2 Uncapped Overseas players of IPL 2019: Sportsrush presents before you two talent uncapped overseas players of IPL 2019.
With each franchise exhausting its maximum limit of eight overseas players in the IPL (Indian Premier League) auction, the upcoming season will witness 64 overseas players taking part in the cash-rich league.
While a large chunk of them have also represented their respective country, there are only a couple of them who are still uncapped at the highest level. Given how a praiseworthy IPL season can turn the tables, even these two would be looking to press their case for national selection on the back of a notable IPL season.
The two players who fall in this category are Jofra Archer and Anrich Nortje. While Archer had made his IPL debut for Rajasthan Royals last year and will continue to represent them this year, this is a maiden IPL call-up for Nortje who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for his base price of INR 20 lakh.
Even by Jofra Archer’s standards, this is an outrageous catch.pic.twitter.com/EzHVZxXAwp
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) January 29, 2019
Just watched Jofra Archer take a stunning one handed boundary catch and then two wickets in two balls. He is a genuinely charismatic top class cricketer . #gethimin
— mike selvey (@selvecricket) January 29, 2019
Talking of international debut, Archer, the 23-year old right-arm fast bowler from Barbados might soon be playing at the highest level albeit for a different country than the country of his birth. It is worth mentioning that he has represented West Indies in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in the past.
Playing for Sussex across formats since the 2016, Archer’s name is making the rounds with respect to him playing in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for his adopted home in England.
Archer’s all-round abilities have made him a regular across T20 leagues. Having represented Surrey (Vitality T20 Blast), Royals (IPL), Hobart Hurricanes (Big Bash League) and Quetta Gladiators (Pakistan Super League), Archer has it in him to come good the Royals in the imminent season.
In 78 T20s, Archer has picked up 101 wickets at an average of 22.53, an economy rate of 8.07 and a strike rate of 16.7. Archer also has a four-wicket haul and a hat-trick to his name in the same format. Currently playing the BBL, Archer is the eighth-highest wicket-taker with 14 dismissals in 12 matches coming at an average of 24.92, an economy rate of 7.78 and a strike rate of 19.2
On the other hand, Nortje might have fairly less amount of T20 experience but has been playing First-class cricket for Eastern Province since 2013. In 47 First-class matches, Nortje has 162 dismissals to his name which have come at an average of 25.72, an economy rate of 3.18 and a strike rate of 48.3. Four half-centuries in the format also highlight him possessing certain skills with the bat.
Can Anrich Nortje just heal already .. He gonna be a big deal,fastest bowler in the country
— SIKELELA (@Iam_Sikelela) February 1, 2019
Also do watch for one bowler who made headlines. Anrich Nortje, he might be surprise pick for South Africa for WC.
— Shoaib Zaheer (@CricketManaic) January 24, 2019
The 25-year old right-arm fast bowler is expected to raise the bar when it comes to pace and might just turn out to be the Knight Riders’ X-factor in this season. Although KKR have the likes of experienced campaigners in Lockie Ferguson and Harry Gurney, they will look to give Nortje a go especially on a supportive pitch.
Having only played three matches in the maiden season of the Mzansi Super League, Nortje primarily got noticed because of his pace. In three matches, he dismissed eight batsmen at an average of 10.37, an economy rate of 6.91 and a strike rate of 9.
While the numbers are only for a limited number of appearances, they surely depict the hidden potential in the bowler.