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.
No pressure Dirk. We’re all watching.
If i remember correct Maharoof was the pick of the Lankan Bowlers in last years IPL by even out doing Muralitharan who is naturally tipped to be a leading wicket taker. Where do you rate the bloke this time around?
Do excuse my ignorance, but who is this Dirk guy anyway?
OB> No pressure at all. Dirk> We are watching and waiting.
Bard>Maharoof is a good bowler but he has been inconsistent and is subject to injuries all the time. But I think he will be a key for Delhi this year as well. If he keeps bowling a good line and more importantly length the SA pitches will suit him- which is height and seam movement.
Dirk Nannes is an Australian left arm fast bowler. He is very quick and can change a game in a couple of balls. He played for Victoria(Aus) and Middlesex(Eng) and has been a revelation in 2020 cricket with an average of 14.
He also has a dutch passport so he has been picked to play for Holland.
He is an interesting character and if he gets it right , people might be hurt.
Thanks mate, thats one guy to look out for!
Dirty Dirk, Bard, hurls himself into his delivery stride so violently that he frequently falls over
Steyn poor soul hasn’t even got a game.. I hope ur over ur Mendis fascination 🙂 ..