Imran Tahir, the South African spin bowler, has a fascinating record to his name. Although he was the highest wicket-taker in the IPL 2019, the record that I’m talking about is for having played with the most number of teams. He has played for 55 teams around the world which is just astounding. Many people remember him playing for the Chennai Super Kings and the South African National team, but he has also played for Delhi Daredevils, Derbyshire, Dolphins, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Duronto Rajshahi, Eastern Transvaal, Easterns, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Hampshire 2nd XI, ICC World XI, Lahore City, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Lahore Whites, Lions, Melbourne Renegades, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, Multan Sultans, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, North Eastern Transvaal, North of Pakistan, Nottinghamshire, Pakistan A, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Under-19s, Pakistan XI, Patron’s XI, Redco Pakistan Ltd, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sialkot, South Africa A, South African Board President’s XI, South African Invitation XI, Staffordshire, Sui Gas Corporation of Pakistan, Surrey, Sussex 2nd XI, Sylhet Thunder, Titans, Warriors, Warwickshire, Warwickshire 2nd XI, Water and Power Development Authority, World Masters, World XI, World-XI and Yorkshire. That’s 55 teams in total.
No other player has even come close to matching the feat if Imran Tahir. The player that comes closest is Shoaib Malik who has played for 45 teams. So far he has played for Pakistan, Asia XI, Barbados Tridents, Bradman XI, Central Punjab (Pakistan), Chittagong Vikings, Comilla Victorians, Delhi Daredevils, Gloucestershire, Gujranwala, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hobart Hurricanes, ICC World XI, Imtiaz Ahmed’s XI, Jaffna Stallions, Karachi Kings, Karachi Whites, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Fighters, Multan Sultans, North West Frontier Province-Baluchistan, Pakistan Cricket Board Blues, Pakistan Cricket Board Greens, Pakistan Cricket Board Patron’s XI, Pakistan Cricket Board XI, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Masters, Pakistan Reserves, Pakistan Reserves, Pakistan Under-15s, Pakistan Under-19s, Peshawar Zalmi, Punjab (Pakistan), Punjab Badshahs, Punjab Stallions, Rajshahi Royals, Sialkot Cricket Association, Sialkot Region, Sialkot Stallions, Sind Governor’s XI, Sui Southern Gas Corporation, Uva Next, Vancouver Knights, Warwickshire, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited. That’s 45 teams in total.
Other notable names who have played for a large number of teams are Bravo (38) and Afridi (27). Players like Gayle and Pollard have also played for many teams but come nowhere close to that of Tahir’s numbers. With such an extensive list he could only b compared to Brahmanandam the South Indian actor who holds the Guinness record for featuring in more than 1000 movies, the most of any actor in the world.