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The IPL isn’t just about watching with family; it’s about families playing together too. Throughout its history, the IPL has had lots of brothers playing against each other or in the same team. Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan were the first brothers to play in the IPL. Since then, we’ve seen many other sibling pairs, like the Pandya brother and the Morkel brothers, making memories together on the field. In this article, we have compiled a list of brothers who played the game of cricket together in Indian Premier League (IPL).
Brothers on the Cricket Field in IPL
|Brothers in IPL
|Pathan Brothers (Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan)
|Curran Brothers (Sam Curran and Tom Curran)
|Pandya Brothers (Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya)
|Jansen Brothers (Marco Jansen and Duan Jansen)
|Marsh Brothers (Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh)
|Morkel Brothers (Morne Morkel and Albie Morkel)
|McCullum Brothers (Nathan McCullum and Brendon McCullum)
Pathan Brothers (Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan)
When Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan, the first brothers to play in the IPL, faced each other, fans were glued to the game. Irfan began with the Punjab Kings in 2008, then played for the Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Super giants, and Gujarat Lions, where he retired in 2017. Yusuf Pathan started with the Rajasthan Royals and won the first IPL with them, earning Man of the Match in the final against CSK. Later, he joined the Kolkata Knight Riders and served seven years before retiring with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2019.
Curran Brothers (Sam Curran and Tom Curran)
Sam Curran and Tom Curran are really famous around the world because of their great all-round abilities. Both the English all-rounders have been playing for a long time now. Sam Curran started his IPL career with the Punjab Kings, taking a hat-trick in his very first season. Later, he joined the Chennai Super Kings in the league and played a crucial role for the franchise as a bowling all-rounder. He also created history in the IPL 2023 mini-auction, where he was bought by the Punjab Kings for more than 18 crores, making him the most expensive player in the history of the IPL.
On the other hand, his elder brother Tom Curran struggled to get his roots in the league as he started his career as the replacement of Mitchell Starc with KKR. Later, he was adopted by the Rajasthan Royals and eventually released due to his lacking performance. He then joined the Delhi Capitals again, but his performance cut him off from the franchise, and now he has joined RCB for the IPL 2024.
Pandya Brothers (Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya)
There will be nothing wrong if you say that the Pandya brothers are the most dynamic pair of brothers to be featured in the IPL because both players had a lot of success while playing in the league. Both players played for Mumbai Indians for many years and represented India on the basis of their mind-boggling performances for the franchise. Hardik Pandya has achieved different things in his career and is one of the best pace bowling allrounders in the world right now. He also captained the Gujarat Titans and took the team to glory in his first season as a skipper. For the IPL, he has again joined MI as the skipper.
On the other hand, Krunal Pandya could not establish himself as an international player like his younger brother, but he has been a match winner for his IPL franchises. So far, he has played for MI and LSG, even though he played a crucial role in the success of MI, and he also captained LSG on many occasions.
Jansen Brothers (Marco Jansen and Duan Jansen)
The South African bowling all-rounders also played in the IPL when both were selected by the Mumbai Indians. Marco Jansen has had real success, but his brother Duan Jansen still has work to do. Marco Jansen is now a crucial part of SRH; even in international cricket, he has been brilliant with his all-round performance, and in a very short space of time, he has established himself as a major part of many T20 teams around the world and the South African team as well.
Marsh Brothers (Shaun Marsh and Mitch Marsh)
The Marsh brothers are well known in the world of cricket because of their talent and beautiful game play, and they both also played in the IPL together, representing different teams. Shaun Marsh won the first ever orange cap of the IPL in the inaugural season of the league while playing for the Punjab Kings, and he served the team for 10 years. But his brother Mitchell Marsh made his debut with the Deccan Chargers and then played for several IPL teams, and now he has been a crucial member of the Delhi Capitals for the last few seasons.
Morkel Brothers (Albie Morkel and Morne Morkel)
Albie Morkel embarked on his IPL journey with CSK in 2008, leaving an indelible mark over six seasons. His switch to RCB in 2014 added a new dimension to his career, followed by stints with the Delhi Capitals in 2015 and the Rising Pune Super giants in subsequent years, culminating in a retirement filled with memories and achievements.
Meanwhile, Morne Morkel, Albie’s brother, navigated his own IPL path from 2009 onwards, representing RR, DC, and KKR over eight eventful years. Each season brought new challenges and opportunities for Morne to showcase his fast-bowling prowess and contribute to his team’s success. Together, the Morkel brothers left an enduring legacy in the IPL, their journeys symbolizing resilience, versatility, and a deep-seated passion for the game.
McCullum Brothers (Nathan McCullum and Brendon McCullum)
In the inaugural IPL match, Brendon McCullum emerged as the standout performer for KKR, dazzling fans with a breathtaking innings of 158 not out off just 73 balls against RCB. Following three successful seasons with KKR, he ventured to Kochi Tuskers, Kerala, in 2011, briefly rejoining KKR the following year. Subsequently, Brendon showcased his talents for CSK and Gujarat Lions before concluding his IPL journey with RCB in 2018, leaving behind a legacy of explosive batting and memorable performances. In contrast, Nathan McCullum, Brendon’s brother, experienced a shorter stint in the IPL, featuring for RPS in just one season in 2011.