HomeCricketIPL 2019: Which Foreign Players Were The Hits And...

IPL 2019: Which Foreign Players Were The Hits And Flops This Season?

- Advertisement -

The IPL 2019 edition has seen the group stage come to an end on Sunday, with 56 matches having been played.
All the eight franchises played 14 games each and now we have the playoffs in IPL 2019, where four teams have qualified. Ahead of the IPL 2019 auction, a lot of interest was on foreign stars.
Most of the seasoned international cricketers were retained by their sides, but many were in the auction list.
There were some big-money purchases. Several youngsters from international teams found their way through and some of the T20 stalwarts got picked as well after successes elsewhere.
Over the years, foreign players have dictated the scenes in the IPL. From Chris Gayle, David Warner to that of Lasith Matinga, we have seen these players shine through the scenes.
This term too, several teams were dependent on their international signings to come and have an effect on the fortunes.
We had some strong shows from the regular names and several high-profile players missed the ploy with a poor season on offer.
Teams that did go on to qualify for the playoffs, saw the majority of their big foreign recruits do well. The same cannot be said for the rest.
Here we look at the hits and flops this season as far the foreign players are concerned in IPL 2019.

HITS

Warner was on song for SRH from ball one. (Image: Twitter @IPL)

David Warner – The Australian cricketer made a comeback to the IPL 2019 after missing the same last term with a 12-month ban imposed on him for a ball-tampering scandal on international duty.
Warner came back and showed no sense of rustiness. He was commanding from the word go. He looked fit and ran well between the wickets, which was the highlight of these performances.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad player has already left the IPL, but in 12 matches, he was stupendous.
He is the Orange Cap holder with 692 runs.
The southpaw smashed one hundred and eight fifties at an average of 69.20. His tally looks enough to hand him the Orange Cap this season, which will be his third in IPL history.
Andre Russell was KKR’s big positive this season. (Image: Twitter @IPL)

Andre Russell – His team Kolkata Knight Riders may have struggled big time, but Russell stood tall like a king. The West Indian all-rounder enjoyed the form of his life.
Russell’s heroics saw him thrive with his shot-making abilities and powerful sixes. Interestingly, he was the only knight in the shining armor for KKR this term, who finished fifth.
Russell was the only KKR player to surpass 500 runs this season that included 52 sixes.
This is insane hitting. His strike-rate was at an excess of 200 this season.
The powerful West Indian was also the highest wicket-taker for his side (11). He will go into the 2019 World Cup high in confidence which is a positive sign for Cricket West Indies.
IPL
Kagiso Rabada: The South African played a commanding role to help Delhi Capitals reach the playoffs in IPL 2019. Rabada stood tall and from the onset, he was on the money.
He is the Purple Cap holder this season with 25 wickets and that saw DC dictate the show in pivotal moments. The South African featured in 12 games for DC.
Unfortunately, he was ruled out for the rest of the tourney with an injury.
Cricket South Africa wanted to get him back to the nation and assess him properly ahead of the 2019 World Cup, where he will be their pivotal asset. Rabada bowled quick and never shied away from yorkers, which was one of his most lethal weapons.
Imran Tahir of Chennai Super Kings produced the art of consistency. (Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI)

Imran Tahir – The veteran Chennai Super Kings spinner has been amongst the wickets all season. He has been MS Dhoni’s go to spinner.
Tahir has helped CSK win games and keep their heads high both at home and away. The defending champions finished as the second-placed team on the table as well.
The Proteas man has 21 wickets to his name and this is immense for the player ahead of the World Cup. Tahir defied age and performed at the highest level.
He is enjoying a sparkling form ahead of an imminent retirement from the game post the CWC.

- Advertisement -

MISSES


David Miller – The veteran South African international was expected to be the light for KXIPs middle order.
But Miller failed to produce substance of any kind. Another poor season for the experienced cricketer, who was retained by the side.
He managed just 213 runs in 10 matches with one fifty to his name. That’s a dismal tally to have for an important cricketer like Miller.
His poor show with the bat saw him be dropped as KXIP preferred the young Nicholas Pooran.
The West Indian gave a strong example of himself with some clean hitting. Miller could well miss the bus as KXIP may get tempted to release him ahead of next IPL season.

Ben Stokes – After being disappointing last season, Ben Stokes failed to light up RR’s campaign this term as well. He was a costly mistake for RR, who went on to retain him after disappearing last term with his shabby performances.
Stokes hardly offered anything substantial on the field. His confidence will take a huge blow ahead of the CWC 2019.
With 123 runs in 9 matches, Stokes looked someone well past his prime. Also, with the ball in his hand, the Englishman was disappointing.
He took just six wickets at an economy-rate of 11.22. He left the tourney early with international duty on offer, but was dropped in the last few games before departure.

Sunil Narine – The big hitting West Indian was nowhere near to the exploits of last year.
Narine not only picked 17 scalps in IPL 2018, but also scored 365 runs at a solid strike-rate on offer. This campaign, Narine was a hit and miss with the bat which subsequently saw him get dropped lower down the order.
With the ball, the right-arm spinner didn’t look as sharp he needed to be. He was amongst the runs and took just 10 wickets.
The match-winner failed to get his side past the line this season and that impacted KKR. He was expected to their most valuable player in IPL 2019, but Narine was way below the standards one expected from the T20 freelancer.
More News on Kyrosports

- Advertisement -

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Ajax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Based in Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, who incidentally draw their name from the legendary Greek hero of the same name, are the most successful club...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

5 famous players to play for both Leeds United and Liverpool

Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years and will play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in their very first match...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -