Even though there are still a few months to go for the IPL, the buzz around the biggest T20 tournament in the world has already started. The auction took place in December and all the teams are ready with their respective squads and now it is all about going and performing on the field.
The IPL is scheduled to start on 23rd March and the most important news is that the whole tournament would be played in India. Due to the elections, there were talks that it would shift to South Africa or UAE but it is going to be held in India. A problem revolving around the IPL is the availability of the overseas players.
The World Cup starts just after the IPL. Due to this reason, many teams want their players back well before the World Cup and hence there are high chances that many players would miss a part of the IPL. So the franchises have picked players who would be available for the whole season. This will lead to many new overseas players in this IPL. Let’s have a look at five overseas players who would be part of the IPL for the first time.
#5 Oshane Thomas (RR)
Oshane Thomas, the Windies quick bowler, made a name for himself when he made his debut against India in the limited-overs formats. He bowled really fast and hurried some of the Indian batsmen.
He troubled the Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was dismissed quite a few times by the quick bowler. In his initial overs, he bowled in the high 140s and even crossed the 150 mark occasionally. The 21-year-old quick was the second highest leading wicket-taker in the CPL as he picked up 18 wickets in 10 games at an average of 17.67.
There is a possibility that Jofra Archer might have to leave early if he gets selected for England in the World Cup. In that case, Rajasthan would definitely need a quick bowler as a replacement. Thomas could be the perfect one. They could even unleash both of them if the pitch is a bit quick and bouncy.
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