. Debuted as a 19-year-old, the leg-spinner was one of the brightest prospects of Indian cricket.
Chawla and KKR have been a great combination. He played as many as six consecutive seasons for the franchise helping them winning the title in 2014 in that stint. However, Chawla was very successful with his first-team Kings XI Punjab (Now Punjab Kings), where he played for six years also.
Piyush Chawla is one the highest wicket-takers of the IPL, with 156 wickets in 164 IPL matches.
#6 Amit Mishra (150 IPL matches)
Another successful leg-spinner in the IPL. Amit Mishra is one of the most successful IPL bowlers. He has taken 160 wickets in his 150 IPL matches.
Mishra also has the record for taking most number of hattricks in the tournament(3).
Amit Mishra was first picked by the Delhi franchise in the inaugural season of the league. Since then he has played in every season of the IPL till now. Mishra will be playing for the Delhi franchise in the 2021 edition of IPL.
#7 Ajinkya Rahane (149 IPL matches)
Rahane was a sensation at the top of the order for the Rajasthan Royals, though he had started his IPL career with the Mumbai Indians.
Rahane was the main reason behind the success of the Royals in his time. He was also the only and first-ever batsman to hit 6 fours in an over, where the bowler was Chris Gayle. This is one of the very rare IPL records that Rahane has.
However, due to lack of form Royals released him in the 2020 season and Rahane found himself in the Delhi Capitals dressing room. He will continue to represent the Capitals in the 2021 season which makes him the 7th player who has played every season since the first season of IPL.
#8 Robin Uthappa (189 IPL matches)
Robin Uthappa has played as many as 189 IPL matches in the league making one of the veterans in IPL.
Post a great performance in the inaugural T20 World Cup, Robin was bought by the Mumbai Indians. Since then he has played for a franchise like RCB, and Rajasthan Royals. However, it was the KKR team who brought out the best of Uthappa after they bought him in the 2014 season.
Uthappa opened the innings for them and scored as many as 660 runs earning the orange cap that season. He was named as the Mr Consistent after his record-breaking 11 40+ scores that season. Moreover, he helped them win the IPl trophy that season too.
But, after two not so great seasons in 2018 and 2019, he was released by the KKR management. In 2020 he found his place in the Royals Dressing room. But, after one year Robin is in the CSK team with his world cup winning captain MS Dhoni.
#9 Manish Pandey (146 IPL matches)
Another U-19 cricket star was brought into the limelight along with Virat Kohli. Pandey was the first-ever Indian player to hit an IPL century. He scored an unbeaten 114 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Deccan Chargers in IPL 2009.
Till 2010 season he was with the RCB team but was bought by MS Dhoni’s Pune Warriors India in the 2011 season. However, Pandey’s best years came under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir after the KKK franchise bought him in the 2014 season.
His vital knocks made sure KKR would become the IPL champions in the 2014 season for the second time. But, in the 2018 season, the Hyderabad franchise bought him as he was released by the KKR management in the 2018 season. Though he has not shown his true talent with the score for the SRH team, his experience in the middle order would make the team retain him till the current season.
For his experience and fielding skills, Pandey is one of players who have played in every season of IPL
#10 Shikhar Dhawan (176 IPL matches)
To be very strange he is the only left-hander in the list of players who have played in every season of IPL from 2008. Dhawan is another U-19 cricket team product. He was the highest run-getter in the 2004 U-19 cricket world cup.
Dhawan was picked up by Delhi Daredevils and he played in a star-studded team alongside Sehwag, Gambhir, de Villiers, Dilshan, and Collingwood in the first season. Later, he found himself in different teams like Mumbai Indians and Decan Chargers.
He found his best form with the Decan Charges and Hyderabad Sun Risers team. But, in the 2020 season, he was traded to the Delhi Capitals team. Till now Dhawan has scored 5197 runs in IPL.
#11 Wriddhiman Saha (124 IPL matches)
Wriddhiman Saha is the third wicket-keeper on our list. Considered the best wicket-keeper in the world at the test level, Saha has a handy IPL career as well.
The KKR team scouted Saha in the first season. However, he was sidelined till he found his place in the CSK team in 2011. But, he had to be the second choice because of the presence of MS Dhoni in the team as the wicket-keeper. However, his wicket-keeping skill made sure he becomes one of the players who have played in every season of IPL.
It was the 2014 season when the world his batting skills. Playing for the Kings XI Punjab, Saha scored the first-ever ton in an IPL final opening the batting. But, due to injury issues, he was released by the Punjab franchise. He was then bought by the SRH team. He will be their first-line up wicket-keeper in this year’s IPL.
#12 Dhawal Kulkarni (91 IPL macthes)
The seamer from Mumbai is the only pacer on our list. Kulkarni is one of the most experienced domestic players in the league.
He was signed by the Mumbai team in the 2008 team but did not flourish enough till he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals. However, due to the suspension of Royals in 2015, he was forced to join the Gujarat Lions. Then again he brought back by the Royals in 2018. He is currently in the Mumbai Indians team.
Due to lack of his death bowling skills, Kulkarni has found himself in and out of the team for the most of the time. Though for his swing skills he is one of the players who have played in every season of IPL
#13 AB de Villiers (169 IPL matches)
AB de Villiers is the only foreign player who has played in every season of IPL from 2008. Known as Mr.360 ABD is one of the most loved cricketers in the world.
ABD is the most complete T20 batsman there has been in the IPL. He can play in the classical form and then launch his power-hitting ability later in the innings as well. The chasing ability of ABD makes him still one of the best in the world.
With his more than good keeping skill, his fielding is still the best, making him one of the fittest in the world even post his retirement.
ABD had started his IPL career with the Delhi Daredevils team and then found himself in the RCB team in the 2011 edition. Till then his pair with Virat Kohli has become the feature of IPL. However, he is still to win an IPL trophy yet.