6 players who have played for only one IPL franchise
With fresh auctions and new teams coming in the mix, a lot of players keep changing sides each year. With as many as four teams disbanded or having got suspended, there are very few players who have sworn allegiance to one side since 2010, the last year that had all the eight original franchises. Here’s a list of six players who have stayed put in one team from the start:
The Royal Challengers have been able to witness Virat Kohli’s transformation from a chubby teenager to one of the modern geniuses of the game, right through his stint from 2008, when he was inducted in the team on a youth contract. Part of the inaugural team which lacked T20 firepower, Kohli got better every season, the same way his national career started fledging.
Before the 2011 season, Kohli was the only player retained by the Challengers, and was designated as vice-captain to skipper Daniel Vettori. In his absence, he got the captaincy mantle, and became full-time captain after Vettori’s retirement. Although he still hasn’t been able to take his team past the finishing line, he has constantly amassed runs in the past few years along with Chris Gayle. In all, Kohli has in excess of 3500 runs with two centuries and over 20 fifties.