The IPL is not just a league, it’s an emotion. Celebrated each year like a festival in India, the Indian Premier League gives the country the entertainment they all need after coming back from their stressful jobs. Some players leave a mark which is too clear for the people to miss. We’ve seen stars like Ab De Villiers, Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shane Watson etc. who entered the League and gave the public quite a show. While expectations are always great with some big names, sometimes some replacement players who join mid-season might just do the trick for their franchises. Here’s a list of five such players who joined their teams mid-season but are now ruling IPL :
1) Chris Gayle (2009) –
The Universe Boss is the most surprising name on this list. Often regarded as one of the greatest finds of the IPL, Chris Gayle was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2nd edition of the IPL in 2009, but due to a tour of the West Indies to Sri Lanka, he missed out on the initial matches. He joined the team mid-season, but didn’t get to play much due to an ankle injury. After two years with the franchise, he shifted to the Royal Challengers Bangalore where he cemented his position as the King of the IPL.
2) Kumar Kartikeya Singh (2022) –
Kumar Kartikeya Singh joined the Mumbai Indians in 2022 as a replacement for Mohammed Arshad Khan, who backed out due to an injury. His motivating back story, where he had promised his household that he wouldn’t return as long as he made it big touched everyone’s hearts, making him an overnight star. He is expected to be retained by the MI in 2023.
3) Rajat Patidar (2022) –
The destructive top order batsman for the RCB was a lucky replacement for the outgoing Luvnith Sisodia. Little did anyone know that Patidar, the mid-season entrant, was the key to bringing the RCB to the Second Qualifier of the IPL, as his knock in the eliminator, where he scored a century, helped cement RCB’s spot against Rajasthan Royals.
4) Wanindu Hasaranga (2021) –
Wanindu Hasaranga, the famous spinner from Sri Lanka, joined the RCB squad mid-season in 2021 when Australian spinner Adam Zampa called it quits for that season due to personal reasons. Although he didn’t get to make a mark in 2021, Hasaranga’s exceptional performance in IPL 2022, where he picked up 26 wickets, just 1 shy of Purple Cap winner Yuzvendra Chahal, won everyone’s hearts and turned him into an overnight star.
5) Tim David (2021) –
Tim David was all over the news in 2021 when the Australian-born all-rounder became the first player from the Singapore national cricket team to be chosen for the IPL. He was opted by the RCB as a replacement for the injured Finn Allen. After his mid-season stint with the RCB, he was bought by the Mumbai Indians in the mega-auctions of 2022.