There was a time when the IPL was considered to be only a stage for Indian players to showcase their talent. But then, the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, and AB de Villiers were signed by franchises and they made a major impact in the league. The trend went on and nowadays, overseas players play an important role in any franchise’s plans to win the IPL trophy.
With the current international scenario, the likes of Moeen Ali, David Warner, and Liam Livingstone can be the game changers the franchises are looking for. Despite the fact that there are only four spaces available for international players, they will undoubtedly be considered and discussed.
As a result, we take a look at ten international cricketers who have the potential to make an impression in the forthcoming edition.
Moeen Ali: One of the best limited-overs spinners in the game, Moeen was elevated to CSK’s number three spot last year and delivered.. In 15 games, he accounted for 357 runs.
Meanwhile, he is more than good when he gets the ball in his hands. Despite the fact that he only took six wickets last season, he is expected to improve his game this season because the matches will be held in Mumbai, where he will have a good turnout.
Trent Boult: Trent Boult was one of the best death bowlers for Mumbai Indians last season and finished with 25 wickets from 16 matches. His economy rate of 8.38 RPO was also not bad considering the kind of pitches that were on offer in the UAE.
The Kiwi pacer will once again lead MI’s pace attack and it remains to be seen if he can replicate his last season’s heroics this time around too.
David Warner: What happened with Warner was disconcerting. Suddenly, his team began to lose, and he was stripped of his captaincy as well as his place in the lineup.
No surprise that he moved on from Sunrisers Hyderabad to Delhi Capitals. Suddenly, his team began to lose, and he was stripped of his captaincy as well as his place in the lineup.
Pat Cummins: He was the most expensive foreign player at the 2014 IPL auctions and he is an integral part of the KKR unit now. Pat Cummins has become a household name in Australian cricket, especially after his heroics in the Border Gavaskar Trophy. He has had a topsy-turvy career so far, with several injuries hampering his progress.
Cummins was freed last year, but when the auctions took place recently, KKR lost no time in pursuing the Australia Test skipper.
With a splurge of Rs 7.25 Cr, the management is very clear where they stand with the 28-year-old. In all probability, he will lead the pace attack and if he repeats his performances in the past, then the opposition might find it very difficult to get going.
Cummins has 23 wickets for KKR in 25 games, with an average of 34 and an economy rate of 8.32. Apart from his batting prowess, his experience as a Test captain adds to his resume; he may be a valuable addition to the think tank.
Andre Russell: The West Indian’s breakout year came in 2019 when he racked up 510 runs in just 14 games while averaging 57. But his form has dipped in the last two years, be it Covid induced bio bubbles or whatever it may be.
He has let the squad down with run totals of 183 and 117. Despite this, KKR’s management has decided to keep him. It’s now or never to use the bat. As an all-rounder, he is the finisher and first change seamer, both of which are critical roles.
A lot will be riding on him because when he gets going, he just bats opponents out in a jiffy.
Dewald Brevis: Brevis made his impact for the first time while competing in the ICC Under-19 World Cup a few months back. At number three, he was known as ‘Baby AB,’ and he aced the tournament, scoring 506 runs.
Although he may start on the bench for the Mumbai Indians, an injury to a key player might provide a rare opportunity for the cricket-crazed Mumbai public to watch this next-generation prospect.