IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab call up mystery spinner from Iceland for trials
Punjab are at the fifth position of the table with two wins from three games.
Updated - Apr 1, 2019 5:33 pm
Iceland, which has a population of barely 3 lakhs and mostly loves football, is now making its mark in the game of cricket. In a first, a spinner from Iceland, Kató Jónsson will attend trials at Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in hopes to sign a season-long deal. If he impresses in the trials, Jónsson could become the first Icelandic cricketer to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The mystery spinner is in Mohali and will catch up with the team this week. As per his bio on Twitter, he is Iceland’s only cricket writer and broadcaster, secretary of the Iceland Cricket Board, besides being a mystery spinner in the Iceland team. His bio also says that he is a cricket commentator as well.
But what makes him a mystery bowler? “Jónsson is making wakes back in Europe due to a delivery named fíflið or the back-spinner, which when delivered with the fingers ripped under the ball, drops about half of its pace after bouncing, making it difficult for batsmen to time their shots,” Kings XI Punjab was quoted as saying in their official website.
The spinner said that he still cannot believe he will be soon attending IPL trials, something he was associated with only through the television back at home. “It’s unbelievable!” “From watching the IPL on my computer to possibly becoming the first Nordic player to play in it is beyond my wildest dreams. I’m ready and can’t wait to get started.”
The other mystery spinners in IPL 2019
27-year-old Varun Chakravarthy, another mystery spinner, was snapped up by the Kings for this season at a whopping Rs 8.4 crore – 42 times his base price of Rs 20 lakh. Kings XI Punjab are currently at the fifth position of the points table with a couple of wins from three matches.