The foreign cricketers have been selected on the basis of their overall record in the shortest format whereas the domestic contenders on the back of their recent Twenty20 form, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2017/18 being fresh off the fire T20 tournament to have taken place. A couple of immensely talented Under-19 World Cup sensations make it to the list as well, despite having not played competitive T20 cricket.
Here are top 5 players who are going to debut in IPL this season and have a lot of expectations.
5. Evin Lewis
The thumb rule to find an IPL contract is to perform against India, which was followed perfectly by the 26-year-old, scoring two T20I hundreds against the Bluesin Florida and Sabina Park. Mumbai Indians took the note and roped him in for ₹ 3.8 crores.
4. D’Arcy Short
D’Arcy Short is a batting all-rounder, a flashy left-handed opener, and a slow left-arm unorthodox bowler. The leading run-scorer in BBL this season has already drawn comparisons with David Warner, earning a call-up to Australia’s T20I side who won the recently concluded Tri-series against New Zealandand England. Rajasthan Royals put their faith in the southpaw to perform in the Indian conditions by signing him for ₹ 4 crores.
3. Jofra Archer
Moreover, the 22-year-old has been the find of the season in this year’s BBL, picking up 15 wickets in 11 games. Playing for Hobart Hurricanes, he grabbed his best figures of 3/15 against Strikers while clicking 145 km/h regularly, thereby stealing all the limelight. He was bagged by the Rajasthan Royals for a whopping ₹ 7.2 crores for his heroics with the ball
2. Jason Behrendorff
The 27-year-old plays for Perth Scorchers in the BBL and has been a significant part of their consecutive title wins in seasons 2 & 3. The left-arm bowler from New South Wales, Jason Behrendorff’s strength is to swing the ball in powerplay and pick up early wickets.Mumbai Indians buy him for a bargain price of ₹ 1.5 crores.
1. Shubman Gill
The ‘Man of the tournament’ in recently concluded ICCU-19 World Cup, Shubman Gill was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹1.8 crores to join his WC-winning team-mates Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.