Apart from all the entertainment provided by IPL, its tendency to unearth young and new talent, every year has made it different from all other leagues of the world. Players like Manan Vohra, Shreyas Iyer, Pravin Tambe, Sanju Samson became household names due to IPL. IPL gives the debutants a chance to share the dressing room with the biggest cricket stars and getting coached by World class coaching staff. They get the chance to perform
in front of huge crowds which do the world of good to their confidence. Just like every year, fans are looking forward to seeing more new players in this year’s IPL too.
Sportzwiki picks five overseas players to watch out for in this IPL:
1. Travis Head:
Team: Royal Challengers Bangalore
A talented left-hand batsman earmarked for big things at a young age, Travis Head earned his first call-up to Australia’s squad at the age of 22 for a series of Twenty20s against India in early 2016. A classy left-hand batsman, Head hammered a century to help Adelaide Strikers beat Sydney Sixers in the 2015-16 Big Bash League, which prompted the great Adam Gilchrist to change his Twitter profile picture to one of Head leaping up and punching the air. Needing 51 runs from the last 18 balls, Travis Head scored every single of the remaining runs to grab everyone’s attention around the world.
2. Sam Billings:
Team: Delhi Daredevils
Sam Billings, an inventive cricketer, and fiercely-competitive all-round sportsman made his England debut against New Zealand at Edgbaston in 2015. He grabbed everyone’s attention by scoring 53 runs off 25 balls against Pakistan in Dubai.
3. Mustafizur Rahman:
Team: Sunrisers Hyderabad
One of the most exciting and talented bowlers in the world right now, Mustafizur’s yorker to dismiss Andre Russell has made people sit and take notice of him. Armed with a great slower one, Mustafizur has all the variations in his armoury to keep the run rate under check against any batsman. He is definitely the most sought after debutant in this year’s IPL.
4. Andrew Tye:
Team: Gujarat Lions
Making his international debut at the age of 29, Andrew Tye’s ability to hit his yorkers at the death makes him especially prized in the shorter format of the game. Australian opener Aaron Finch described him as the “Find of the tournament” on his tweeter account after Tye led Perth Scorchers to the BBL title in 2014-15.
5. Adam Zampa:
Team: Rising Pune Supergiants
His brilliant display in the recently concluded World T20, where he took 5 wickets at an average of 13.80 , has made people take notice of the leg-spinner from Australia.In T20, he has proven a hard man to get away, with subtle changes of pace and variations including a wrong one and straight ball making up for a lack of prodigious turn.