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From Dinesh Karthik to KL Rahul: 5 IPL stars who never captained their home franchise


The success of the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 gave rise to the concept of internet hosting a franchise-based T20 event. The Indian Premier League (IPL) got here into existence within the following yr with a number of glitz, glamour and fanfare however cricket entered an unknown territory with not a lot concept of how the event could be obtained.

However, it took just one knock on the opening day of the IPL to know what was to include the T20 format in world cricket.
Fan loyalties shifted with the appearance of IPL as 8-city based mostly groups grew to become family names earlier than anticipated.

Big stars of Indian cricket, together with Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid, have been main the groups within the inaugural version of the IPL. There was just one international captain in Shane Warne and he finally went on to carry the trophy in 2008.

Over the years, groups have discovered success even because the picture of their icon gamers grew exponentially. MS Dhoni is synonymous with Chennai Super Kings now. So is Rohit Sharma with Mumbai Indians. So is Virat Kohli with Royal Challengers Bangalore regardless of the India captain’s restricted success because the captain of the Bengaluru-based franchise.

On the opposite hand, some star gamers have not had the chance to benefit from the fanbase of their home followers within the IPL. Despite being massive names in their respective states, they haven’t had the chance to lead their native sides within the IPL.

Indiatoday.in has provide you with an inventory of 5 star cricketers who have missed out on main their home city-based franchises.

Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik was a longtime identify within the Indian cricket fraternity earlier than the IPL got here into existence. He was a part of the 2007 T20 world Cup workforce and had made it to the Indian Test facet as effectively.

However, when it comes to the IPL, Dinesh Karthik hasn’t been ready to lead his home city-based franchise, Chennai Super Kings. Karthik has been one of the vital profitable and influential captains for Tamil Nadu within the home circuit however when it comes to the IPL, MS Dhoni is the face of CSK.

Dinesh Karthik, in a latest interview on Cricbuzz, stated he was ‘shocked’ to see CSK going for MS Dhoni as their marquee participant within the first-ever public sale of IPL in 2008.

“The first name I saw picked (by CSK in the first IPL auction) was MS Dhoni, for 1.5 million. He was sitting right down the corner from me. He didn’t even tell me a word that he was going to be picked by CSK. I guess he didn’t know, but that was the biggest dagger to my heart,” Dinesh Karthik stated.

Karthik has gone on to play for a number of franchises, together with Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions. Over the final 2 years, Karthik has been main Kolkata Knight Riders after their most profitable captain, Gautam Gambhir determined to half methods with the franchise.

R Ashw in


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R Ashwin grabbed the limelight by way of his performances for Chennai Super Kings within the IPL. The India off-spinner made a mark within the IPL and went on to turn out to be one of many main spinners in world cricket proper now.


R Ashwin was a part of a number of memorable wins within the IPL with CSK. Ashwin even performed beneath MS Dhoni for Rising Pune Supergiant when CSK confronted a 2-year suspension between 2016 and 2017.

However, when CSK got here again in 2018, R Ashwin didn’t even get to play for CSK. Ashwin went on to lead Kings XI Punjab within the IPL for two seasons earlier than shifting to Delhi Capitals through a commerce within the lead up to IPL 2020 which has now been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With MS Dhoni being within the twilight of his profession, it stays to be seen what the longer term holds of R Ashwin.

Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan rose by way of the ranks whereas enjoying for Baroda and made a much bigger influence throughout his days with Mumbai within the home circuit. Zaheer has had a number of stints with Mumbai Indians — 2009, 2010 and 2014 however he never captained the 4-time champions.

Zaheer Khan performed beneath the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma however the left-arm pacer, certainly one of India’s best, didn’t go on to lead the franchise.

However, after getting picked by Delhi Capitals in 2015, Zaheer Khan took over the management position on the franchise in 2016 when Rahul Dravid was roped in because the mentor of the franchise. Zaheer was additionally a part of the Capitals in 2017 which turned out to be his final season within the IPL.

Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane is one other big-ticket India participant who never had the chance to lead his home city-based franchise, Mumbai Indians. Rahane performed for Mumbai Indians within the first two seasons of the IPL beneath Sachin Tendulkar however didn’t make a notable influence.

A transfer to Rajasthan Royals in 2011 got here as a blessing for Rahane who went on to set up himself as one of many key members of the franchise. Having performed with Rahul Dravid and beneath him on the Royals, Rahane turned out to be one of the vital reliable openers within the historical past of IPL with greater than 3800 runs beneath his belt.

After spending 9 years on the Royals, Rahane made a transfer to Delhi Capitals within the lead up to IPL 2020.

KL Rahul

Courtesy by BCCI

Virat Kohli has turn out to be synonymous with Royal Challengers Bangalore. His development to a world celebrity in world cricket got here after he took over because the RCB full-time captain position in 2013.

Ever since, Virat Kohli has been the face of RCB regardless of their incapacity to win an IPL title. It’s onerous to think about anybody else main RCB apart from the India skipper.

KL Rahul, the native boy from Karnataka, wasn’t as massive a participant as he’s now throughout his time on the RCB. In truth, Rahul was not retained by RCB within the IPL 2018 public sale and he was purchased by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 11 crore.

After spending 2 productive seasons as wicketkeeper-batsman at KXIP, KL Rahul is all set to lead the franchise within the upcoming version as he was named as R Ashwin’s alternative after the public sale in December.

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