All of us are geared up for the IPL!
The Internationals are over and the players are back for the VIVO IPL, the most popular T20 show on Earth. Like every year, there is a strong buzz over the competition. More because of the revamped squads every team has in their ranks.
Each team has a unique blend of young talent, experience and foreign superpower. As for young talents are concerned, IPL is considered as their breakthrough stage. The experienced players know how to make good use of the Indian Subcontinent and have a deep knowledge about the pitches of different stadiums. Lastly, we are in the Foreign players’ quota.
Foreigner players are the major centre of attraction for their antics on and off the pitch. Players from around the world showcase their talent and prove what they can do in the shortest format of the game. Today we are going to talk about the top 10 foreigners from the different teams all must look up to. So without much ado, let’s begin.
1) Ben Stokes (RAJASTHAN ROYALS)
He is probably the best all-rounder of the modern game right now. Gifted with beautiful stroke play and equivalently superb death bowling , he is a player any team would like to have. Bought by the Royals for a colossal amount of 12.5 crores, he is sure to light up Sawai Mansingh Stadium. He will be a key aspect of the team in the absence of banned Aussie Steve Smith.
2) Chris Morris (DELHI DAREDEVILS)
The Delhi franchise has yet to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and things have not gone their way ever since. They have reshaped their squad on each and every occasions but in vain. Last year they had a good auction where they picked up the South African all-rounder Morris for a hefty fee.
He impressed in his debut season. He has the ability to pick wickets at regular intervals and is a specialist in the slower deliveries. His batting is credible as well. Morris plays well against spin and can hit neat blows. His experience is key to Delhi and new Captain Gautam Gambhir will look to extract the most out of him.
3) Kane Williamson (SUNRISERS HYDERABAD)
The New Zealand skipper will take charge of SRH in place of the banned David Warner. A lot relies on him. He is an exquisite strike player and can find the gaps very well. He attacks spin and loves to play on the back foot. Williamson has a good squad as their franchise has retained the core of the team which has been widely successful. His leadership abilities gives SRH breathing space ahead of the tournament.
4) Glenn Maxwell (DELHI DAREDEVILS)
Mad Max had a very strong season with Kings XI in the 7th edition.His exploits nearly took the Punjab outfit to the title. Eventually, they finished runners-up to Kolkata Knight Riders. From the very first match fans witnessed his explosiveness.
A very good fielder in the long on region, he is master at direct hits and can take screamers as well. Maxwell can hit the ball to any corner. Gifted with a strong backhand and a lovely wrist movement, his lofted reverse sweeps were a treat to watch. Much depends on him if Delhi are to win.
5) AB de Villiers ( ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE)
He is undoubtedly the most successful wicket-keeper batsman in the competition. From Delhi to Bangalore wherever he has gone he has flourished. He can play any shot in any way. De Villiers can reverse sweep a short delivery or can scoop a Yorker into the stands. Mr 360 as he is known, didn’t have a great outing last time out but will leave no stone unturned this year as his team focuses on winning the elusive title.
6) Andre Russell (KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS)
Russell is a big hitter and is loved by the people of Kolkata. A very reliable all-rounder when on form, he can hit the ball out of the park with utmost ease. Russell possesses a strong right hand which allows him to bowl with speeds of 140+ kmph.
His absence was heavily felt last year as Knights succumbed to a disappointing Eliminator exit vs Mumbai Indians. Russell adds that extra bit of energy and enthusiasm to the dressing room and his contributions will be demanding again this year.
7) Colin Munro (DELHI DAREDEVILS)
While his purchase might not have made waves like Jaydev Unadkat’s and Ben Stokes’, it is perhaps the best buy of the IPL 2018 auction. He mostly plays in the top order and can give Delhi Daredevils a lot of quick runs up top. With him on the other end, Gautam Gambhir can play his natural game of taking time to settle, before playing his flamboyant signature shots.
Now he is not an absolute all-rounder, but he has his talents with the ball. The New Zealander bowls decent medium pacers that sometimes helps his teams by breaking well-set partnerships.
A bargain for Delhi no doubt. Firoz Shah Kotla will be waiting for his exploits.
8) Chris Lynn (KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS)
He was the top scorer in the Big Bash League in Australia and finished with a strike rate of 179.8 for the Brisbane Heat. Lynn is super strong and can dismantle even the best pace attacks. He likes to attack the short balls, likes to pull it over the leg side for Big maximums. His shoulder injury appears to be a slight cause of concern for the Knights but is set to take part from the very beginning. When on song, we know what he did vs RCB last year. Well, isn’t that enough?
9) Kagiso Rabada (DELHI DAREDEVILS)
Rabada, the right-arm fast bowler, was one of the top buys (5 crores) for the Daredevils in IPL debut in 2017. He bowled stupendously well in the tournament. In IPL 2018 auction, the fast bowler from South Africa was retained via RTM card by DD for ₹4.20 crore.
One of the most sought-after pacers, Rabada has emerged to be South Africa’s crucial player across formats, aiming to stop the marauding batsmen. His fiery spells will be sought after for early breakthroughs and Gambhir knows that he has a lethal weapon with the ball.
10) Evin Lewis (MUMBAI INDIANS)
His exploits in the shorter formats of the game were the reason why Lewis was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.80 crore in IPL auction 2018. For an upcoming left-handed opening batsman, especially in the modern game, that’s a fairly smart pick. At IPL auctions 2018, Lewis was one of the hottest properties.
One thing that the West Indian gives his fans is entertainment and that is what Indian Premier League somewhat stands for- ‘Entertainment at its best.’ His drastic rise to stardom from starring for Trinidad and Tobago didn’t go unnoticed as he is a key aspect for Mumbai this year and will go to the opener with all guns blazing.