They are just four in number, but the amount of leverage foreign players bring to an Indian Premier League (IPL) team is exceptional. There have been instances when these foreign players singlehandedly helped their franchises stroll to victory with some distinguished performances.
A vital part of a playing XI, foreign players, bring in loads of experience which they impart into the young local breed of cricketers as well. Like previous seasons, this year we will see many overseas players, known and unknown, making their IPL debut. Also Check- Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 Schedule
As IPL heads into its tenth edition, we take a look at five overseas players you need to keep your eye on this season. So here is the list: Also Read- Rising Pune Supergiant welcome Ben Stokes with jersey number 55
This English all-rounder made it to the headlines even before the start of IPL 10. At this year’s auction, Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) bought Stokes for a record amount of INR 12.50 Crores. Thus becoming the most expensive overseas player in the history of IPL. Pune Supergiant struggled in the last season and finished seventh. Now having added player of Stokes’ calibre, the franchise will be hoping for a change in fortune. Will Stokes justify his price tag?
Afghanistan’s 18-year-old spinner, Rashid Khan, became the second player from the country to be picked by an IPL franchise. Mohammad Nabi being the first. The leggie was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 4 crores as he became the most expensive Associate player in the IPL. The wily spinner will be an asset for defending champions on spin friendly tracks. Khan is in amazing form and during the recently held ODI and T20I series against Ireland, the spinner scalped 26 wickets.
Another international star who will be making his IPL debut is South Africa’s pace sensation Kagiso Rabada. The lanky fast bowler will play for Delhi Daredevils. Rabada is a tried and tested weapon in South Africa’s bowling armoury, and Delhi franchise will be hoping he continues his good run. Rabada will be a deadly prospect particularly while sharing the new ball with Daredevils’ captain Zaheer Khan.
With Mitchell Johnson in Mumbai Indians’ ranks now, Kings XI Punjab have got another fast bowler to fill the void. Matt Henry, the Kiwi bowler, is known for his speed and accuracy. Henry will be looking to play his maiden IPL game as the fast bowler was part of now suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) during 2014 season but did not feature in the playing XI.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team is plagued by injuries and will be without captain Virat Kohli for first few weeks. RCB will also miss the services of Mitchell Starc and KL Rahul this season. However, the Bangalore-based franchise will be boosted by the presence of England’s T20 specialist bowler Tymal Mills. The fast bowler is set to spearhead RCB’s bowling attack and was bought by the franchise for a whopping INR 12 crore. Watch out for his slower ones!