IPL 2019: 5 cricketers who can set the stage on fire if South Africa hosts the tournament

The auction for IPL 2019 of the cash-rich league will be held on December 18, in Jaipur.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers plays a shot. (Photo Source: Twitter)

There are things that excite you like anything, even long before they actually happen, and then there’s IPL, the tournament that keeps you excited throughout the year, be it before, during or even after it ends. IPL, arguably the biggest cricket league in the world, is still a good three-four months away, but the way people are already discussing it, one may get an impression that the league is to start from tomorrow, and the first match will be the final one as well! And since it’s IPL, all the hype surrounding it is only fair.

IPL is usually played in India, during the months of April and May, but the Prime Ministerial elections in India next year are apparently forcing the organisers to think of shifting the tournament to some other country, as it won’t be easy for them to get the tournament underway during these months without creating any problems for themselves or the public.

IPL has been hosted outside India twice in the past already – South Africa (2009) and UAE (2014) – and the twelfth edition of the league next year may just turn out to be the third instance. South Africa is one of the few countries that are expected to host the cash-rich league in 2019. If the country manages to get the hosting rights for the league’s next edition, here are 5 players we expect to set the stage on fire in the rainbow nation:

Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action. (Photo by IANS)

Quinton de Kock is an important member of the South African cricket team and is expected to play a major role for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL next year. The flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman was bought by the Mumbai-based franchise from Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the players’ auction that will take place on the 18th of this month. De Kock can not only make breathtaking stumpings and caught-behinds possible with the keeping-gloves on but can also hit the ball a fair distance while batting. 

The Johannesburg-born stylish left-hander has played a total of 35 T20Is for South Africa and has a strike-rate of over 128, while in the IPL, he has been a part of 34 matches in which he has scored over 900 runs at a strike-rate exceeding 130. While these numbers are already pretty good, de Kock still is a much more effective wicketkeeper-batsman than these numbers suggest.


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