Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, are arguably two of the biggest teams in the IPL. Chennai has its trophies to validate that statement, while RCB, still yet to win a tournament, has shown its grit and positive mindset across the years of the tournament. To play for either one of them is a big honor, but there are a few players, who have had the opportunity to don the bright yellow jersey of Chennai and the dashing red of Bangalore.  Now changing teams in IPL is a regular feat, it is in no way equal to or even close to a situation such as a footballer who once played for Madrid, then, later on, went to represent Barcelona. The players on this list are not hated by the opposition fans, instead, they are happy for the services they have provided. So let us take a look at the 5 players who have played for the Chennai dons and for the Bangalore gangsters as well.


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First on the list is the Maharashtra-born all-rounder, Kedar Jadhav. Kedar started his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils, in 2010, before playing for Kochi Tuskers Kerala and then another 3 seasons at Delhi, before joining Royal Challengers Bangalore. He spent two seasons at Bangalore, and Chennai snapped him up for the next 3 seasons.  While playing for Bangalore, Jadhav scored a total of 309 runs, with a top score of 69, coming in the 2017 edition of the tournament. While playing for Chennai, Jadhav scored a total of 186 runs, with a high score of 58. His number is not the greatest, but we all know what a terrific player he is. He is currently with Sunrisers Hyderabad. Jadhav has scored a total of 1141 runs in the IPL at a strike rate of 124.15. 


The South African all-rounder started his IPL career with Chennai Super Kings, where he spent 6 seasons with them. During the 6 seasons he spent with them, he was famous for his excellent batting skills. He has single-handed carried CSK to victory on many occasions. His ability to clear the boundary was insane. Morkel also chipped in with his bowling, he picked up 76 wickets in 78 matches. Morkel scored 827 runs in the 6 seasons he spent with CSK. Morkel had a high score of 131. RCB picked him up for the 2014 edition of the tournament. He only spent a single season with them, unfortunately, he was not able to replicate his form with CSK, and after one season he was purchased by Delhi Daredevils. Morkel ended his IPL career with Rising Pune Supergiants. He scored a total of  974 runs and took 85 wickets in just 91 matches.


Brendon McCullum is most famously known for his 158 in the inaugural edition of the IPL. He has played for KKR, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Gujarat Lions. He joined Chennai in 2014 and spent 2 seasons there. The two seasons McCullum spent at Chennai were very impressive, he scored 405 and 436 runs respectively. He had a high score of 100 not out. After CSK got banned for the 2015 season, McCullum shifted to Gujarat Lions. After two seasons with Gujarat, he was purchased by RCB in 2018. Similar to Albie Morkel, Brendon McCullum also couldn’t replicate his form with CSK.  In his single season with them, he had a high score of 88. He scored 127 runs in 6 matches and had a strike rate of 144.31. That was also his last season in the IPL. McCullum played a total of 109 matches and scored a total of 2880, with had a high score of 158. He scored a total of 2 centuries and 13 half-centuries.


Shane Watson is arguably one of the greatest foreign players in the IPL. Shane Watson started his career with Rajasthan Royals, where he spent 8 seasons with them, he was also instrumental in Rajasthan’s maiden trophy win. He was later picked up by RCB for the 2016 season. He spent 2 seasons with Bangalore but didn’t fit in. His high scores in the two-season with RCB were 36 and 24. He scored a total of 270 runs in 22 matches. Watson was more impressed with the ball, he managed to pick up 25 wickets in the 2 seasons he spent with RCB. He was picked up by CSK for the 2018 season,  he spent 3 seasons with CSK. He performed better for CSK, scoring 1252 runs in 33 matches. He had a high score of 117 not out. Watson has scored a total of 3874 runs in 15 matches. 


The wicket-keeper batsmen started his IPL career with CSK. He spent 3 seasons with CSK. In the 3 seasons he spent with  Chennai, he scored 516 runs with a high score of 57. He joined RCB ahead of the 2014 season. In the single-season he spent with him, he scored 205 runs with a top score of 57 not out. However, Parthiv had a second stint with RCB. He was with RCB from 2018 till 2020. During that 3 seasons, Parthiv scored a total of 526 runs, with a high score of 67. 

These are the 5 players who have played for both RCB and CSK. Who knows, maybe in the future Virat Kohli might play for Chennai Super Kings.