Every year, the Twenty20 Cricket League displays many a new talent amongst the highly competitive nature of the league. From Swapnil Asnodkar in the first season of the league to Anureet Singh this season, these cricketers have come through the ranks the hard way, often plying their trade in lower leagues. The case of Pravin Tambe is one which deserves special mention, after playing for years in the local Mumbai leagues has starred for Rajasthan Royals as a 43 year old!. And he is not the oldest player in the league, it is Brad Hogg, the chinaman bowler from Australia.
The 36 year old former India bowler is currently second place in the wickets with team-mate Dwayne Bravo above him. Nehra seems to have put away his 2011 World Cup game vs South Africa to rest, with penetrative bowling and lethal in-swingers. He has a best of 4/10 with an economy rate of 7.12. Who knew that Nehra will recreate his 2003 World Cup magic 12 years later !
He might have not taken too many wickets, but he has surely been the standout in Kings XI Punjab’s poor season. Though he might be 27, a few good performances might win him an India cap.
The 20 year old star from Mumbai is plying his trade for Delhi Daredevils, who have shot themselves in the foot with poor performances. Iyer has been one of the highlights this season, with his knock of 83 against the Mumbai Indians helping Delhi to a 5 wicket win.
The 26 year old Mumbai player has a keen sense of timing and orthodox strokeplay, thus helping him in the fast and ultra competitive league. From being on the fringes of the national team, he has developed into a mainstay of the Indian middle order. The highest scorer in the league this season with 461 runs, he will look to lead Rajasthan into the playoffs.
The 30 year old West Indian opener has been instrumental in Mumbai’s run of 5 consecutive wins with knocks of 68*,71 and 38. Not does he only provide quick starts, he converts his 30’s into 50’s. Simmons has scored 345 runs in 9 games, with an average of 43.12. He has overshadowed the star-studded trio of Rohit Sharma, Pollard and Rayudu.