The T20 cricket leagues around the globe are just like club football. The basic concept is the same. Players are signed by different franchises from time to time and there is nothing permanent as such when it comes to the team. The cricketers most of the times do not play for their hometowns and represent franchises that manage to get them for good bids. Amid all whooping business deals, there are still a number of players who never played for more than anyone franchise.
Lasith Malinga has been a rock-solid member of Mumbai Indians since the beginning of his IPL journey. He played 122 IPL matches thus far and all for the Mumbai team. He took 170 wickets at an average of 19.80 and economy rate of 6.89. His best season with the ball in IPL was the 2011 one when he bagged 28 wickets to claim the purple cap. He began his IPL season with Mumbai as a player in 2009 that lasted till 2017. Then he associated with the team as a coach. Finally, the Yorker specialist once again came back to Mumbai Indians as a player in 2019.
Kieron Pollard is another constant name in Mumbai Indians side. He has been a major reason for Mumbai Indians’ success in the IPL. In 148 matches for Mumbai Indians, Pollard scored 2755 runs at a good average of 28.69 and an excellent strike rate of 146.77. The all-rounder also took 56 wickets and 82 catches in his outstanding career in the IPL. Pollard had a bad season in 2019 and featured in nine games only for Mumbai. His average was just 19 which clearly impacted Mumbai’s performance. But Mumbai didn’t forget to back their veteran even in 2019 and he made a decent run.
When it comes to the most loyal player of Indian Premier League, probably Virat Kohli is the one. Even the unsuccessful campaigns of Royal Challengers Bangalore did not stop Kohli from constantly lending support to his team. The Indian cricket team captain started his IPL career as a player of Bangalore and went on to lead the eventually from 2013 season. In 177 matches Kohli scored 5412 runs at an average of 37.84 and strike rate of131.61. He has five centuries and 36 half-centuries to his name. In 2016, he scored 973 runs to take his team to finale although RCB missed out on a golden chance from a winning title against Hyderabad.