IPL 2019 is set to kickstart in less than a fortnight. And the excitement has reached feverish pitch with the promotions dominating the TV ads. IPL has successfully completed 11 seasons and it has seen some unique co-incidences.
There is a unique coincidence of an Indian cricketer winning an IPL title with every team he gets to play with barring for one team he started his IPL career with.
He is all-rounder Karn Sharma who bats left-handed, but bowls right-arm leg-break. He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2008. But he did not get a single game in that edition.
He did not play in the next four IPL seasons before he was chosen to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2013.
He played for SRH from 2013 to 2017 and took 49 wickets in 55 matches. In 2014, he was re-bought by SRH for Rs 3.75 crore, in a bidding war with Kings XI Punjab. He was the highest paid uncapped Indian player in IPL 2014.
He had a successful season for SRH in IPL 2014, bagging 15 wickets in 14 matches.
In 2016 edition, he won his maiden IPL title with SRH, but he had a forgettable season, failing to bag a single wicket in 5 games.
Mumbai Indians then bought Karn in 2017 IPL for Rs 3.2 crore. He went on to play an important role in Mumbai Indians’ third IPL title.
In the final against Rising Pune Supergiant, Karn gave away just 18 runs in 4 overs, while bowling 12 dot balls. He took 13 wickets in 9 matches for Mumbai in IPL 2017.
He was bought by CSK in IPL 2018 for Rs 5 crore as the yellow brigade invested in experience than youth. Karn won his third IPL title with CSK. He bagged 4 wickets in 6 games for CSK in IPL 2018.