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Top 12 Players with Most IPL Matches Played | The Elite Dozen

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The IPL, renowned for its global appeal, blends athleticism and entertainment, captivating millions since 2008. Amidst its grandeur, individuals rise, showcasing talent and resilience. Players participating season after season symbolize endurance and excellence. Today, we delve into the journey of those who’ve marked IPL history through dedication. We celebrate the stalwarts who’ve graced the tournament, their longevity shining through as they’ve participated in the highest number of matches. Each match becomes a stage for their greatness, embodying the spirit of IPL cricket where passion and perseverance converge, igniting the fervor of fans worldwide. So, let’s find out top 12 players who have played most matches in IPL history.

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Top 12 Players with Most IPL Matches Played

Player Span Mat Runs HS Ave 100 Wkts Ct St
MS Dhoni 2008-2023 250 5082 84* 38.79 142 42
Rohit Sharma 2008-2023 243 6211 109* 29.57 1 15 98
Dinesh Karthik 2008-2023 242 4516 97* 25.8 141 36
Virat Kohli 2008-2023 237 7263 113 37.24 7 4 106
Ravindra Jadeja 2008-2023 226 2692 62* 26.39 152 97
Shikhar Dhawan 2008-2023 217 6617 106* 35.38 2 4 96
Suresh Raina 2008-2021 205 5528 100* 32.51 1 25 109
Robin Uthappa 2008-2022 205 4952 88 27.51 92 32
Ambati Rayudu 2010-2023 204 4348 100* 28.23 1 64 2
R Ashwin 2009-2023 197 714 50 13.22 171 43
KA Pollard 2010-2022 189 3412 87* 28.67 69 103
AB de Villiers 2008-2021 184 5162 133* 39.7 3 118 8

Most IPL Matches Played: MS Dhoni

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MS Dhoni is the first name in this list of players with the most matches played in IPL. He was one of the greatest captain India has ever seen. His stint as an IPL captain for CSK has been nothing sort of exceptional. He reached the IPL finals 11 times. CSK has won the prestigious IPL title five times under his captaincy (2010,2011,2013,2021, 2023). Dhoni has played 250 IPL matches and scored 5082 runs.

Most IPL Matches Played: Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma comes only Second for the most matches played in the IPL record. He has played 243 matches in IPL until now. He also has a joint record with MS Dhoni for the most IPL season wins as a captain with 5 titles in his bag (2013,2015,2017,2019,2020).

Rohit Sharma, widely acclaimed for his masterful batting prowess, has left an indelible mark on the Indian Premier League (IPL) as a formidable batsman. Rohit has scored 6211 runs at an average of 29.57.


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Most IPL Matches Played: Dinesh Karthik

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Dinesh Karthik has played 242 matches for five teams in his IPL career. He is number three when it comes to most matches played in IPL.

In the 2011 edition of IPL, the player was brought as the second most expensive player of that year by Kings XI Punjab. Later on, in 2018, he was made the captain of the KKR side, replacing Gautam Gambhir. He led the side to the playoff where unfortunately they lost against SRH by 14 runs. Karthik was also the highest run-scorer for KKR that season.

Virat Kohli: Most matches played in IPL

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The former Indian Captain has played 237 matches and comes fourth in the list. He is also the only player in IPL history to play over 200 matches for one single team. Kohli has been playing for RCB since the very beginning. In 2021, Kohli announced that he will continue playing for RCB as a player but is retiring from captaincy. Virat Kohli is also the highest run getter in IPL history, he has scored massive 7263 runs so far.


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Ravindra Jadeja

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Coming number fifth in the list is the famous Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, popularly known as ‘Sir’ Jadeja.

Jadeja was part of the Rajasthan Royals team that won the first IPL title and now has been playing for CSK for a very long time. He is often considered to be one of the greatest IPL all rounders. The player has played 226 IPL matches so far.

Shikhar Dhawan

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The left-handed swashbuckling opener has played 217 matches in his IPL career and ranks seventh in the list. He has played for five teams by now, his most memorable participation being in the 2016 SRH title victory in which his contribution was very important.

His ability to provide quick starts and anchor innings has made him a valuable asset in the tournament and for the team. He has scored a total of 6617 runs so far.


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Suresh Raina

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For a long time, Suresh Raina was the name that represented IPL Cricket. His nickname as ‘Mr. IPL’ is another proof of the fact.

And for a long time, it seemed his record as the player with the highest match appearance in IPL could not be exceeded. Even today, he is among the players with most IPL matches with 205 matches played by him. Raina has scored 5528 runs in IPL.

Robin Uthappa

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Throughout his IPL career, Robin Uthappa has been part of many different teams and different results but what has not changed is his consistency and reliability when it comes to IPL. With 205 matches in his career, the 38-year-old comes eighth in the list of players with the most matches in IPL history.

Ambati Rayudu

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Ambati Rayudu, a versatile batsman known for his adaptability and flair, has been a consistent performer in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Throughout his IPL career, Rayudu has showcased his ability to play crucial innings under pressure, often rescuing his team from difficult situations. He has played for two teams in IPL (MI & CSK).

Rayudu’s knack for timing and placement, coupled with his experience, make him a formidable force in the tournament. Ambati Rayudu has played 204 IPL matches and made 4348 runs.


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Ravichandran Ashwin

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Ravichandran Ashwin, a seasoned off-spinner, proved to be a vital component of various IPL franchises including Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), and Rajasthan Royals (RR). His astute bowling skills and tactical acumen have earned him recognition as a match-winner. Ashwin’s ability to deceive batsmen with variations and control the game’s pace has been pivotal in numerous IPL campaigns.

While his stint with different teams saw fluctuations in his role, Ashwin’s overall performance in IPL remains noteworthy. In his IPL career spanning 197 matches, he has claimed 171 wickets.

Kieron Pollard

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The famous Caribbean all-rounder and pitch hitter has played 189 matches in his IPL career and has the record for the first-most appearance in IPL by an overseas player. He is also one of the only players in IPL history to have played for only one IPL franchise throughout their IPL Career. He ranks eleventh in the list.

AB De Villiers

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The South African Legend comes second in most matches played in IPL by an overseas player. The player is most famously known as Mr.360 for his ability to hit boundaries and score runs all over the ground.

The player is 12th on the list with 184 matches, most of which have been with Royal Challengers Bangalore.


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