Pandya brothers have been teammates at Mumbai Indians since 2016. Photo: BCCI&
- Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan were first pair of brothers to feature in the Indian Premier League
- Shaun and his brother, Mitchell, also joined the list in the next couple of seasons
- Hardik and his brother, Krunal Pandya, are teammates at Mumbai Indians
The only pair of brothers to have won an ICC trophy for India, Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan were also regulars in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the majority of their respective careers. While Irfan often moved from one team to another, Yusuf was part of three teams during his career. The Pathan brothers were the first pair of brothers who took part in IPL.
There have been other pairs of brothers who have gone on to play IPL, together or against. Today, we will have a look at 5 pairs of brothers who have been part of IPL –
The Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – have been regular in IPL since their debuts. A little-known player back then, Hardik had first joined Mumbai Indians (MI) at his base price of Rs 10 lakh in IPL 2015 auction. He shone in his maiden IPL season and was a capped player before the next season.
Krunal joined MI next year for a big amount of Rs 2 crore in 2016. His price suggests that the franchises had followed his domestic career. Krunal has been a regular in the MI set-up and was retained by the franchise for a mega-amount of Rs 8.8 crore in the IPL 2018 auction. He is also a capped player.
Tom Curran and his brother, Sam Curran, have been part of IPL for the past few years. Tom had kicked off his IPL journey after being called up by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as Mitchell Starc’s replacement for IPL 2018. He wasn’t part of IPL 2019. Tom returned to the league in 2020 after being bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 1 crore. In IPL 2021 auction, he joined Delhi Capitals for Rs 5.25 crore.
Sam made his IPL debut for Punjab Kings, in 2019, after being bought for Rs 7.2 crore. He was released after one season and joined Chennai Super Kings for Rs 5.5 crore next year. While Tom hasn’t had a great run in the league so far, Sam has been the go-to player for his teams and could be retained by CSK next year.
Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh have been part of IPL for over a decade. Shaun made the first impression in the inaugural season when he scored 616 runs for Punjab Kings (PBKS), most in the tournament. He remained a key member of PBKS.
On the other hand, Mitchell has switched teams over the years and has been part of Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Pune Warriors and Rising Pune Supergiant. Despite being ruled out of the tournament after just one game last year, Mitchell was retained by SRH for IPL 2021. But he withdrew from the tournament. Both the players are unlikely to play IPL now.
Michael Hussey and David Hussey haven’t just played IPL, they have also coached IPL teams. Michael, who represented Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI), is the present batting coach of the Yellow Army. David, who played for PBKS, CSK and KKR, is the mentor of KKR. Interestingly, David was on commentary duties during IPL 2014 when CSK added him to their squad to replace Dwayne Bravo.
McCullum brothers, Brendon and Nathan, also feature in the list. While Brendon is an IPL legend, Nathan only played 2 matches for Pune Warriors in 2011. Brendon has donned the hats of a player, coach and commentator in the league. He is presently the head coach of KKR. Nathan hasn’t been a part of the IPL since 2011.