The Indian Premier League is loved and hated in equal measure. For purists, it’s a format that has degenerated real cricket. On the contrary, for contemporary audiences, it has revitalized sports. However, one cannot argue about the benefits of IPL. It has made the Indian board extremely powerful, brought in sponsors in huge numbers, made international players want to play in front of a domestic audience, made the Indian youngsters adept at absorbing pressure and delivering under pressure.
All of these highlights have played a huge role in raising the stocks of IPL globally. Today it’s a highly followed league with its viewership spanning North America, Europe, and Australia. The seriousness of the league has also grown and won it has become a symbol of honor and pride.
Even the foreign players play with immense dedication doing everything possible to be on the winning side. We look at 5 foreign players who have had the privilege to lift the trophy twice.
He has won the IPL trophy in his time with Chennai Super Kings. He has been a CSK loyalist ever since the second season when he moves there from Mumbai Indians. He has been featured in every season of CSK since 2009. He has been a vital cog in the setup and continues to play a prime role. He won the trophy in 2010,2011 and 2018.
Bravo’s West Indian buddy is also on the list. Like Bravo, he too has been a die-hard loyalist of Mumbai Indians. He has been with the franchise for more than a decade now. His end innings big-hitting, bowling off-cutters, and taking extraordinary catches at the boundary have been catalyzing for Mumbai Indians to win the trophy a massive 5 times. He has been part of every campaign and continues to be an integral part of the team.
3.Marchant de Lange
South African pacer Marchant de Lange has had the shortest career for someone who has won two IPL titles, given that he played a mere five games across three seasons. De Lange played three of those games for KKR in their first IPL success of 2012. He made a trail-blazing debut in his first IPL when he picked up a flurry of wickets for KKR. He played a game apiece in 2014 and 2015 for the Mumbai Indians and thus ended up winning IPL 2015.
Another quirky name on the list is Oram. The Kiwi all-rounder is not the most common name to strike people when asked about two-time IPL winners. He was part of Chennai’s squad that won their first IPL trophy in 2010 but as luck would have it, he did not get a single game in the season. His next IPL trophy came with Mumbai Indians in 2013 where even though he did play, it was a solitary game with relatively not much contribution with bat and ball.
5.Ryan Ten Doeschate
It can be said that the Dutchman’s prime years matched with KKR’s prime years. He won both his IPL trophy with KKR under the abled captaincy of Gautam Gambhir in 2012 and 2014. He was tactfully utilized by Gambhir as and when required. He did hit a few biggies and bowled a few handy overs. It can be said that ever since Doeschate stopped playing for KKR, their fortunes have also taken a downturn.