The stature of Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore are almost the same in terms of their fan-base, but the two franchises don’t quite match each other in terms of their performance on the field.
While Mumbai Indians have gone from strength to strength over the years and have won 4 IPL titles, RCB’s trophy cabinet is still empty and they have failed to even qualify for the playoffs in the recent times.
Here are the 5 cricketers who have played for both MI and RCB –
#1 Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa featured for MI in the very first season of the IPL in 2008, but his overall performance in that season was not good enough for Mumbai to give him a contract extension. The right-hander was released by Mumbai ahead of IPL 2009 and it was Royal Challengers Bangalore who secured the services of Uthappa for the next couple of seasons.
Uthappa scored 549 runs for RCB in 31 games at the strike rate of 141.49 with 4 fifties.
#2 Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik’s involvement with Mumbai Indians was very successful as he was a part of the Mumbai Indians squad which won the IPL title for the first time ever in 2013, but Karthik’s stint with RCB in 2015 proved to be really horrible.
RCB wasn’t really able to achieve anything collectively in that particular season, but Karthik had a really bad run with the bat as well, as he just averaged a tad more than 12 in the 16 games that he played in IPL 2015.
#3 Vinay Kumar
Vinay Kumar is one of those rare bowlers who have performed better playing for RCB than for MI. That’s probably because Vinay played for RCB when he was at the peak of his career from 2008 to 2013, while he came to MI when he had already started to fade away as a bowler.
Vinay, till date, is RCB’s second-highest wicket-taker of all time with 72 wickets in 64 games at an average of 25.31.
#4 Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey was signed by Mumbai Indians for the inaugural IPL season in 2008, but they kept him on the bench right through the season as he was too young at that time. However, Pandey was handed his IPL debut the next year when he went to RCB.
Pandey became the first-ever player to score a hundred in the history of RCB as he scored 114 runs, opening the batting in his debut IPL game in 2009.
#5 Saurabh Tiwary
Saurabh Tiwary’s performance for Mumbai Indians in 2010 not only enhanced his stocks in the market, it made the Indian selectors take notice as well, as the Jharkhand left-hander got to play for India very soon after that season.
Also, in the next season, RCB bought him at a whopping price of over 7 crore INR, but Tiwary couldn’t quite replicate his MI performance at RCB and faded away soon.