IPL: 5 players who played blinders against their former franchises

IPL: 5 players who played blinders against their former franchises

Many franchises were forced to leave out their best players over time to create a more diverse pool.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo SOurce: IPL/BCCI)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has provided its fans with a plethora of memories. Many young players have developed into ferocious players over the years, contributing to the growth of the sport all over the world. In terms of player quality, the lucrative league is one of the best in the world. Every year, it grows in popularity and viewership, owing primarily to India’s large cricket-loving population.

Due to the auction procedure, many franchises were forced to leave out their best players over time to create a more diverse pool and level the playing field in the IPL. Such players returned and played some stupendous knocks against their previous teams to demonstrate their power and skill to play the best cricket in the league.

Here are the five players in the IPL who left one franchise and went on to play blinders against them:

1. KL Rahul 132* versus RCB, 2020

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCCI)

KL Rahul, the Indian opener and captain of the Punjab franchise, played an exhilarating knock against his former team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, in IPL 2020. He previously played for RCB in 2016-17 and was regarded as the franchise’s next big thing. Finally, the franchise was forced to exclude him ahead the IPL 2018 mega auction.

Since then, he has been a thorn in the flesh for the Challengers. Against his former team, he went unbeaten for five innings in a row. The knock of 132* was a magnificent display of his class and timing. At the death, he hit RCB’s bowlers all over the ground. He scored 132 off 69 balls, with 14 fours and seven massive sixes, to propel Kings XI Punjab to a massive score of 206 runs.

When he’s on form, he stands out among all the batters. He has a wide range of shots in his arsenal, which he uses to perfection. KL Rahul’s 132-run knock was the highest score by an Indian in IPL history. It helped Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) to a 97-run victory over RCB.