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The Indian Premier League 2014 is about to begin and a lot of interest will be on the foreigners in each of the eight teams. Many have the experience of playing in the high-octane Twenty20 league. But some are also making their debut in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League. Shrikant Shankar looks at the foreign debutants in IPL 2014.
Corey Anderson (New Zealand)
Corey Anderson is a player that every team were interested in bidding for in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 auction. Mumbai Indians (MI) eventually got him. He rose to fame with the fastest century in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) off only 36 deliveries against West Indies. Anderson has a phenomenal strike-rate of 138.77 in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for New Zealand. His left-arm medium-fast bowling is an added bonus. He is a genuine all-rounder. He is Mumbai’s big buy and all eyes will be on him.
Josh Hazlewood (Australia)
The Australian fast-medium bowler is a fine prospect in domestic cricket and for the national team. Josh Hazlewood has a T20 economy-rate of 7.57. That is on the expensive side, but with age on his side, he has plenty of time to improve.
Krishmar Santokie (West Indies)
West Indies’ Krishmar Santokie did reasonably well in the ICC World T20 2014. He is a left-arm medium bowler, may not feature in all of Mumbai’s matches, but could be given a chance if conditions aid swing bowling. Santokie has an economy-rate of 6.06 and strike-rate of 11.90 in T20s.
Ben Dunk (Australia)
Now, here is a player who was the Man of the Series in the 2013-14 Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia. Ben Dunk was the leading run-scorer for the Hobart Hurricanes (HH), as they reached the final. He is a wicketkeeper-batsman and could give Aditya Tare competition, as Dinesh Karthik has left the team.
Chennai Super Kings
Matt Henry (New Zealand)
Matt Henry has played only one international match for New Zealand, but what a performance it was. He took four wickets against India in an ODI at Wellington on January 31, 2014. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler and could bolster Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) pace bowling options.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) look like a very good bowling unit after buying some fine players in IPL 2014 auction. One of their main purchases was Australian left-arm fast-medium bowler, Mitchell Starc. He has been in and around the Australian team for a while now and is earmarked to take on the mantle of leading Australia’s pace attack from Mitchell Johnson in the near future.
Nic Maddinson (Australia)
Nic Maddinson is a left-handed batsman with a strike-rate of 128.09 in T20s. He has played one T20I for Australia and struck a 16-ball 34 against India at Rajkot on October 10, 2013. Maddinson can only add to the array of talent at Bangalore’s disposal.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Pat Cummins (Australia)
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have arguably the best spinner in their ranks in IPL 2014 in Sunil Narine. Their fast bowling stock increased with the successful auction of Pat Cummins. He is no ordinary bowler. Cummins is probably the fastest bowler in international cricket at the moment. The Australian has been regularly affected by injuries, but whenever he has bowled, Cummins has clocked speeds of over 150 kmph. That is serious pace. They have a real trump-card in their line-up.
James Neesham (New Zealand)
The New Zealand all-rounder had a sensational Test debut against India at Wellington. He scored a brisk 137 in the second innings. James Neesham‘s T20 strike-rate is 159.71. In conditions which help the batsmen more, expect him to smack the ball a long way into the stands. He is also handy with the ball with his right-arm medium-fast bowling. Neesham could prove to be a brilliant buy for the Delhi Daredevils (DD).
Ben Cutting (Australia)
Ben Cutting is a right-arm fast-medium bowler from Queensland. He actually has a very high economy-rate of 8.39 in T20 cricket. But under the mentoring of Rahul Dravid, Cutting can become an improved bowler.
Kings XI Punjab
Beuran Hendricks (South Africa)
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) made all the headlines during the IPL 2014 auction. They got Johnson and Glenn Maxwell. They also got promising South African seamer Beuran Hendricks. He is a left-armer and adds more dimension to Punjab’s bowling attack.
Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe)
It was a surprise when Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) did bid for Brendan Taylor. But the Zimbabwe captain will want to prove his worth in the IPL. He is also a wicketkeeper and Sunrisers are lacking a genuine stumper in their ranks.
(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)
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