Ever since the first ever match of the IPL, back in March 2008, overseas players have lit up the tournament and how. Brendan McCullum’s unbelievable innings of 158 brought international attention to the IPL from the very first match, and was an indication of just how important foreign players are going to be in this tournament. Despite there being just 4 overseas players allowed in the starting lineup of any game, they have dominated their way to several IPL awards, winning 9 of the 12 Orange Cap awards and 7 of the 12 Purple Cap awards so far. 10 of the 12 Most Valuable Player awards given so far have also been won by overseas players, highlighting their importance to the franchises. Let’s take a look at some of the top-rated world-class overseas crickets to watch out for at the 2020 Indian Premier League.
10. Eoin Morgan – Kolkata Knight Riders
The England T20I skipper is one of the finest strikers of a cricket ball in the world. One of the most balanced middle-order batsmen in limited overs cricket, Morgan can stabilize an innings just as easily as he can rip apart any bowling attack in the world. Famous for his clean, big sixes all across the park, Morgan was one of the best purchases at the auction, and Kolkata Knight Riders have done very well to keep his price relatively low. Purchased for a sum of 5.5 crores, the pressure will be on Morgan to replicate his ODI and T20I form in the IPL after several mediocre seasons.
He has crossed the 300 run barrier only once in his IPL career, but is currently regarded as the best middle-order batsman in ODIs, and if he turns up as expected, KKR will definitely qualify for the play-offs, for which they are at 1.80 according to Betway.