Top 5 IPL players from New Zealand
A total of 24 New Zealand players have featured in the IPL across all its 10 seasons. There isn’t a single IPL team (including the defunct ones) that hasn’t featured a Kiwi player in the history of the competition.
Many Kiwi players have produced unforgettable performances at the Twenty20 tournament and have been assets to their respective franchises.
Here are the 5 best IPL players from New Zealand.
#5 Tim Southee
Tim Southee made his IPL debut in 2011, playing for the Chennai Super Kings, he helped them win in their opening match against Kolkata Knight Riders by defending 9 runs in the final over of the match. He played 5 matches in that tournament and did not play another IPL game until 2014.
Southee played for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2014 and 2015 before jumping ship to Mumbai Indians. He played for the Mumbai outfit in 2016 and 2017. So far, Southee has played 29 matches in the IPL and has taken 22 wickets at an average of 41.54 and at an economy rate of 8.30.
Southee’s best IPL spell is 3/24 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 while playing for Mumbai Indians. Southee has scored only 54 runs with the bat but has a strike rate of 154.28 with his highest score being an 11-ball 25 against Gujarat Lions at Mumbai in 2016.
Southee’s best IPL was in 2016 when he took 9 wickets at an economy rate of 7.65. Southee will be going under the hammer in this year’s auction and his base price is Rs 1 crore.