While the nation have dished out nothing but ‘empty stands’ for the matches which features non-IPL teams in the past, the teams from the other cricketing nations have been no inferior to the IPL teams- Winning two editions (New South Wales Blues and Sydney Sixers) out of four so far. They play good quality cricket, have good depth of domestic talents who make a name for themselves here (like Sunil Narine or Kieron Pollard) and their own share of Icon players. In this piece of article, I get to focus on the established International players who are all set to play for their domestic teams. Brendon Mccullum – Otago Volts
The New Zealand skipper needs no introduction in the cricket fraternity, especially in the shortest form of the game. This man gave the license for the Indian Premier League in the very first match of the tournament brutally smashing 158* for Kolkata Knight Riders vs. the Royal Challengers Bangalore and it stood holding the record for the highest IPL individual score until the Caribbean calypso demolished it last summer. The right handed batsman has the versatility of batting at any number, playing the text book shots and improvising when needed. Having two International T20 hundreds adds much more to his rich T20 caliber. Watch out for the Kiwi’s electric performance for the Volts this September.
Kumar Sangakkara – Kandurata Maroons
The Srilankan cricket board morally forced their former captain play for the island nation’s champions over Sun risers Hyderabad by stirring up the media questioning his loyalty and in this process he will lose $140,000 by not turning up for the Sunrisers side. Having captained Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad and playing infinite number of times in India for the national colours, he has the valuable experience of playing in the Indian wickets. He has the rich ability of converting good starts into a bigger one which is much essential in this demanding format where players throw away the wicket aiming for the boundaries. Kandurata Maroons has its share of local star glitz in the form of Upul Tharanga and Nuwan Kulasekara.
The new technique he adopted in 2011 is effective and threatening till date. In the very same year, he grabbed the spot light picking up 10 wickets for Trinidad and Tobago in CLT20. Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for $70,000 the very next summer and he became the Purple Cap Holder with 24 wickets. He was named as the man of the series for being the primary reason for his side’s maiden title. The mystery spinner opted to play for KKR in 2012, and now he is back to represent the Caribbean franchise. He bowls giving away less than twenty runs in most of the T20 games and manages to pick 2-3 wickets every time he bowls. Playing the CLT20 fantasy league? Don’t forget to pick him.
AB DE Villiers – Titans
One of the best finishers around the world at present day, De Villiers has played just one game in the Champions League so far. The versatility of playing at any number and adopting according to the situation demands makes him one of the best in business. He can entertain you playing a straight drive the first ball and score a six through a spontaneous scoop the very next ball. Nothing is lost until DE Villiers is on. (Read Titans preview: http://bit.ly/15dXcmI ) More names such as Shaun Marsh [Scorchers] who was the orange cap holder of the very first season of IPL, Morne Morkel [Titans] who is one of the best bowlers around the globe, Ryan Ten Doeschate [Volts], Nathan Mccullum [Volts], Ravi Rampal [T&T], Ajantha Mendis [Maroons] are other names who have established themselves in the International cricket in the past.