IPL History: 10 Finest Overseas Players of All-Time
The thing that makes the IPL so successful across the world is the number of overseas players who get to participate. Everyone loves watching their favourite cricketers from various countries team up together.
IPL has given the fans some amazing duos like Virat-AB de Villiers or Dwayne Smith-Brendon McCullum. Despite the marquee event being an Indian tournament conducted by the BCCI, we have witnessed multiple overseas players make it their home for destruction over the years. Some of them have even gone on to receive a great reception from the Indian fans thanks to their breath-taking performances in the cash-rich league.
That being said, it is time to take a look at the ten finest overseas players of all-time.
#10 Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey was dubbed “Mr. Cricket” for a reason. He was one of the most consistent batsmen to play for Australia. It didn’t matter if it was international cricket or domestic cricket, he was just too good for his opposition. Throughout his career, he proved to be a nightmare for any bowler who bowled to him.
Hence, it should come as no surprise that his consistency carried over into his IPL career as well. He was part of the Chennai Super Kings dugout during the inaugural edition of the tournament and played with the franchise until 2013.
While playing for CSK, Hussey would prove to be a consistent top-order batsman who played a big hand in getting his team off to good starts. He wasn’t known for his big hitting, but he was a classy player and was an absolute delight to watch him time the ball beautifully.
His best IPL season came in 2013 when he scored 733 runs for CSK at an average of 52.35 winning the Orange Cap in the process. Following his successful season in 2013, he went to play for Mumbai Indians in 2014 before returning to the franchise in 2015. However, he was a shadow of his former self and failed to replicate his antics of the past.
This was his last season in the IPL and he decided to call it quits on his IPL career. He finished with 1977 runs to his name at an average of 38.76 with 1 century and 15 half centuries.