The IPL 2021 did have a lot of actions in the first half of the tournament until it was suspended due to the surge in Covid-19 cases among the players in the bio-bubble. The Overseas players did take a big risk by staying in the country despite all that’s happening around and they will be relieved to be back in their nation.
Four overseas players pulled out of the IPL 2021 citing Covid reasons and the remaining players had to step up in time for the franchises. Teams like Rajasthan Royals who have relied too much on the overseas players, felt the heat as they had only four overseas options available and it was a tough task for them. Here is the best overseas XI of IPL 2021.
Best Overseas XI Of IPL 2021:
Faf Du Plessis:
Faf Du Plessis had a brilliant start to the season and he had a major impact on the Chennai Super Kings this year. The South African batsman who retired from test cricket to concentrate on limited-overs cricket did show a lot of intent and he is an electric fielder too. He finished with 320 runs in 7 games at the third spot in the race for the orange cap.
Jos Buttler found his feat in the last game for the Rajasthan Royals after a string of low scores. He showed why he is one of the best T20 players in the world and he can hit sixes to all parts of the ground. He scored a big hundred against Sunrisers which allowed Rajasthan to put up a massive total. Buttler had to step up being the senior player in the side and he finished with 254 runs in 7 games at the seventh position in the orange cap standings.
Moeen Ali has proved to be a great addition to the Chennai Super Kings side as he has delivered whenever he has been given a chance. The off-spinning all-rounder was promoted to number three in the batting order and it did reap benefits as he played with a lot of freedom. He finished with 206 runs in 6 games and picked up 5 wickets too at a very decent economy rate.
Glenn Maxwell who was picked up for a hefty price in the auction by the RCB franchise was assigned a different role this year rather than finishing and he did an excellent job with the bat. Maxwell scored 223 runs in 6 innings for the franchise and he was the top scorer for his team too. He bailed them out of tough situations and showed a lot of character for the team by taking calculative risks in the crease.
AB Devilliers has been a consistent performer for the RCB franchise over the years and he did continue to have a great impact in this season too. De Villiers has scored 207 runs in 7 games until the tournament was suspended and he won games of his own for the franchise. He still has the flavour needed for the biggest stages and did look in good touch.
Kieron Pollard did not start the tournament well but capitalized in the end with a scintillating knock in the game against Chennai Super Kings. He scored an unbeaten 87 off just 25 balls which helped Mumbai Indians overcome a daunting task of a 218 run chase. Pollard can also bowl some overs in the middle if needed and he can be very destructive at the end over.
Sam Curran was very impressive in the IPL 2021 with the bat and ball as well. Curran did not score as many runs as he would have liked but did pick up wickets at regular intervals. He turned out to be a great asset for the team scoring important knocks at the end and picked up 9 wickets in 7 games. He was the go-to bowler for Dhoni this IPL and proved to be a match-winner.
Pat Cummins did not have the best of seasons last year but he proved to be very effective this season in the powerplay as well as the back end. Cummins also showed his batting prowess by almost pulling off a victory for KKR against CSK and picked up 9 wickets in the 7 games he played. He is a fantastic all-rounder and he would be looking to continue his good run of form if the IPL restarts.
Chris Morris found his best form in the IPL in the last few games and turned out to be the most valuable player for the Rajasthan Royals. Morris’s batting effort won the game against Delhi Capitals and he won three games of his own for the Royals. He picked up 14 wickets in 7 games lying at third in the purple cap for IPL 2021 and was the standout bowler for the Royals. Morris can tonk the ball in the backend of the innings.
The leg spinner Rashid Khan, was the only limelight for Sunrisers this season picking up 10 wickets in 7 games. He was very economical too in his spells and proved to be the trump card for the Hyderabad franchise. Rashid Khan is a top-class spinner and does know how to operate in a big tournament like IPL even when things aren’t going his way. He was at the fifth position in the purple cap standings.
Kyle Jamieson has had an excellent debut season so far and has been very impressive for the RCB franchise. Jamieson picked up 9 wickets in 7 games and did a good job at the back end of the innings too with the death bowling. The New Zealand quick was bagged up for a big price in the IPL auction 2021 and he did justice to the price tag. Jamieson can be a good batsman down the order too.