IPL 2021: Overseas cricketers who will be part of tournament for the first time
The second leg of the IPL is all set to commence in the UAE from September 19.
The second leg of the IPL is all set to commence in the UAE from September 19. The cricket on-lookers are pumped up to watch the action unfold and yet again get at the edge of their seats. Every match in the tournament is more often than not a thrilling contest that leaves the fans in absolute awe.
With the amount of action and competition the tournament beholds, it can pretty much be understood that it is a tough platform. Thus, the one who exudes their flair here opens the doors of many opportunities for themselves. It is no brainer that even the overseas players always look forward to being a part of this high-profile T20 tournament. Often they have come forward to express that how playing in IPL has helped them to better their game and skills.
Featuring in IPL and getting the chance to play against some of the best players adds to the repertoire of any cricketer. Now with the remainder of the IPL staged to start soon, the franchises have made certain tweaks to their squads. Several players withdrew from the competition owing to varied reasons that made way for many new names to walk into the tournament for the very first time.
Here’s the List of overseas cricketers who will be part of the IPL for the first time:
The Punjab Kings have roped in Adil Rashid as a replacement for the Australia pacer Jhye Richardson who would be missing the tournament due to fitness concerns. After proving his prowess in white-ball cricket, the England leg-spinner finally got an opportunity to feature in the IPL and display what he has under his belt. Punjab Kings is at the sixth position in the points table and it will be interesting to see if Rashid’s inclusion could provide them momentum.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have signed George Garton for the UAE leg of the IPL. The left-arm pacer has featured in nine matches in The Hundred and scalped ten wickets. He has also had a decent stint in the T20 Blast this year wherein Garton picked up nine wickets from six games at an economy of 7.50.
RCB made multiple changes in their overseas line-up because of the unavailability of the players. Tim David comes in place of New Zealand’s Finn Allen. He thus became the first player from Singapore to make it to the IPL. David has been a part of the BBL and recently played a crucial role in Surrey’s run to the semi-final in the Royal London One-day Cup by scoring two centuries and a half-century.
Wanindu Hasaranga has replaced Adam Zampa in the RCB side. The leg-spin bowling all-rounder made a name for himself with impressive performances in the LPL. He recently shone for the Sri Lankan side in the T20I series against India and fashioned the team’s series triumph.
Rajasthan Royals have signed New Zealand keeper-batsman Glenn Phillips for the remainder of the IPL 2021. Phillips has a good form by his side as he comes from a successful stint at The Hundred. He will also be featuring in the CPL and Rajasthan Royals will pin a lot of hopes on him to change the fortunes of the side in the tournament.
Australian fast bowler Nathan Ellis has replaced Riley Meredith in the Punjab Kings’ squad. In the recent series against Bangladesh, Ellis became the first cricketer to secure a hattrick on debut. He also got selected as a traveling reserve for Australia’s T20 World Cup squad.