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5 Indian players who have played for both Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians

Harbhajan Singh represented Mumbai Indians for 10 years before moving to CSK in the 11th edition of the IPL
Harbhajan Singh represented Mumbai Indians for 10 years before moving to CSK in the 11th edition of the IPL
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Vinay Chhabria

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are the two most successful teams in the history of the Indian Premier League. Both the teams have been a part of the league since its inception and have won three IPL titles each.

While the Mumbai franchise won the title in the year 2013, 2015, and 2017, the Chennai Super Kings won the IPL in 2010, 2011, and 2018. Many legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Andrew Symonds, Ricky Ponting, and Sanath Jayasuriya have represented the Mumbai Indians whereas CSK has been home to legends such as MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, DJ Bravo, Faf du Plessis, and many other superstars.

However, there have been 5 Indian players who have been lucky to be a part of both the franchises in the 11 years of the IPL. The list of those 5 players is as follows -

(Please Note - This list only considers capped Indian players)

#1 Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai Indians - 2008-17, CSK - 2018-present)

Harbhajan Singh had even captained the Mumbai Indians on several occasions
Harbhajan Singh had even captained the Mumbai Indians on several occasions

Harbhajan Singh was associated with the Mumbai Indians ever since the Indian Premier League's inception. The Turbanator donned the Mumbai Indians jersey in 136 matches and took 127 wickets for the franchise in the 10 years he played for them. His phenomenal off-spin bowling and big hitting down the order helped the Mumbai side win several matches but the Mukesh Ambani owned franchise decided to release him ahead of the 2018 IPL auction.

In the 2018 IPL auction, Chennai Super Kings bought the Punjab off-spinner for his base price of Rs 2 crore. In the 13 matches he played for CSK last year, he was able to pick 7 wickets and he has been retained by the franchise for the upcoming season as well.

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#2 Ambati Rayudu (Mumbai Indians - 2010-17, CSK - 2018-present)

Ambati Rayudu played the lead role for CSK in the previous season
Ambati Rayudu played the lead role for CSK in the previous season

Ambati Rayudu made his IPL debut for the Mumbai Indians in the year 2010 and impressed one and all with his consistent batting performances. Rayudu aggregated 356 runs in his maiden season and was touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket.

His consistency led to his call-up to the national team but in the year 2016, Mumbai Indians did not include Rayudu in their first playing XI due to his dip in form. He was then released by them ahead of the 2018 IPL auction.

Chennai Super Kings picked up Rayudu in the auction and MS Dhoni promoted the right-handed batsman to the opening position, a move which changed his IPL career. 2018 was the best season of Rayudu's career and hence, he was retained by CSK for the upcoming IPL 2019.

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#3 Parthiv Patel (CSK - 2008-10, Mumbai Indians - 2015-17)

Parthiv Patel played 3 seasons each for Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings
Parthiv Patel played 3 seasons each for Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings

Parthiv Patel made his IPL debut playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the year 2008. He was used as the primary opener of the team in the 2008 season, which saw him scoring 302 runs from 13 matches.

However, due to the availability of better openers in the squad, the left-handed wicket-keeper batsman was benched for major parts of the 2009 and 2010 seasons before the CSK team released him.

He later represented Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the next seasons before Mumbai Indians bought him in the 2015 IPL auction. The Gujarati batsman played for Mumbai Indians from 2015 to 2017 and even won the IPL title with them twice but was released from the team ahead of the 2018 auction after which he was bought by the RCB.

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#4 Karn Sharma (MI - 2017, CSK - 2018-present)

Karn Sharma has won the IPL title with both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings
Karn Sharma has won the IPL title with both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings

Karn Sharma is also referred to as the lucky mascot in the IPL because of the fact that all the 3 sides he has played for in the last 3 seasons emerged to be the IPL winners in that season. In 2017, he played for the Mumbai Indians as Rohit Sharma's men went on win the IPL title. He was highly successful as a bowler playing for Mumbai as he picked up 13 wickets in 9 matches. Yet, he was released by them ahead of the 2018 IPL auction.

Chennai Super Kings grabbed him up in the auction and he then represented them in 6 IPL matches of 2018, where he scalped 4 wickets. With CSK retaining him for the upcoming season, it will be interesting to see if he goes on to win the IPL title once again.

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#5 Ashish Nehra (Mumbai Indians - 2008, CSK - 2014-15)

Ashish Nehra's stint with CSK helped him make a comeback to the national side
Ashish Nehra's stint with CSK helped him make a comeback to the national side

Not many people remember that Ashish Nehra was a part of the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural season of the IPL as the left-handed pacer played only 1 season for them. Nehra played 14 matches in that season and picked up 11 wickets with an economy rate of 7.66. Later, he was released by the MI franchise as they traded him to the Delhi Daredevils.

Also Read: 9 Indian players who have played for both Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore

Ahead of the 2014 season, Chennai Super Kings picked Ashish Nehra - a stint which helped him transform his career as he even made a comeback to the Indian team after that. Nehra was highly successful with the Chennai franchise but his association with the team came to an end when the team was suspended from the league.

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Edited by Rajdeep Puri
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