Royal Challengers Bangalore recently made an announcement of starting the “Hall of Fame” for the franchise. AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle were announced as the first two entrants. It is an interesting idea and other teams could also take a leaf out of it. In this article, we take a look at two Hall of Fame candidates for each IPL franchise if they announce just like RCB did recently. However, RCB had a few criteria for players to be eligible for the honor. They are listed below:
- The player should have played for RCB for a minimum of 3 years.
- Not a part of the IPL currently.
- Should have had a significant impact on brand RCB on and off the field.
If other teams also followed the same criteria, here are the probable Hall of Fame candidates for them:
Chennai Super Kings – Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey
The first name that comes to our mind about CSK is that of MS Dhoni. However, since MSD is still part of the league, we have Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey as the two candidates. While Raina has scored more than 5000 runs and is the highest run-getter for CSK, Hussey is the fourth-highest run-scorer for the franchise. The latter is also part of the backroom staff of the team currently.
Mumbai Indians – Sachin Tendulkar and Lasith Malinga
When it comes to the Hall of Fame candidates for each IPL franchise, the five-time champions have an easy job. Sachin Tendulkar is the face of the franchise and is also the first Indian to win the Orange Cap. Hence, he takes up one slot while the highest wicket-taker for the team Lasith Malinga takes the other. The latter’s 170-wickets record was recently toppled by Dwayne Bravo.
Delhi Capitals – Virender Sehwag and Amit Mishra
Sehwag was the identity for Delhi in the initial seasons. He also scored 2382 runs at a strike rate of 158 for the unit. On the other hand, the highest wicket-taking Indian in IPL Amit Mishra took 110 of his scalps while at Delhi. Therefore, the duo is part of this list.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Gautam Gambhir and Brendon McCullum
Just like Mumbai Indians, KKR also has an easy task. Gautam Gambhir won two titles for the franchise and also scored heavily for them. Hence, he is the No.1 choice. Brendon McCullum helped KKR establish a brand from the first game itself. The Kiwi has also led and is currently coaching the franchise. Therefore, it is apt that he is part of KKR’s list when it comes to Hall of Fame candidates for each IPL franchise.
Punjab Kings – Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist
The fact that it is hard to pick two good candidates for PBKS is proof that the franchise has not enjoyed a lot of success. Nevertheless, the Orange Cap winner of IPL 2008 Shaun Marsh is still the second-highest run-scorer behind KL Rahul for the franchise. Therefore, he comes to this list. Gilchrist only scored 849 runs for the team but he had a role to play in a few decently successful seasons as the skipper. Hence, he is part of the list.
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Deccan Chargers – Dale Steyn and Adam Gilchrist
SRH was a late entrant and hence, we have considered Deccan Chargers as well. Dale Steyn is the fifth-highest wicket-taker of SRH with 39 scalps. He is also the current bowling coach of the unit. While the South African is one option, Gilchrist, who led the Deccan Chargers to the title in IPL 2009 is the other candidate.
Rajasthan Royals – Shane Warne and Shane Watson
RR’s only successful season so far came in IPL 2008. It was the Aussie duo that had the major influence in that campaign. For a few more years, as well, Warne and Watson were crucial for the franchise. Hence, they are the likely picks for RR.