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IPL 2018: 5 exciting players set to play their maiden IPL 

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106.72K   //    02 Apr 2018, 21:15 IST

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The IPL is currently one of the finest T20 leagues in the world. After 10 successful years of the tournament, every cricketer around the world wants a piece of the action.

A large number of players sign up for the auction every year and only a handful get picked by the franchises.

There are a number of exciting players from around the world who make their debut in the IPL each year and this year is no different.

We can look forward to stellar performances from these players as they would want to perform well on a platform as big as this and carve their own niche in world cricket.

As the excitement builds up, let us take a look at five exciting cricketers who will be making their debut in IPL 2018.

#5 Moeen Ali (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Ali relies more on timing the ball than brute force

Moeen Ali is an English all-rounder who burst into the England cricket team, predominantly for his off-spin bowling after the surprise retirement of Graeme Swann.

He is an elegant batsman who relies more on timing the ball rather than brute force. With an outstanding economy of 7.38 and a more than respectable batting strike rate of 128 in T20 cricket, it's hard to classify Ali as a bowling or a batting all-rounder since he's equally good at both facets of the game.

Ali was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore at a bargain price of 1.70 crores. He could provide stability to the RCB batting line up that features hard-hitting batsmen who bludgeon the ball. Watch out for him!

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