The Indian Premier League commenced in the year 2008 with Royal Challengers Bangalore taking on Kolkata Knight Riders. The encounter emerged out to be a spectacular one as Brendon McCullum scored a ton for KKR right in the first game.
IPL has played a very important role in giving a kick-start to a lot of players’ career while it has seen some very interesting names in the franchises’ line-ups. Here are the six players you didn’t know played the cash-rich league.
Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar played IPL for two franchises, Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders. Bangar played for DC in the inaugural season in 2008 while represented KKR in 2009. In 12 IPL matches, Bangar scored 49 runs at a strike-rate of 84.5. He also scalped four wickets.
Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is known for his intelligent batting during the World T20 final against India in 2007. His sense of the T20 format earned Misbah a place in the Royal Challengers Bangalore side. Misbah played for RCB in the first edition. In 8 appearances, the right-handed batsman scored 117 runs with a strike-rate of 144.4.
One of the finest batsmen from West Indies, Ramnaresh Sarwan also played IPL in the inaugural season. He played for Kings XI Punjab under Yuvraj Singh’s captaincy donning the jersey in four matches. The right-hander scored 73 runs for them.
The New Zealand all-rounder was once a aprt of the Indian Premier League. In the first two seasons, he was a part of CSK franchise where he played 15 matches in two seasons. The all-rounder was then picked by Rajasthan Royals in 2011 where he played two games before Mumbai Indians bought him in 2013.
One of the most well-known cricket commentator in the world, Aakash Chopra was a part of the IPL. He played for KKR in the first two seasons and was later bought by RR in the fourth edition.
Sunil Joshi was once a part of the RCB setup.