Much needed X factor was always been provided by New Zealand players in IPL. In 2008, IPL season was inaugurated and the game started with opener batsman Brendon Mccullum’s. He played against Royal Challengers Bangalore and smashed 158* at Chinnaswamy Stadium. Since then Kiwis were showing their talent by utilizing all the opportunities provided by IPL.
Many of the Kiwis were successful and popular in the IPLs while few of them like Martin Guptill, James Neesham were struggling to keep going who have a good reputation at international level but struggling more often than not in IPLs.
Lets have a look at 3 Kiwi players with lot of potential to have outstanding IPL tournament in 2020.
- James Neesham – Kings XI Punjab
Neesham is well known for both bat and ball as all rounder. In the recently concluded ICC 2019 World Cup he was an instrumental in letting his team to finals. It is handy for Kiwis to hit hard with bat lower down and medium pace bowling.
In 2014, this left hand batsman made debut for Delhi Capitals in IPL Season. He could play only 4 games in that series and scored DNB, 8,22 and 12. He could only pick only 1 wicket being in 4 games which couldn’t impress the management. Then he left out of that team and since then he was never a part of any season. In the recently concluded auctions, he was brought by KXIP for INR 50 Lakh which changed his fortune.
He is more experienced now and considering this fact if he could perform well with both ball and bat then he would be the most destructive all rounder in 2020 season.
- Trent Boult – Mumbai Indians
Trent Boult potentially is a fastest bowler in the present international stage. In every format of the game this left handed pace bowler with his swing bowling sets a stage on fire and many times won games for his national side single handedly. On any occasion he is a thorough match winner and is one of such player whom everyone wants to be in their team.
He had very huge reputation but he couldn’t be upto the expectations of the franchise who bought him by investing lot. He was part of three franchise until 2019, from 2015- 2016 in Sunrisers Hyderabad, in 2017 Kolkatha Knight Riders, from 2018-2019 in Delhi Capitals. He couldn’t live upto his full potential in any of the franchise.
In 2020, he was traded by Mumbai Indians and how will he perform in the company of players like Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga and others would be interesting to watch. He was a part of 33 games till and picked 38 wickets at an average of 29.47.
- Lockie Ferguson – Kolkata Knigh Riders
In 2019 World Cup, this 28 year old Lockie Ferguson kiwi fast bowler’s performance was so crucial in his country’s side journey. He with an impressive average of 19.48 picked 21 wickets in 9 games.
In 2017, he was a part of Rising Pune Super Gaints in which he played 4 games picked 3 wickets at an average of 31.00. in 2018, he was in Kolkata Knight Riders franchise but didn’t get chance to play the game. In 2019, he was retained by the same franchise but able to take only 2 wickets out of 5 games.
He though performed poor in 2 seasons but is a considerable good player to watch out with ball with New Zealand. The trio of the fast bowlers including him with Harry Gurney and Pat Cummins could pressure the opposite teams in the upcoming seasons.