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Five Players Who Played for Most Number of Franchises in the IPL History

The next edition of the cherished Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL) is around the corner. And with the trading window closed and IPL 2020 auction done and dusted, the franchises have already blown the horn for the competition. The tradings bought some shocking news as the franchises traded off supposedly their key players, too.

Where Rajasthan Royals (RR) traded off Ajinkya Rahane, the Indian spin-magician Ravichandran Ashwin was traded off by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). However, things were much different at the IPL 2020 Auctions held in Kolkata, last year. From the 62 players sold at the auction, the franchises mostly picked the Indian domestic cricketers at the auction, this time around.

The bidding took off with surprised Mumbai Indians (MI) availing Australian cricketer Chris Lynn for the base price of 2 Crores. Meanwhile, Lynn's fellow Aussie cricketer Pat Cummins became the most expensive but of the event. The pacer was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping amount of 15.50 Crores.

The uncapped Indian youngster, Yashasvi Jaiswal was roped in by the Royals, who already bought most of the young budding Indian talents.

However, the Australian veteran opener and hard-hitting batsman, Aaron Finch returned to the game and was taken in by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Finch is among the cricketers who have played for most franchises in IPL.

Meanwhile, Yousuf Pathan and Manoj Tiwary were among the big names that went unsold this season.

Here is the list of the top five players who have played for most franchises in the IPL history:

Five players who played for most franchises in IPL:

Yuvraj Singh (KXIP, PWI, RCB, DD, SRH, MI):

The iconic player of the shorter version of cricket has led the IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab in first two seasons of the league. However, there was a noticeable dip in the second season of the cash-rich tournament. This led to the management to hand the captaincy to the Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kumara Sangakkara.

And then a week later his influential part in the World Cup 2011, Yuvraj was leading Pune Warriors in the third edition of the IPL. The player missed the IPL 2012 as he was suffering from lung cancer and then when he turned to show up in 2013, he couldn't perform up to his level. In the following season, Yuvraj was recorded as the most expensive player picked named by the RCB.

In the 2015 auction, he was bought by Delhi Daredevils after which he was traded off to Sunrisers Hyderabad for the next two seasons. In the 2018 IPL season, Yuvraj returned to Kings XI Punjab but yet again owing to his poor show in the game he was swapped with Mumbai Indians for the IPL 2019.

It was the sixth IPL franchise that Yuvraj played for before he announced his retirement from all formats of the game.

Parthiv Patel (CSK, KTK, DC, SRH, RCB, MI):

The baby-faced Indian cricketer was sold to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL). Parthiv Patel had been the opening partner to Matthew Hayden till he donned the yellow jersey of Chennai.

Ahead of the 2011 IPL, Patel was roped in by the Kochi Tuskers (KTK) but the franchise got terminated and the entire team was once again in the auction for the 2012 IPL. The young cricketer then joined Deccan Chargers for $ 1m.

Although being decent with the bat, Parthiv could never hold his position in the team for long. He played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013 while he was taken in by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014. In 2015, Parthiv was bought by Mumbai Indians as the opener and this was the best season throughout his IPL career. There he aggregated a total of 339 runs from 14 matches at a strike rate of approximately 134. His opening partnership with Lendl Simmons for Mumbai earned Rohit Sharma & his men the second tournament title.

However, following the victorious season, Parthiv had slack in his game in the next season which he overrode with his bewildering total of 395 runs in the IPL 2017. Yet again MI won their third title, becoming the second successive franchise along with Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

However, following his stunning performances with MI, RCB once again bought him ahead of the IPL 2018 and ever since then the cricketer is playing with Virat Kohli.

Thisara Perera (CSK, KTK, MI, SRH, KXIP, RPS):

The all-rounder Thisara Perera has been one of the regular faces of the IPL. Best known for his ability to pick wickets and score runs, the Sri Lankan cricketer is a useful asset for any franchise in a tournament.

Having played for six franchises in the cash-rich league, Perera first came into the picture in 2010 IPL. He featured for MS Dhoni-led CSK for the US $50,000 in the debut game where he played just one match. After that, he went with KTK and Mumbai Indians (MI) before playing his IPL career-best for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

Perera picked 19 wickets from 16 matches with a decent tally of 213 runs in IPL 2013. Perera has also played for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Rising Pune Supergiant in 2014-15 and 2016 respectively. IPL 2016 was the second season where the Sri Lankan pacer got to play for 12 matches. Back then, he bagged nine wickets.

Although he has donned six different jerseys, Perera has been unable to get himself into any team after the 2016 tournament.

Dinesh Karthik (DD, KXIP, MI, RCB, GL, KKR):

After Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik comes in as one of the most experienced wicketkeeper-batsman of the premier league. The veteran Indian cricketer was taken in by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping of 2.4 Crores in the inaugural franchise-based tournament.

Nevertheless, his struggle with runs remained the same in the twenty-overs league as well. After being with DD for three seasons, Karthik was roped in by KXIP for the 2011 edition. However, he could not deliver. And in the following season, Karthik moved in with MI for the 2012 and 2013 edition of the game.

And the sixth edition (IPL 2013) came out as Karthik's watershed year where he smashed 510 runs in 19 games. However, even after the stunning performances, MI released him ahead of the IPL 2014. Karthik, after that, played for RCB in 2015 and Gujarat Lions for 2016-17 before being picked by the KKR in 2018.

With KKR, the Tamil Nadu cricketer was chosen to lead the team for a whopping 7.4 Crores for which he proved his mettle by aggregate 498 runs in 16 matches.

Aaron Finch (RR, DD, PWI, SRH, MI, GL, KXIP, RCB):

Aaron Finch is one that has experience of playing for almost every team in the league-based game. Opening for the Rajasthan Royals (RR), the Australian hard-hitter played for seven different IPL franchises ever since the 2010 IPL.

In the first three seasons of his IPL career, Finch didn't get to play much. He played one match in his debut tournament, while 6 and 2 matches for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL 2011 and 2012, respectively.

It was not until the 2013 IPL when the Australian opener got a chance to play for Rising Pune Supergiants. He smashed the best bowlers in 14 games of the tournament that year and went on to collect a total of 456 runs, his best of IPL till now.

After the bewitching performance with Pune, Finch was taken in by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of the 2014 season of IPL. There again he gave his best in 13 matches and scored 309 runs with two half-centuries in his bag. In 2015, he was taken in by Mumbai Indians but could not play due to an injury.

Finch played for Gujarat Lions for 2016-17 season and scored an approximate aggregate of 700 runs from 26 matches in two editions. The wicketkeeper-batsman was then taken in by the Kings XI Punjab for IPL 2018 who released him ahead of the 12th edition (IPL 2019) of the tournament.

Finch opted to move out of 2019 IPL to prepare for the coveted ICC World Cup 2019 tournament. Whereas, in the upcoming IPL 2020 Finch was roped in by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for 4.40 Crores, his eighth IPL franchise.

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