3 Successful Foreigners Who Played One IPL Season

3. Mashrafe Mortaza

Every Indian cricket fan should remember the disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign. Along with that they will also remember Bangladeshi pacer Mashrafe Morataza’s sensational spell of 4/38. He was the first Bangladeshi pacer to clock speeds of 135+kph regularly.

Mortaza was Bangladesh’s strike bowler in his initial days. But later he became a stock bowler who kept things tight on one end. Due to frequent back injuries, Mortaza retired from Test cricket in 2009 but continued playing white-ball format.

In 2009 IPL season, Mortaza played for Kolkata Knight Riders in a match against Deccan Chargers. But unfortunately he conceded the most expensive spell of the season. He bowled 4 overs, gave 58 runs and couldn’t take a single wicket. He never played another IPL game and many might argue that he might not have been given sufficient opportunities.


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