Every year, the IPL auction is held, and players are retained or transferred. IPL fans became curious about which players would be back to their favorite franchise and who would not as a consequence of this auction.
Any player who performs well in the recent season gets retention to the franchise. On the other hand, any player who did not perform well in the previous season gets transferred or not picked up by any franchise. This is the main rule that every IPL franchise follows on auction day.
All those players who perform well and play an important role in winning matches for their team have higher chances of retention. This retention led them to play the most number of matches for one IPL franchise.
This is the silent record, but in reality, this has a huge impact on the game of any player who plays consistently for a single IPL franchise. Firstly, it provides any player who is attached to a single franchise with a comfortable sense. Secondly, it boosts any player’s confidence attached to one franchise. Thirdly, it allows every player the best chance for growth without worrying about being dismissed from the team.
Virat Kohli has played the most matches and appearances for one franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore. Who are the other players? Let us explore.
|Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Bangalore||226||16|
|MS Dhoni||Chennai Super Kings||208||14|
|K Pollard||Mumbai Indians||189||14|
|Rohit Sharma||Mumbai Indians||185||13|
|Suresh Raina||Chennai Super Kings||176||11|
|AB De Villiers||Royal Challengers Bangalore||156||11|
|Sunil Narine||Kolkata Knight Riders||151||12|
|Ravindra Jadeja||Chennai Super Kings||146||10|
|Harbhajan Singh||Mumbai Indians||136||10|
|Lasith Malinga||Mumbai Indians||122||09|
|Jasprit Bumrah||Mumbai Indians||120||10|
|Bhuvenshwar Kumar||Sunrisers Hyderabad||118||10|
|Dwayne Bravo||Chennai Super Kings||116||09|
|Ambati Rayudu||Mumba Indians||114||08|
|Gautam Gambhir||Kolkata Knight Riders||108||07|
|Yusuf Pathan||Kolkata Knight Riders||106||07|
Now we will have a look at the top 05 players with the most number of matches for each team.
Most Matches Played for Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
MS Dhoni has played most matches for Chennai Super Kings. He has been leading this side since 2008. Dhoni has appeared in 208 games for CSK. He could have played most matches for a single franchise in IPL. But CSK faced a two-year ban due to some fixing issues.
Read More: Ms Dhoni Captaincy Record
Most Matches Played for Mumbai Indians (MI)
Kieron Pollard joined Mumbai Indians back in 2010. He played his last season in 2022 for them. In these 13 IPL seasons, he played 189 games for Mumbai Indians.
Most Matches Played for Dehli Capitals (DC)
Right-arm Indian bowler Amit Mishra has appeared in most matches for Dehli Capitals. He missed 100 matches milestone by only one game. Amit played 99 games for DC that, include many match-winning performances.
Most Matches Played for RCB
The king of IPL, Virat Kohli, holds the record for playing the highest number of matches for a single franchise in IPL. He started his IPL career with RCB, and it seems that it will also end with RCB. During these 16 years, he appeared in 226 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Ab de Villiers has played 2nd highest games after Kohli for RCB. Below is the top 5 player with the most appearances for RCB
|AB de Villiers||2011-2021||156|
Most Matches Played for Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Sanju Samson has been playing for Royals since 2013. He has appeared in most games for Rajasthan, 114 matches. After seeing his commitment, management decided to make him captain of the RR family.
Most Matches Played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Sunil Narine is one the most prominent performer in IPL. After starting his career with KKR, he never looks back. He has been part of KKR for 12 years and has participated in 152 matches.
Most Matches Played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Master of the slower one, Buneshwar Kumar, is leading the board for playing most matches for SRH. He joined the Sunrisers in their inaugural season and, to date, is part of SRH. He has played 119 matches for them and shows some match-winning bowling performances in IPL.
Most Matches Played for GT
Gujrat Titans is a comparatively new franchise. They played their first season last season and shook the big team by winning the title.
Mohammad Shami, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill have played most matches in IPL for Gujrat Titans. All of them have appeared in 20 games for Gujrat Titans.
Most Matches Played for LSG
KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda have played most matches for Lucknow. Both of them have played 19 IPL games for LSG in the last two years.