The exciting time of the year is here as Indian Premier League (IPL) is just around the corner. The whole world will witness why IPL is regarded as one of the best leagues across the globe. Expect a lot of fast-paced games, innovation, nail-biting finishes and close contests between bat and ball.
India’s cash-rich league has always been a stepping stone for all the budding cricketer, whether Indian or foreign players. Every year, talented foreign cricketers carrying high-name value join the IPL auction to earn a lucrative contract.
Players like Jofra Archer, Sandeep Lamichhane, and Mujeeb Ur Rehman came to India last year and impressed everyone with their set of skills. This year is no different, a pool of talented youngsters from around the world will come to this nation and play some of the best T20 cricket of their career.
Let us take a look at top 4 foreign cricketers making their debut in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) -
Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies) - Royal Challengers Bangalore
The whole world knows how explosive Windies batsmen can be. Be it Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, or Andre Russell, the cricketers from West Indies have always been a force to be reckoned with. This year, it is none other than Shimron Hetmyer, who has made his way into the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s side and make them a ‘force of nature’.
The explosive left-handed batsman was on every team’s list because of the skills he possesses with the blade. He was tested in the T20I series against India and wreaked havoc against the Men in Blue in the series. He continued his destruction in the ODI series as well. With such performances, he grabbed everyone’s attention and RCB went on to hire him for a whopping amount of Rs. 4.2 crore.
He is surely going to be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming edition of the IPL.
Jonny Bairstow (England) - Sunrisers Hyderabad
It is hard to imagine that a player like Jonny Bairstow, who has been playing some of the best cricket in the last 3-4 years, has never played a season of IPL. The wicket-keeper batsman from England Jonny Bairstow is a highly reputed name in the game today.
England’s destructive batsman is all geared up to make his IPL debut this year and he will be donning the Sunrisers Hyderabad jersey after they purchased him for Rs. 2.2 crore in this year’s auction.
The 29-year-old cricketer has been in astonishing form with the blade in the recent past. The batsman was the third highest run-scorer of 2018 in the 50-over format, only behind Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. He is known for hammering the oppositions with his hard-hitting strokeplay and also has a safe pair of hands behind the stumps.
His ability to score runs at a lightning fast speed and the experience of international cricket to his name will be of great help for the team and the skipper Kane Williamson.
Sam Curran (England) - King’s XI Punjab
One of the most promising all-rounders in the world, Sam Curran, will also be a part of the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League. The 20-year-old all-rounder was expected to be in hug demands before the auctions. The talented player grabbed the limelight with his impeccable skills with both bat and ball against India in the five-match Test series in the year 2018.
The resistance he showed in the first Test match when England was reeling on 66 for the loss of 6 wickets, became one of the main reasons to emerge victorious in the match and later in the series. The Englishmen won the series 4-1 and Curran was one of the main reasons behind England’s win in the series.
The whole cricketing fraternity heaped praises on the youngster and many legends of the game like Sachin Tendulkar took some time to write about the 20-year-old cricketer.
He is surely going to be one of the promising stars of the tournament and the franchise of King’s XI Punjab, who hired the youngster with a whopping sum of Rs. 7.20 crore, would be counting on him to deliver.
Jason Behrendorff (Australia) – Mumbai Indians
The talented 28-year-old left-arm pacer from Australia, Jason Behrendorff, is considered to be one of the best Twenty20 bowlers of this generation. His ability to bowl Yorkers at the end of the innings can put batsmen in hot water with his high-arm action and variety of variations. The tag of ‘ best T20 bowler’ was given to him by many experts of the game by seeing his amazing performances in the ‘Big Bash League’.
On the international stage, the left-arm pacer was last seen in Australia’s One-Day International squad against the mighty Indians and bowled a remarkable spell of 10-2-39-2 in his 50-over debut at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground.
Though Behrendorff was a part of the Mumbai Indians’ squad last season too, but unfortunately he was not able to play a single game of the league as he suffered a back injury owing to which he was ruled out of the game.
Given how valuable he can be in the bowling department, the management of the Mumbai Indians decided to retain him for the upcoming season.
About the Author
Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar