IPL 2019 is just a week away now, and fans have started to pick up their favourites. With the pressure to perform at this big stage, and make their presence felt, every player will be putting in all they have. Many international players will be debuting in this IPL and be aiming to get into their respective national teams for this years’ World Cup.
Previously, many International players like Shaun Marsh, Sunil Narine and David Miller came into limelight after their magnificent performances in the Indian Premier League. This year too brings in new opportunities for the foreign players to make a mark.
Every franchise has bought young foreign players based on their domestic as well as international performances. Let’s have a look at five foreign debutante players to look out for this season.
#5 Oshane Thomas
New to the global world of cricket, Oshane made his international debut against India at Guhawati. This West Indian fast bowler was second highest wicket-taker in the CPL this season. He is capable of touching 150kmph mark constantly and can be deadly with his speed. Chris Gayle was highly impressed by the speedster with his speed and accuracy and went on to pick him up for his side in CPL.
He has been bought by Rajasthan Royals for 1.1cr and will be a great asset for the team’s bowling attack along with Jaydev Unadkat.
#4 Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetymer has been around for a while but is yet to play in the IPL. He came into light when he went on to score a 100 against India in 2018 and then 94 in 64 balls in the second ODI. He scored 259 runs at an average of 51.80 with a strike rate of 140. Also in the CPL, he went on to score 440 runs in 12 matches at a fantastic strike rate of 148.15 and average above 40.
This year he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore at a price of 4.20cr and will be a crucial part of their batting line-up.
#3 Nicholas Pooran
West Indian wicket-keeper is the youngest player to play in the CPL at a young age of 17. He has scored 267 runs in 10 games this year with a strike rate of 144.32 in the CPL. In recent T10 league, he was the highest run-getter with 324 in 9 innings at an average of 245.45. Also, he has scored a 25-ball 53 against India, adding to his accomplishments.
Kings XI Punjab bought Nicholas for a price of 4.20cr. He’ll play with the likes of Chris Gayle and David Miller, and it will be interesting how this West-Indian fits into the side.
#2 Sam Curran
This bowling All-Rounder from England has had an incredible 2018 in International Test matches. Sam made his debut for Surrey in England’s domestic T-20 competition, the NatWest T-20 Blast. He is still to make his debut in T-20 cricket internationally, and IPL can be the opportunity he has been waiting for. He has a fantastic Test match career with 42 wickets in 42 matches at an average of 29.
Kings XI Punjab bought Sam for this years’ IPL at a price of 7.20cr. It will be exciting to see how he adjust in the T-20 conditions.
#1 Hardus Viljoen
Very few might have heard his name in India or even around the world. This right-arm-fast bowler from South Africa has been showing great skill and potential lately in domestic T-20 leagues. He took 18 wickets in nine matches in the T10 league this season at an average of 24.75 and decent economy of 7.81. Along with his bouncers, he has a bag of useful variations and also is a good hitter of the ball with a strike rate of 120.51.
Kings XI Punjab bought him for 75lacs. He can be handy for the team at the death, both with bat and ball, and can be a replacement for Andrew Tye.