Debutantes to look out for in the Indian Premier League 2016; do they have it in them to make it big at the grand event?
World T20 is done and dusted, now the Indian Premier League 2016 is all ready to enthral its spectators once again with its glitz and entertainment. The mega event is all ready to steal the limelight of the whole nation when some really exciting talent will exhibit their skills and abilities on the field. Every year IPL marks the debut of many young and talented players from all around the world. In this article, we have listed down a few names of the foreign players who will be eyeing to justify their price tag and looking to make it big in this marquee event.
Jos Buttler (Mumbai Indians)
England’s wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler is a tailor-made player for the limited overs format of cricket (ODIs and T20’s). His attacking stroke-play and powerful hitting have earned him accolades from all corners of the world. Buttler is among one of those players for England who has changed the face of English cricket by playing unorthodox and aggressive cricket. He has been bought by Mumbai Indians at a huge price of 3 crores 80 lakhs. His strike rate of over 145 and ability to play the role of a floater in the line-up will come in handy for MI in the tournament.
Carlos Brathwaite (Delhi Daredevils)
Nobody must have forgotten his name after pulling off that miraculous win against England on the night of 3rd April at Eden Gardens. He became the toast of the cricketing world after doing the unthinkable when he struck four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes final over in the ICC World Twenty20 2016. The 6feet 5 inches tall West Indian has been purchased by Delhi Daredevils who will be expecting the similar show from the sturdy lad. His right-arm fast medium bowling and brutal hitting at the lower order will provide depth in the DD line-up.
Mustafizur Rahman (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Mustafizur Rahman has been the find for Bangladesh since his debut last year against India. The young left-arm quickie has been right on the money in the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 2016. He picked up 9 wickets in three games he played against Australia, India, and New Zealand. Also, his five-wicket haul against Kiwis was the highlight of the tournament, as he picked up 5/22 which became the best performance by any bowler in the World T20 2016. In the year 2016 so far, Rahman has picked up 16 wickets in nine matches. Sunrisers Hyderabad snapped him this year in the IPL players’ auction, he’s the only Bangladeshi player along with Shakib-Al-Hasan to play in Indian Premier League.
Colin Munro (Kolkata Knight Riders)
One of the biggest hitters of the cricket ball in the New Zealand line-up, Munro caught the attention of the world when he struck a 14-ball half-century at Eden Park against Sri Lanka. This was the fastest fifty by a Kiwi in any format of cricket. He has played 108 T20’s so far and has scored 2088 runs at a staggering strike-rate of 146.52. Kolkata Knight Riders must be feeling lucky after buying him for a base price of 30 lakhs.
Adam Zampa (Rising Pune Super Giants)
Adam Zampa, the 24-year old from New South Wales is the talent to look out for Australia in the upcoming years. After a successful stint with Melbourne Stars, the leg-spinner put up a brave show in the recently concluded T20 World Cup. He picked up 5 wickets in 4 games. It will be a big learning curve for the Aussie as he’ll be playing under the captaincy of the most successful skipper of IPL, MS Dhoni.