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IPL 2017: Top 5 foreign contingents at the tournament

Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore probably have the best foreign contingents, injury and non-availability notwithstanding.

Top 5 / Top 10 31 Mar 2017, 02:12 IST
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AB De Villiers is the cream of the crop amongst the foreign talents on display

The IPL is a heady mix of glamour, sports and entertainment. Its biggest attraction as far as local crowds are concerned is the foreign contingent that will take the field along with the Indian players. While the biggest cheers are always reserved for the Indian star, foreign contingents are important in determining, firstly the success of a team and secondly, the fan following a team has.

Take for example, AB de Villiers of the Royal Challengers Bangalore or Chris Gayle who are cult figures in the IPL. Here we take a look at the top 5 IPL teams with impressive foreign contingents, injury and non-availability notwithstanding. Only four foreign players are allowed in the final playing XI but the best teams always have ‘horses for courses’.

#5 Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB do not have many foreign riches. But the ones they have are the best in the business. AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle can win matches single-handedly and so can Shane Watson. They have New Zealand’s tearaway fast bowler Adam Milne, who may get a few matches, but surprise package Tymal Mills from England is the one who will grab the eyeballs.

Samuel Badree is another spinner who could give them options on low-slow wickets. Travis Head completes the list and that is not a bad list at all.

RCB have never won any silverware; coming extremely close last year but then losing their way in what looked like a cruise in the park. They will certainly hope to go the distance this year.

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