IPL 2019: Sherfane Rutherford is fearless and powerful, says Ian Bishop

He scored a quickfire 28 from 18 balls against the RCB.

Sherfane Rutherford
Sherfane Rutherford. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

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The West Indies is known for producing some of the most explosive cricketers over the years that includes the likes of Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and others. Recently, another player from the island nation has come to the fore and its Sherfane Rutherford. Over the last few months, the youngster has captured the supporters’ imaginations with his swashbuckling style of play.

Last year in August-September, the southpaw played for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League (IPL). The left-handed batsman came to bat in the middle order and didn’t disappoint by any stretch of the imagination. The 20-year-old scored 171 runs in eight matches at an average of 34.20. Most importantly, he scored those runs quick and fast at an impressive strike-rate of 142.50.

The performance got him into the limelight and to his delight, he found himself in the auction of this edition’s Indian Premier League (IPL). He had a base price of INR 40 lakhs after which the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) along with the Delhi Capitals went after him. Eventually, it was the latter, who brought his services at a price of INR 2 crore. Rutherford hasn’t let his team down by any means.

Rutherford shows his class

After warming the benches for quite a few games, he got a chance in the Capitals’ match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Delhi, but he didn’t have much work to do. Against the Rajasthan Royals (RR), he scored 11 runs with a four and a six. However, his most prolific knock came against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Feroz Shah Kotla where he chipped in with a quickfire 28 from 13 balls.

His knock was laced with one four and three over-boundaries. He came to bat after Shreyas Iyer’s wicket and played his strokes without nurturing any inhibition. His knock propelled the Capitals score to 187 for five in 20 overs.

In the meantime, former Windies cricketer Ian Bishop is extremely happy with Sherfane’s show. He took to Twitter and wrote, “Good to see Sherfane Rutherford getting a chance to show what he can do. He is a fearless and powerful young player. #WestIndianTalent.”

Here is Bishop’s tweet

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