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IPL 7: Five foreign players for whom the tournament is important

IPL 7: Five foreign players for whom the tournament is important

by Khelnama News Desk | Cricket | 15th Apr 2014

While a few Boards may deny the influence of the IPL on their team selection, it is true that a successful IPL stint has revived many careers and a few even made their mark here and then made it to the national team. 

Chris Gayle set the trend and the one differentiating aspect is that IPL allows more foreign players in a team than any other domestic tournament. So basically there is an incresed competetion and the whole cricket playing world is interested in it. 

Here are a few whose career amy turn around after the IPL 7

 

Kevin Pietersen

May be the rock-star image proved to be his undoing in England team and led to his retirement. But with the England team down in the dumps and struggling in the World T20, don;t be surprised if there is a popular demand to get this match-winner back into the team if he succeeds in the IPL 7. The 33-year-old will be raring to go and will also be pinning his hopes on the tournament to force ECB to call him out of retirement and into the team.

Chris Gayle

Yes, its him again. He is not in his best of his forms and usually playing for the Bangalore outfit brings the best out of him. We have seen in the past that he has used the platform to silence his critics and was the first of the freelance cricketers, before forcing the West Indies board to call him back into the team. This time too he will be the biggest star to  watch out for.

David Miller

David Miller was the only overseas player retained by Kings XI Punjab and the South African would be a vital cog in their batting line-up. His ordinary show in the ICC World T20 2014 would certainly have disappointed his fans, but in a format like T20 where there is a lot of uncertainty, one can never be ruled out. Miller would be expected to continue to dazzle and lead Punjab to victories from unlikely situations, like he did in the last season.

Pat Cummins

After bursting into the international scene, he has been inconsistent and even was pushed out of the Australian team. Working with fellow left-arm pacer Wasim Akram with KKR may well be the turning point that he is looking for. His senior Australian teammate Mitchell Johnson credited IPL for his roaring return to form and this should keep Cummins interested as he enters a crucial phase of his international career.

Shane Watson

 

Shane Watson continues to don the Rajasthan Royals’ colours, and in this season, he will lead the team without the presence of his mentors in the side (on-field) — Rahul Dravid and Shane Warne. Even though Dravid would be mentoring Rajasthan, but Watson’s leadership skills will be tested. Rajasthan would be playing their home matches in Ahmedabad, which means they no longer enjoy the benefit of playing at their fortress, the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Watson may have not got many opportunities to lead Australia, but here is his chance to show his leadership credentials.