IPL 2022 – Top 5 Overseas Players who can be game changers

With the IPL 2022 just a few days away, we have got a good look at the final lineups that all the teams will have until the next big shake up. The Mega Auctions saw a lot of players leaving their traditional teams to join totally unexpected franchises and it will be very interesting to see how the team dynamics will work out. The emphasis for the past few seasons has been to incorporate Indian youth and give them a platform to interact and learn from the best, but that does not mean that the overseas flavour has gone. There are some big names from abroad who will be playing this season, and we have picked 5 of these overseas players who we think, will be absolute game changers for their teams.

Without further ado, let’s get started –

Number 1. Glenn Maxwell

 

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Glenn Maxwell’s IPL career began in 2012 with the Delhi Capitals (then known as the Delhi Daredevils). He went on to play for the Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab (now known as the Punjab Kings), before joining the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2021. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) administration released Moeen Ali in the same year and was looking for a replacement who was similar.

It appeared like Maxwell would make a fantastic replacement, and they agreed to sign him for a hefty INR 14.25 Crores. His arrival proved to be extremely beneficial, as he went on to become the team’s highest run-scorer, amassing 513 runs at an incredible average and strike-rate of 42.75 and 144.10, respectively.

A total of six fifties were made in 15 innings by the “great show” that year, and he also picked up three wickets at an economy rate of 8.43. He was then retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and with Virat Kohli no longer captaining the team, Maxwell is also on the management’s shortlist for the position. He lit the stage on fire with his devastating 154* off only 64 deliveries in the recently ended Big Bash League and appears to be in peak condition.

 

Number 2. Liam Livingstone

 

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The Indian Premier League has been extremely beneficial for explosive all-rounders, with England’s Liam Livingstone being one such prosperous player. He had an outstanding T20I season in 2021, averaging 33.71 with a strike rate of 177.44 and scalping  wickets at an economy rate of 6.32.

He did, however, manage to score 42 runs for Rajasthan Royals during his brief IPL stay of five matches in 2021. He was subsequently released and as a result, entered this year’s mega auction. Numerous teams were interested in him, including the Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Titans, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

However, he was ultimately sold to the Punjab Kings for an exorbitant sum of INR 11.50 Crores, making it the year’s most expensive overseas acquisition. He appears to be in fine shape at the moment and will be expected to justify his price tag.

 

Number 3. David Warner

 

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David Warner is one of the best batsmen to grace the Indian Premier League and a three-time champion as a captain. He began his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils in 2009 and after spending time with Sunrisers Hyderabad, he returns to the Delhi franchise with a point to prove.

As the animosity between Warner and the SRH administration became clear, he left the team after eight years and competed as a marquee player in the auction. He was then acquired by the Delhi Capitals for a shockingly modest fee of INR 6.25 crores.

The southpaw was supposed to fetch a premium price because of his experience and form in the recent T20 World Cup, but he was sold for less than half of his prior asking price making him, in our opinion, one of the best purchases of the Mega Auction. Warner, who has worn the orange cap for the majority of his career and is also the IPL’s leading overseas run scorer, cannot be overlooked on this list.

 

Number 4. Faf du Plessis

 

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Faf Du Plessis, the IPL’s second highest run scorer and one of the most seasoned IPL campaigners, has been signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad for a salary of INR seven crores.

The former Proteas captain is being considered by RCB as a possible captaincy candidate. He debuted in the Indian Premier League in 2012 with Chennai Super Kings and has been their devoted king for eight years. He has played 100 matches in the Indian Premier League and scored 2935 runs at a strike rate of 131.08.

Faf appears to be confident and enjoyed a successful campaign in the recently finished Bangladesh Premier League. His top-order batsmanship will be extremely essential for the RCB club in the IPL 2022.

Number 5. Lockie Ferguson

 

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This New Zealand speedster has been terrorising the game’s greatest batsmen with his blistering pace. He is one of the quickest bowlers in the world, frequently bowling at speeds over 145 Kmph.

His IPL career began in 2017 with the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants franchise, and after a year-long break, he returned to the IPL with KKR, where he appeared in a few of matches throughout his three-year stay. Ferguson’s performance in the IPL 2021 was amazing, taking 13 wickets in eight matches at an economy rate of 7.46.

Ferguson was recently handed a lucrative deal with Gujarat Titans for an exorbitant fee of INR 10 Crores. He will co-lead the pace attack with Mohammed Shami and, barring any setbacks from his ailments, we might see a great show of pace bowling from him.