The 11th edition of one of the biggest leagues on the planet, Indian Premier League, is already in its midway. Besides getting a lot of cash, the domestic players get the opportunity to play alongside talented international players.
The experienced international players come to play in this league as they get lured because of the huge amount of money. But due to the presence of many talented players in a single franchise, many a times some big guns have to sit out.
Here is the list of 5 foreigners who have not got a single chance to play in this season, but definitely deserve a place in the playing XI.
5. Carlos Brathwaite (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
When your team is winning all the matches, you will not want to break the winning combination. Such is the case with the Sunrisers Hyderabad team which has been doing pretty well under the leadership of Kane Williamson.
This is why the West Indian, despite having played an effective innings in the World T20 finals in 2016, is warming the bench, and he knows that it won’t be easy to get opportunities.
He said in an interview, “I spoke with coach Tom Moody and he was honest with me. He said my position in the squad is of a rotational player, and I will have to be patient for opportunities”.
For his previous franchise Delhi, he had played only 10 games in two seasons. His fiery batting and crafty bowling can be an asset for any team.
4. David Willey (Chennai Super Kings)
CSK got a huge blow when one of their star man Kedar Jadhav suffered a hamstring injury in the opening game against Mumbai Indians and was ruled out of the rest of the tournament.
The 28-year-old English all-rounder David Willey was signed in place of injured Jadhav. Willey is a dependable all-rounder and he has got two T20 centuries and has taken close to 150 wickets.
3. Sandeep Lamichhane (Delhi Daredevils)
Delhi has once again got a poor start to the season and is already sinking. The team has sticked with leg-spinners Rahul Tewatia and Amit Mishra, but that has not produced desired result.
It would be the perfect time they try the 2000-born Nepal cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane. If Sandeep comes into the side, it would mean either Liam Plunkett or Glenn Maxwell will have to be benched.
2. Cameron Delport (Kolkata Knight Riders)
The 28-year-old South African came into prominence when he hit a 9-ball 34 for Dolphins against Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League T20 in 2014.
He has three T20 centuries till date with a strike rate close to 140 and his medium pace bowling has taken 48 wickets with an economy of 7.65. Delport can be a useful alternative for KKR, as their main pacer Mitchell Johnson has been expensive so far in this season.
1. Moeen Ali (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Ali may not be a T20 specialist but can quickly adapt to the situations. The left-hander batsman has a strike rate of 130 in T20 cricket.
RCB is struggling with their middle order. They have big names up the order but no one to stable the middle zone. This is where the experienced Ali can be brought as he can provide stability in the middle order. Moreover his off-spin can be used to choke the opposition’s flow of runs.