5 Foreign players who can emerge as stand-out performers in MSL 2019
These players are expected to do well during the tournament.
by Ameya Author
Published - Nov 8, 2019 1:03 pm | Updated - Nov 8, 2019 1:03 pm
South Africa’s Mzansi Super League 2019, also known as MSL 2.0 is expected to grab a lot of eyeballs due to its star-studded squads. The second edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament is scheduled to start from 8th November where six teams will be contesting for the trophy. The tournament will be played in a double round-robin format.
Each team has been allotted an International Marquee player who is anticipated to emerge as a game-changer for the team. A string of former South African players will be a part of the MSL 2.0. The presence of South African veterans AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir and JP Duminy will add to the grandeur of the league.
Current South African stalwarts like Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma will be leading different squads in the league. After a successful World Cup campaign, many England stars like Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Ravi Bopara and Moeen Ali will showcase their potential on the South African soil. The high-profile league is expected to prosper many domestic as well as overseas talents.
Here are five overseas players who are touted to deliver stellar performances for their franchises:
Chris Gayle (Jozi Stars)
One name that always pops up as a stand-out performer in many T20 leagues is Chris Gayle. Having proved his potential in T20 leagues across the globe, Gayle is expected to showcase his explosive batting in the MSL. Despite being in the final phase of his career, he has not shied away from hitting sixes with robust power. Being the first cricketer to smash tons across all formats, Gayle is regarded as one of the most aggressive players of the modern era.
The 40-year-old has amassed over 18000 runs in his international career which also includes a triple-century in Test cricket. While playing 58 T20 Internationals, Gayle has gathered 1627 runs at an astounding strike rate of 142.84. Along with the bat, the Universe Boss also has the potential to chip crucial wickets for the team with the bowl.
Jozi Stars were successful to snap the veteran from this year’s draft. Gayle is set to command the batting line-up of Jozi Stars and the world will be hoping to witness the ‘Gayle Storm’ yet again.