Russell, Rahul among list of 4 IPL players who found success after changing teams

With IPL 2020 been suspended until further notice with uncertainty over the 13th edition of the tournament due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, fans have been missing the blockbuster T20 league and its power packed action.

Every year franchises buy a particular set of players according to the team’s requirements, but not every player goes on to live upto his price tag and impress with his performances in his debut season or for his 1st IPL franchise. There have been many instances of players shining after changing their IPL teams.

Here’s a list of 4 players who went on to achieve success in the IPL after changing their teams:

Andre Russell

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Andre Russell started his IPL journey with the Delhi Daredevils back in 2012 but it was during his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders that he made heads turn. He was racked up by the Knight Riders in the 2014 edition of the IPL where he could feature in only 2 games in what was a triumphant season for the Knights.

The tide changed in 2015 where he racked up 326 runs at an outrageous strike-rate of 192 along with 14 wickets. In the 2016 edition, Russel underwhelmed with the bat but compensated for it with his bowling by claiming 15 wickets.

But it was in the 2019 season where the world saw Russell at the height of his powers. In 14 games, the all-rounders hammered 510 runs at an average of 56.66 and a barely believable strike-rate of 204.81 besides claiming 11 wickets at 26.09.

KL Rahul

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KL Rahul, who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2013, managed to play only 5 matches for RCB, while scoring only 20 runs.

Rahul then went onto represent Sunrisers Hyderabad for two seasons before returning to RCB in 2016. Rahul had a more than impressive return to RCB as he hit 397 runs in 14 matches as the team reached the final. However, Kings XI Punjab snapped Rahul for a whopping Rs 11 crore in IPL 2018 auctions.

Since then Rahul has been putting on a batting masterclass for KXIP as he scored 659 runs in 2018 and followed that up with 593 in IPL 2019. In 67 matches, Rahul has amassed 1,677 runs at an average of 42.06.

Robin Uthappa

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Robin Uthappa, who started his IPL career with the Mumbai Indians later played two seasons each with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (2009-2010) and Pune Warriors India (2011-2013) before he switched to KKR in 2014.

Uthappa had a memorable debut season with KKR as he scored 660 runs from 16 matches including five half-centuries while putting up a couple of top partnerships with Gautam Gambhir. Uthappa played a key role in KKR’s title win in 2014 by scoring 660 runs, also winning the Orange Cap. Uthappa went on to play five more seasons for KKR and scored over 1700 runs for the franchise.

Uthappa never led an IPL team but was deputy to Karthik in IPL 2018 and 2019. His poor run in IPL 2019 – he managed 282 runs in 12 matches – saw the franchise releasing him ahead of IPL 2020 auction. He joined Rajasthan Royals for Rs 3 crore for the upcoming season. At RR, Uthappa will be playing under former PWI teammate, Steve Smith.

David Warner

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David Warner started his IPL career at Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2009 and did not have a great start to his IPL career aggregating just 163 runs in 7 innings at an average of 23.28 with a lone fifty to his credit.

However, Warner played his best cricket after joining Sunrisers Hyderabad and has scored more than 500 runs in all the four tournaments he has been associated with the Orange Army.

Warner claimed the Orange Cap three times – in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Warner is now on the top of the list of the overseas highest run-scorer in IPL history with 4706 runs in 126 matches at a staggering average of 43.17. Warner has slammed four centuries and 50 half-centuries in his 10 year-long IPL career. Warner led the Hyderabad franchise to their maiden title in 2016 where he slammed 848 runs.

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