Our top 5 picks to star in this years IPL.
5. Dale Steyn – South Africa number number 1 hitman will be licking his lips at the chance to have a go at the worlds best batters on his pitches. He is quick, he gets bounce and is deadly accurate. However his, too accurate for comfort, assessment last year of the IPL being a ‘paid holiday’ means his franchise owners will be wondering whether he is putting in his best efforts. All the more reason for Dale to rip it up at home.
4. Ajantha ‘Splendid’ Mendis – When the first IPL was played, Mendis was an unknown, a few months later he was heralded as the next great mystery spinner. Under the apprenticeship of Muralitharan, they dismantled India and Splendid Mendis became the fastest man to 50 wickets in ODI history. After having had shrapnel removed from his head, twice, Mendis has had a great return to cricket in Sri Lankas domestic 2020 competition picking up wickets and keeping the runs down. This IPL might just be where Mendis announces his arrival well and truly to the rest of the world.
3. Shane Warne – You have to wonder how much Warne would sell for if he was put on an IPL auction again. You also have to wonder what the man who has been called ‘Showbiz’ Warney has in store for us this year. Forget pitches not offering spin, Warne has tricks up his old sleeve that no one in the game could pick when he played much less after he retired. Most remember him leading the Royals to a win last year, but dont forget his was the 2nd highest wicket taker in the series.
2. Ishant Sharma – Arguably one of the best fast bowlers in the world at the moment. He loves bouncy pitches, as Ricky Ponting would attest to in Perth. And he would be dead set keen to put his poor IPL season last year behind him. He is revving it up right now in New Zealand and will be warmed up by the time he hits the rainbow land.
1. Dirk Nannes- Wild Card, Wild Man, known to the cricket blogging community as the Wild Beast Man, Dirty Dirt Nannes, is set to light SA and some batsmen on fire with his raw pace and energy. He has lifted two teams in two parts of the world to 2020 Championship wins at Middlesex and Victoria. His psychotic pace can change matches instantly in a couple of balls . Plus he wants to prove a point to the Australian selectors who have incomprehensibly left him out of the national 2020 team.
The Wild Beast man is on the loose.
Dont say we didn’t warn you.