The Indian Premier League (IPL) is an annual extravaganza celebrating the best of world cricket. IPL is predominantly a domestic tournament played at an international level. Teams are allowed to field 7 Indian and 4 overseas players. At times it is these 4 overseas players that determine the fate of their teams. Fans often buzz with excitement about the overseas players of their favorite franchises. Players like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Dwayne Bravo, and Kieron Pollard are a few of the iconic overseas players. Here are 5 Overseas Players In IPL 2022.
5 Overseas Players In IPL 2022
#5 Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone has taken the world by storm with his supreme hitting abilities. He smashed England’s fastest T20I century against Pakistan. Livingstone is a clean striker of the cricket ball. He is good against both pace and spin. Livingstone had a brief IPL stint with the Royals in the last couple of seasons. But he has never been a frontline pick for them. This season teams will be keen to rope in his services. He will be one of the most sought-after overseas players in the auctions.
#4 Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga has been Sri Lanka’s standout player in the limited-overs series against India. His ability to deceive the best of batsmen has caught everyone’s attention. Hasaranga bowled his heart out in both the ODIs. He troubled the Indian batsmen with his guile in the first T20I. Hasaranga is a handy batsman lower down the order. He will make for a fine IPL overseas prospect.
#3 Devon Conway
Devon Conway has had a stellar start to his international career. He averages more than 50 in T20Is. His strike rate of 150+ is mighty impressive too. Conway was tipped to be part of IPL 2021 but teams didn’t bid for him. But expect a race to acquire him in IPL 2022. He is an opener who could lend both stability and aggression to the side.
#2 Joe Root
Joe Root is one of the most prominent players to have never played the IPL. He was quite close in playing the IPL 2021 season but pulled out close to the tournament. Root has always wished to play the league but it could never materialise. With the addition of two new teams the next season, teams might look at Root from a captaincy perspective. He surely will bring in a new element to the IPL.
#1 Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc is a white ball legend. His numbers are totally insane, especially in white-ball cricket. Starc was ruthless against West Indies in the ODI series. He was almost unplayable on most occasions. Their coach Justin Langer stated that Starc is the best white-ball bowler in the world currently. Starc was an absolute sensation in IPL 2015. Since then he hasn’t been part of the IPL. Fans will be delighted to watch Starc roaring in the next IPL.