IPL has been the biggest stage for any youngster to express his potential when it comes to the T20 platform. Not just it gives players an opportunity to play matches to prove his worth but it also makes sure those players get noticed in every household irrespective of whether the player is an Indian or a foreigner. The players get talked about at the biggest stage and although not every player manages to live with the fame, some do emerge as champions in future.
In this article, we take a look at 3 overseas cricketers who could rise up to the stardom in this season because of their potential.
Joshua Philippe already became the center of attention when RCB picked him in the auctions last year. A 23 years old promising batsman from Western Australia has risen up the ranks to get picked in Australia’s national side for the ongoing series against England although he id yet to play any game but experts and current cricketers including AB De Villiers rate this bloke very highly. De Villiers in a recent interview said that he (Joshua) reminds him of his initial days and he is very excited to see how he plays.
Philippe opens for Sydney Sixers in Big Bash and he has shown all of us that he has got good game against both pace and spin which would be necessary to succeed in a tournament like IPL. He has an impressive average plus strike rate combination for his age, he strikes at 138 runs per 100 balls and his average is 33 which shows the youngster has got a lot of potential and all he needs is opportunity.
Ali khan has been picked as a replacement of Harry Gurney who withdrew his name from playing IPL this year. And it made Khan the first US citizen to participate in IPL. He is not exactly an unknown commodity for everyone as people who followed the recently concluded CPL closely must have seen him doing well for Trinbago Knight Riders and that’s the reason why he has been picked by Kolkata Knight Riders.
Ali Khan played 8 of the 12 matches for TKR where he picked up 8 wickets at an average of 20 and economy of 7.43 which goes on to show that he has got the talent up his sleeves but what will decide his fate in this IPL is his composure. Being an American, he hasn’t got a lot of experience of bowling to top class players and that would be a great challenge for him in this tournament as he’d be bowling to the likes of Kohli, De Villiers, Rohit, Dhoni and many more dynamic batsmen except Russell.
Out of these three players, Isuru Udana is the most experienced T20 player who has even played some International cricket so it’s not for the first time fans will be seeing him play T20 cricket but it’s his first stint in IPL and he surely looks an useful contributor for RCB with his slower balls on the slow decks of IPL. He may not have to play a big role in the beginning of IPL but as the season progresses and pitches get tired out, he will come in handy with his change of pace.
Udana has played 30 International T20s for Sri Lanka and 135 T20s for various other franchises and it means he has got a vast experience of bowling in this format, and that too in death overs which RCB would badly need. Udana has an economy rate of 8 in T20 while doing most of his bowling during death overs and this is not a bad record at all. He also has decent batting abilities and can give his side all the much needed flourish with bat in final overs if needed. It would be interesting to see when does he get the chance to play his first ever IPL Match.