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What is the longest gap between two IPL matches for a player?

What is the longest gap between two IPL matches for a player?

  • Harpreet Singh Bhatia, a veteran Indian cricketer, made a record-breaking comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2023 after a hiatus of 3981 days, surpassing Matthew Wade’s previous record of 3962 days.
  • Bhatia’s return to the IPL marks the longest gap for a player between two IPL matches, making him the player with the longest gap in IPL history.
  • Bhatia’s perseverance and dedication to the sport have earned him a spot in the playing eleven for Punjab Kings, and his record-breaking comeback is a testament to the power of hard work and determination.

Punjab Kings’ veteran Indian cricketer Harpreet Singh Bhatia has made his way into the record books after making his long-awaited comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL) in a game against Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2023. This marks his first appearance in the competition since 2012, the longest gap between two IPL matches for a player.

Which player holds the record for longest gap between two IPL matches?

Bhatia has had a journeyman career in the IPL, starting with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2010 before moving to Pune Warriors India in 2011. Despite being a domestic circuit veteran, he was not given many opportunities to showcase his skills in the IPL, even when he was roped in as a replacement for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2017.

However, Bhatia’s perseverance has paid off, and he now holds the record for the longest gap between two IPL matches, with a hiatus of 3981 days, surpassing Matthew Wade’s record of 3962 days. In third place is Wayne Parnell, who returned to the IPL after a gap of 3242 days, followed by Rilee Rossouw in fourth place with a gap of 2899 days, and Colin Ingram in fifth place with 2862 days.

Bhatia’s comeback is a testament to his hard work and dedication to the sport, and it has earned him a spot in the Punjab Kings’ playing eleven. He will undoubtedly be looking to make the most of this opportunity and contribute to his team’s success in the tournament.

As an Indian player, Bhatia also holds the second-longest gap between two IPL matches, with 2181 days between his two IPL outings, placing him behind Shreevats Goswami. Nevertheless, his feat of having the longest gap between two IPL matches overall is an impressive one and is sure to be a source of pride for him.

Harpreet Singh Bhatia’s record-breaking IPL comeback is a story of perseverance and dedication. Despite not getting many chances in the tournament, he has managed to etch his name into the record books with a long-awaited return. His feat is a reminder that hard work and determination can lead to success, even in the face of adversity.

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