In IPL, there have been many players who have played for two or more franchisees. But then there has been players whose luck and their team’s fortunes have changed after they left their original team and shifted to a new franchisee. Did you know Chris Gayle was a KKR player before hitting big with RCB? Here are some players who went from zero to hero after changing franchisee.
Chris Gayle: The West Indian cricketer played for Kolkata Knight Riders for the first three IPL seasons. He was injured during the inaugural edition and failed to play a single match. In the next two editions for KKR, Gayle managed just two fifties and he was released from the squad. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him and benefited from this transfer. Gayle transformed himself and became a devastating opener for RCB. From 2011 to 2017 IPL, he scored 5 tons and 19 fifties for RCB. He scored over 600 runs thrice for RCB in a single IPL edition. It was KKR’s loss, but RCB gain. He also scored the highest T20 score of 175* for RCB. He has scored 3163 runs for RCB in 7 IPL editions. It will be interesting to see whether RCB retain Gayle as the West Indian has not been his best in last few IPL editions.
Rahul Dravid: The former Indian skipper captained RCB in the inaugural IPL edition in 2008. But he was stripped of captaincy after the team finished seventh. He played for two more editions for RCB as a player. He cracked only four fifties for RCB in three editions. But once he was bought by Rajasthan Royals in 2011, Dravid turned the young team into a competitive unit, leading them to 2013 IPL play-offs and 2013 Champions League final. His batting too improved with Royals, scoring 7 fifties with them, becoming one of the leading run-getters for the franchisee in every edition he played.
Jacques Kallis: The South African all-rounder had a fairly decent season with the first franchisee in RCB for 2008 to 2010, scoring 10 half-centuries, but an IPL title still eluded him and the team. However, the defining moment of Kallis’ IPL career came in 2012 IPL final for Kolkata Knight Riders when he scored a match-winning 69 to help his team lift the title. Chennai Super Kings ended up as runners-up. Kallis is more known for this knock than any of his IPL fifties. He scored 7 IPL fifties for KKR and was even part of the winning squad in 2014 IPL. Hence, Kallis is more associated with KKR than RCB.
Manvinder Bisla: The keeper was part of the winning squad for Deccan Chargers in 2009 IPL, but he did not play a single match. He played his first IPL match in 2010 for Kings XI Punjab. He played 10 matches for Punjab, hitting a fifty. He turned up for KKR in 2011 and played the innings of his life when he slammed 89 in 2012 IPL final to win the title for his team. However, he lacked consistency and was released by KKR after 2014 IPL. RCB bought him in 2015 IPL. He has not played for any team since 2015 IPL. But he is still a hero for all KKR fans for scoring that 89 in 2012 IPL final.