The Indian Premier League (IPL) has witnessed the greatest of skippers in its history. The well-known players like MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Gautam Gambhir are leading their franchises. There are still some players who have been performing exceptional rendering their professional services for a long time but never got a chance to command their team.
Here are the five players who have made most appearances in the cash-rich T20 league but never featured in as the skipper:
5 players with most IPL appearances who never captained their teams
5- AB De Villiers – 154 appearances:
AB De Villiers, despite being the skipper of his national South Africa team, never got a chance to captain IPL team. Marking his appearance in 154 matches with 4,395 runs, the management did not utilize his captaincy skills. Although the vacancy was left back in 2017 when Virat Kohli was not the part, but the selection authorities decided to go with Shane Watson instead of De Villiers for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
4- Piyush Chawla – 157 appearances:
Piyush Chawla, who started his career featuring for with Kings XI Punjab, was later seemed to play for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). None of both ever gave him a chance to show his captaincy skills despite his presence in the 157 matches. However, he has been auctioned for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) where he will be continuing his 584 runs and 150 wickets in IPL 2020.
3- Ravindra Jadeja – 170 appearances:
Ravindra Jadeja, having 170 IPL appearances Rajhastan Royals, Gujrat Lions, Tuskers Kerala respectively, has been the part of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for last twelve years. With 1,927 runs and 108 wickets to his name, the management did not think of using his captaincy services as CSK have the other potent players like Dhoni too.
4- Yusuf Pathan – 174 appearances:
174 appearances and still more to go – he has not captained any side despite being a player for Rajhastan Royals (RR), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and finally David Warner’s Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH). A total of 3,204 runs sensibly knocked while grabbing 42 wickets have left him unsold for IPL 2020.
1- Robin Uthappa – 177 appearances:
Robin Uthappa seems to have 177 appearances since the beginning. He has smashed 4,411 runs starting his journey from Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Pune Warriors, and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The player kept on rendering his services ordinarily for all mentioned franchises but never got a chance to captain under him.