It goes without saying that sport thrives on recognition. For any sportsperson, it is an act of duty towards the discipline to shape the standard of the sport. Eventually, setting high-benchmark is always rewarded with greater recognition in the sporting world.
For any sportsperson, dreams come true when they finish on the podium after the end of a successful tournament. The script remains the same as far as cricket is concerned. While few greats of the game go on to win the race, some miss out to bag the golden glory as they fell short of few inches. Such is the story of every individual who pours in their blood and sweat to touch the title of honour.
On that note, while the cricketing fever remains at an all-time high, this article attempts to enlist the names of those legends who have played the most number of matches for multiple teams in the cash-rich league but unfortunately, they have not bagged the champion’s tag irrespective of their relentless efforts. So, without wasting any further time, let us get started.
Here’s the list of players with most IPL matches without being part of a title win:
5. Chris Gayle – 125
The West-Indian cricketing giant is known for his massive out-of-the-park sixes which dramatically ends up in the loss of the ball. Christopher Henry Gayle is a treat to the viewer’s eyes. His ballistic knock of 175* still continues to be a talking point in the cricketing arena.
Audience drenched in the shower of sixes is what makes the Universal Boss the crowd-favourite. The veteran has amassed 4484 runs in 125 matches under his massive belt. The southpaw is currently warming the benches for Kings XI Punjab.
Albeit, the 41-year-old would be excited to put an end to the drought of the IPL trophy. The heavy-weight is yet to feature in the playing XI squad in the 13th edition of the IPL. Given a chance in the match, he will showcase the propensity of power-hitting from the word go.
4. Ajinkya Rahane – 140
The Mumbai born cricketer is well-rewarded for his struggles and endeavour which he incurred in his childhood. The batsman with a class written all over his willow has plied his trade for multiple teams in the IPL.
The prolific batsman has 3820 runs under his belt with a majestic average of 32.93. The right-handed batsman adds extra to the team’s ordinary with his presence. Off late, he appears to be out of form, as a result, the southpaw has been dropped from the Indian cricket team.
Despite his glamorous performance with the bat, Rahane has not been able to tick the champion’s box with a smile on his face. Hoping to rope the coveted trophy on the team’s side, Ajinkya will step into the field with an optimistic and strong intent to win matches.
3. Amit Mishra – 150
The magical pair of hand has earned him a myriad of appreciation across the world. Mastering the art of bluffing the batsman with his spin induced balls, Amit Mishra remains a vital cog in the Delhi Capitals’ machinery.
Scalping 160 important wickets in his IPL career, the veteran justifies his position in the team. The right-arm-leg-spinner contributes to the team with his troubling googlies. Eventually, he can mount pressure on the opponent by pitching the balls in the right position.
The 37-year-old spin king has been never been able to stand aside from the trophy despite playing the action-thriller game since 2008. In what can be sad news for his fans is the early departure from the tournament owing to a finger fracture. The team management must be brainstorming to find someone who can fill the huge void caused by the former’s exit.
2. AB de Villiers – 159
Arguably one of the most famous foreign cricketer on the Indian soil, AB de Villiers carries the baton of ‘evolution’ on which the world cricket thrives on. Known for his blistering shots, Mr 360 can turn the tables on their side within the wink of the opposition’s eyes.
Having donned multiple jerseys, Ab de Villiers trickers on the 22 yards only to script a milestone to his name. From Delhi Daredevils to Royal Challengers Bangalore, the veteran has always been a valuable addition to the team with his brilliant woodwork.
Scoring 4550 runs in 159 matches at an impressive average of 40.26, De Villiers features second in this list of star-studded players. Holding the capacity to change the fortunes of Royal Challengers Bangalore, De Villiers must be looking forward to launching some ballistic missiles in the form of sixes to torpedo the mighty oppositions in the 2020 IPL.
1. Virat Kohli – 182
Leading by example, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli and his men always enter into the cricketing carnival as favourites. However, the team has not been able to cross the line of triumph ever since the inception of the T20 league.
The chase-master has amassed as many as 5545 runs in 182-odd matches justifying his sheer prowess and cricketing brain. Featuring on top of the list of highest run-scorers, the swashbuckler is the only player in the history of IPL to be retained by the same franchise over the course of 13 editions.
His efforts have gone in vain as RCB is yet to register its name as the title-holders. With an intent to come out victorious in the delayed edition of the IPL, Virat and his knights must be burning their midnight oil to bring smiles on the face of the ever-green fans of the team.
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