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The IPL veterans – Players with the most IPL appearances

by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

MS Dhoni overtook Suresh Raina’s tally of Indian Premier League caps to become the player with the most appearances in the tournament’s history to add to the flurry of records that have been broken in IPL 2020.

The top 10 players with the most appearances in IPL are all Indians and all but two are featuring in the ongoing season. Virat Kohli is the only player on the list yet to win an IPL title.

Here are the top 10 players with the most IPL matches played:

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MS Dhoni – 194

Dhoni surpassed Raina’s tally of 193 IPL caps by featuring in CSK’s IPL 2020 encounter against SRH. The wicketkeeper-batsman represented Rising Pune Supergiant during CSK’s two-year suspension from the tournament in 2016 and 2017, making a total of 30 appearances for them.

Suresh Raina – 193

Raina is one of the two players on the list who aren’t featuring in the ongoing season of the IPL. He has, however, featured in each of the previous 12 seasons, representing Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Lions in a total of 193 matches.

Rohit Sharma – 192

Rohit Sharma is closely following MS Dhoni with 192 caps, having represented the Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians. He is the most successful player in IPL history with five titles and the most successful captain too, leading MI to four IPL title victories.

Dinesh Karthik – 185

The current Kolkata Knight Riders captain, Dinesh Karthik has featured for five other franchises – Delhi Daredevils, Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore – making a total of 185 appearances. Of the 10 players on this list, Karthik has played for the most franchises.

Virat Kohli – 180

The only player to have played for just one franchise in every season of the competition, Kohli is also the player with the most appearances for a single franchise – 180 and the highest run-getter in IPL history. But the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain is also the only player on the list who is yet to win an IPL title.

Robin Uthappa – 180

Uthappa, who recently overtook Kohli to become the player with the most IPL defeats, is currently tied with the RCB captain on this list with 180 appearances. Uthappa, currently playing for Rajasthan Royals, has also represented Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Ravindra Jadeja – 174

Jadeja missed the 2010 season of the IPL, yet makes this list at joint-seventh. He started off with the Rajasthan Royals, winning the first IPL title, before moving on to the Kochi Tuskers. He has since been a crucial part of the CSK squad – discounting the two years he played for the Gujarat Lions while CSK were suspended from the tournament in 2016 & 2017.

Yusuf Pathan – 174

Tied with Jadeja is Yusuf Pathan, who was also a part of Shane Warne’s famous Rajasthan Royals side that won the maiden IPL season. Pathan moved on to Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad after that, winning two IPL titles with KKR in 2012 and 2014. He isn’t featuring in the ongoing season after going unsold in the auction.

Shikhar Dhawan – 162

Starting off with Delhi Daredevils, Shikhar Dhawan joined Mumbai Indians in 2009 before moving to Deccan Chargers in 2011 and to Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013, where he spent five years, winning the IPL in 2016. Dhawan has played at least 10 matches in all completed IPL seasons but one – he made just five appearances for MI in 2009.

Piyush Chawla – 161

Chawla moved into the top 10 of the most IPL appearances list with CSK’s match against SRH, overtaking Harbhajan Singh, who pulled out of the ongoing season owing to personal reasons. The leg-spinner has represented Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders as well, winning the IPL once with KKR.

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