Top 10: Most Matches Played in Indian Premier League (IPL)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is arguably the most popular and toughest T20 league going around in the world, and it generates a lot of discussion points throughout the course of the cricketing calendar. We can easily say that it has changed the way the T20 cricket leagues are played around the globe, and more specifically, in India.

India may have been churning out talents one after another since the inception of the IPL back in 2008, but certain individuals have become immortal when it comes to the IPL and will be forever etched in the annals of this incredible cricketing extravaganza.

The players we are talking about have a deep, long history with the IPL and have been associated with the league almost throughout. Yes, we are going to discuss the players with the most appearances in the IPL.

Most Matches Played in IPL by Players

PlayerTotal Matches Teams Represented
MS Dhoni (2008-2024)257CSK, RPS
Rohit Sharma (2008-2024)250DC, MI
Dinesh Karthik (2008-2024)250DC, GL, KKR, KXIP, MI, RCB
Virat Kohli (2008-2024)245RCB
Ravindra Jadeja (2008-2024)233CSK, GL, Kochi, RR
Shikhar Dhawan (2008-2024)222DC, MI, PBKS, SRH
Suresh Raina (2008-2021)205CSK, GL
Robin Uthappa (2008-2022)205CSK, KKR, MI, PWI, RCB, RR
Ambati Rayudu (2008-2023)204CSK, MI
Ravichandran Ashwin (2009-2024)203CSK, DC, KXIP, RPS, RR

Key insights from the above stats

60: Number of players to have played 100 or more career games in the Indian Premier League. And out of them, only 9 have gone on to feature in 200 or more games, and 25 have played at least 150 IPL games.

1: MS Dhoni is the most capped IPL player ever and is the first player to have reached the 250-match mark. Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians skipper, closely follows him with over 240 IPL games.

237: All of Kohli’s games have been in the RCB colours, and he has played the most matches for a single franchise. Virat Kohli holds the record for scoring the most runs in the IPL with a tally of over 7200 and leads the century front as well with 7 IPL tons.

3: Ravi Ashwin is just 3 games away from breaching the 200-match mark, and the next active player is David Warner, who has featured in 176 IPL games thus far.

7: Number of active players on the list. Barring Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, and Robin Uthappa, the rest will feature in the IPL 2024. Interestingly, each of these trio last played for CSK before retiring from the IPL.

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