IPL 2019 schedule has been declared and the IPL 2019 team squads and players list of all 8 teams are ready. Many new local names will be making a debut to the IPL circuit this year along with many international or foreign players as well.
Foreign players have always been an integral part of the IPL squads and have played important roles in making them champions. The IPL rules suggest that only 8 foreign players can be included in the squad and only 4 of them can play in a match.
So, the best of the talents are picked as a core team and their backups are evenly matched as well. Only the best foreign players are picked by the franchises. Like the big hitting batsmen, death overs expert bowlers or potent all rounders.
In this article, we will take a look at the best foreign players for each team in the upcoming IPL 2019.
Kings XI Punjab is blessed with many big international names like David Miller, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Moises Henriques but their best foreign player is also the most destructive batsman in the IPL history – Chris Gayle. He hasn’t shown his capability in the last 2 seasons but he is a sleeping tiger and when he roars everyone would go silent. He once smashed 175 runs in 66 balls. Miller has also been King’s support for the last 5 years but no one is above King Chris.
Trent Boult is the best foreign players for Delhi Capitals without a doubt. He has been the best bowler for New Zealand in all formats of the game for last few years.
Delhi bought him last year in auctions and his performance was quite impressive, he was the partnership-breaker for his team. His talent is exceptional as he can adapt situation accordingly in various surfaces. He can swing the new ball in both directions and can bowl sleek yorkers in death overs. Capitals is fortunate to have a Boult in their squad who can be used in any situation.
He has picked 33 wickets in 29 IPL games and just helped New Zealand won the T20 series against India with his amazing performances indicating his ravishing form. He is the best foreign player in the Delhi Capitals squad.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB may have never won the IPL title, but this guy has made countless loyal fans with his breathtaking performances. He is the best foreign player of the RCB squad ever since he joined them in 2011 – AB Devilliers is without a doubt the best foreign player in RCB squad.
His match winning knocks at many times have snatched victory for RCB. He and RCB skipper Virat Kohli have partnered up many times to put the score beyond over 200. He has scored 3953 runs in 141 IPL matches at a strike rate of 151.
This year too he will be RCB’s hope in quest to conquer the IPL stage. And in possible absence of Kohli from RCB this year, he most probably will be the skipper of RCB.
When it comes to the best foreign player of the Kolkata Knight Riders, the discussion stopped between Chris Lynn and Andre Russell. They are the best foreign players in the KKR squad. But given Andre Russell is the best all-rounder at the moment, he is also the best foreign player in KKR Squad.
He makes an impact on KKR and every other team he represents and is one of the most sought after player in T20 cricket. KKR signed Andre Russell in 2014 and since then he has helped them seize many impressive victories and also a title. He is one of the rarest players who are equally good with the bat as well as bowl. So, you just can’t point him for as a batting all rounder or bowling all rounder.
He is the best foreign signing of KKR. And with a strike rate of 177 and 44 wickets to go along in his tally, he will be carrying KKR hopes in the IPL 2019.
All Mumbai Indians foreign signings are either big names or big shots. So, it’s not easy to pick the best amongst them but it is safe to say that Keiron Pollard is the best foreign player of Mumbai Indians.
Last season didn’t went too great for him. He was not very good with either bat or bowl. But this doesn’t change the fact that he has always stood up for Mumbai whenever they needed him. He will definitely make a comeback and make out for his bad last season.
His record of 2476 runs with a strike rate of 146 along with 56 wickets are enough to prove he has been the man for Mumbai throughout. Let’s see what he brings to the table for Mumbai this year.
The English lad Jos Buttler is the best foreign signing for Rajasthan Royals. He is considered as a modern day T20 legend. The most noticable thing about him is that he is ultimately consistent that means he can play with a strike rate of over 120 even in his bad days.
He has got many impressive shots and they are classy as well which are very eye pleasing. He’s got 1075 runs in 37 IPL games.
He has been a great signing for the Rajasthan Royals for the quick and impressive starts he provided so far. Although, Rajasthan have the most impressive foreign team members like Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer but no one is as consistent as Jos Buttler is.
SRH also has some decent foreign players like Kane Williamson, David Warner but nobody will be as impressive as Rashid Khan is. His ability to hoax the batsmen with various tricks he’s got has turned him into the best T20 bowler in the world.
He is invincible in this format of the game which makes him the perfect bowler for SRH squad. His ability to turn bowl in any direction he wants makes the batsmen helpless in front of him. He has picked 38 wickets in 31 IPL games with an economy of 6.69.
Plus, he can bat as well and can score big hits if the team needed. Right now, he is way ahead then the other foreign signings of SRH and will be the most important asset to the SRH in the IPL 2019.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings is the most successful team in IPL history and foreign players have played major role behind their success. With the likes of Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir and Faf du Plessis in their squad, CSK is invincible.
But, currently the 37 year old Australian all rounder Shane Watson is their best foreign player. He’s been the part of successful title winning franchise and it will be safe to say he encompass talent with massive experience.
He is a devastating batsmen and a quality bowler as well. Last season his contribution with bat and bowl helped CSK won their third IPL title.
In 117 IPL matches, he has scored 3177 runs at a strike rate of 141 and 92 wickets to his name is well, isn’t it unreal? In the final match of IPL 2018 between CSK and SRH, he scored 117 runs. He will in the frontlines defending the title for his team this year as well.