Players Who Play For Both MI and CSK:- The Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings rivalry are one of the highlights of the Indian Premier League. Both of them have won the coveted trophy three times and as such, are the two most successful teams in the tournament. There is an underlying competition between these two, ever since the inception of the Indian Premier League; both of them have reached unprecedented heights in a bid to outdo each other. They have contributed as much to the competitive nature of the league as to each other’s success.
As such, it is only natural that there will be players who have played for both teams in the IPL. Since the start of the tournament, 12 men have played for both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. These include 5 Indian cricketers, 4 Australians, 2 players from West Indies and 1 Sri Lankan cricketer. But who makes the top 5 list among them? Read on to find out.
#5 Ambati Rayudu
Rayudu started his Indian Premier League career with Mumbai Indians, joining them before the 2010 season. He went on to play for 8 seasons, until 2017 and was a vital player for the MI side. Rayudu scores more than 2000 runs for Mumbai during his stay and played some great knocks too. He was an integral part of the Mumbai Indians team that won three IPL trophies.
In 2018, Rayudu was picked up by Chennai Super Kings for 2.2 crores. He was phenomenal in his debut season for Dhoni’s side, scoring 602 runs from 16 games and recording the highest score of 100 not out. He had a strike rate of 149.75 and also scored three half-centuries. His procurement turned out to be a phenomenal business for CSK, as they won the IPL trophy last season.
Rayudu has scored a total of 3151 runs from 137 games in the IPL. He has stayed not out 21 times in total. He has an average of 28.90 and has hit one century and 18 half centuries so far in the tournament. Even though he is not a hard hitter, Rayudu has hit 266 fours and 118 sixes in the Indian Premier League. He could be a vital player for CSK once again this year.
#4 Harbhajan Singh
The Turbanator spent 10 glorious years with Mumbai Indians and has lifted the Indian Premier League trophy three times with the Mumbai outfit. Even though he is primarily an off-spinner, Bhajji has also been handy with the bat. He scored one half-century in the 2015 season and displayed some great tail order batting. However, his main contribution has been with the ball.
During his 10 years with Mumbai, Bhajji was a phenomenal wicket-taker. He took 127 wickets from 136 games and had one 4 wicket haul and one 5 wicket haul. His best spell was in the 2013 season when he picked up 24 wickets from 19 games, helping Mumbai lift the IPL trophy. His best bowling figure in the IPL is 5/18, during the 2011 season. Harbhajan was also instrumental during Mumbai Indian’s run in the 2015 season in IPL, where he took 18 wickets from 15 games, as Mumbai picked up their second IPL trophy in three years. During the 2017 trophy winning season, Bhajji was an important squad member and took 8 wickets from 11 games.
In the 2018 auction, Harbhajan was picked up by CSK and he helped them win the 2018 IPL trophy, getting 7 wickets from 13 games. The former Team India international has picked up 141 wickets from 153 games in total in the IPL.
#3 Michael Hussey
The former Australian International is one of the legends of the game and a well-known figure in the Indian Premier League circuit. Hussey kicked off the inaugural IPL season in style, becoming the second player after Kolkata Knight Rider’s Brendon McCullum to score a century in the tournament. Against Kings XI Punjab, he scored a blistering 116 not out and helped Chennai win the game. Hussey was unable to play in the IPL in 2009, but returned to action the following year, as Chennai won their first IPL trophy. In 2011, Hussey was the 5th highest run scorer in the tournament, scoring 492 runs from 14 games and helping Chennai defend their trophy in style. He was equally blistering in the 2013 season, scoring 733 runs from 17 games, but Chennai finished as runners up.
In 2014, Hussey shifted his alliance to Mumbai and endured a difficult season, scoring 209 runs from 9 games, however, he did manage to score two half-centuries. He returned to Chennai in 2015 and it would be his last season in the IPL. He played 4 games and scored 77 runs.
Hussey played 59 games in the IPL in total, scoring 1977 runs and registering an average of 38.76 runs. He has 1 century and 15 half centuries in the tournament.
#2 Dwayne Smith
The explosive batsman is another player who has appeared for both Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Smith was a power hitter who is best remembered for his fours and sixes. He had the ability to terrorize any bowling attack on his day. However, the West Indian cricketer only joined Mumbai Indians in the 2008 edition of the Indian Premier League to replace his countryman Dwayne Bravo, who had picked up an injury. Smith was decent in his inaugural season but failed to make a mark.
However, he would leave Mumbai for Deccan Chargers in the following season, where he won the 2009 IPL trophy. He was a part of the Deccan Chargers team until the end of the 2011 season. In 2012, he was picked up by Mumbai Indians, once again as a replacement for Mitchell Johnson, who was injured. He was largely successful in his second spell, helping Mumbai win the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League.
In 2014, he joined Chennai Super Kings and played there for two seasons. However, he was not as successful for the Chennai outfit.
#1 Dwayne Bravo
The West Indies cricketer is one of the best all-rounders in the game and has found immense success and popularity in the Indian Premier League. Bravo started his career in the IPL with the Mumbai Indians, where he spent three seasons. He was pretty decent during his time at Mumbai, contributing both with the bat and the ball. However, he could not find success with Mumbai.
In 2011, he shifted base to Chennai and it was here that Bravo found his true calling. He became an integral part of the team, upped his performances and became a match winner. He was especially crucial in the 2012 and 2013 season, where he was exceptional with the bat as well as the ball. In 2012, he scored 371 runs from 19 games, while in 2013, he picked up 32 wickets from 18 games. He was an essential part of the team that won the 2011 IPL trophy.
After Chennai was suspended for 2 years, Bravo was picked up by Gujarat Lions, but subsequently returned to Mumbai on their return in 2018. Upon his return, he played a crucial role as Chennai won their third IPL trophy.
As of now, Bravo has scored 1442 runs and picked up 143 wickets from 126 games in the Indian Premier League. This season, he has 39 runs and 7 wickets from 4 games.
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