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5 foreign players to watch out for in the CLT20

Overseas players have always played an important role & have often been the trump cards for the teams in T20.

Shoaib Malik

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Malik’s experience will be helpful for the Hobart Hurricanes as they make their debut in the CLT20. (Source: AP)

The former Pakistan captain has chosen to play for Big Bash side Hobart Hurricanes in the CLT20. He was an integral part of the Barbados Tridents- winners of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League, where he amassed 406 runs at an average of 50.75.  Malik is a T20 specialist , a sharp fielder and can turn his arm over to bowl some useful off break deliveries as well. His experience will surely come in handy for a relatively young Hurricanes side. Our Rating: Batting: 7/10, Bowling: 5/10, Fielding: 8/10.

Dwayne Smith

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The attacking Barbados batsman will look to maintain his good run of form. (Source: BCCI)

The stocky Barbados batsman was one of IPL 2014’s most exciting and explosive players. When he decides its time to attack he makes any bowling attack look sorry. Smith is coming in on the back of an impressive Caribbean Premier League campaign having captained his team- Barbados Tridents to victory. He scored 353 runs (including 2 centuries) in the tournament. He can be deceivingly agile on the field and has a rocket arm. His gentle medium pace bowling though would not be required outside the practice sessions. Smith’s no holds barred approach adds much value to the Chennai Super Kings team. Our Rating: Batting: 9/10, Bowling: 5/10, Fielding: 8/10.

Glen Maxwell

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Maxwell has the license to set the tournament on fire again with his blistering batting and sharp fielding. (Source: BCCI)

The man who set the 2014 IPL on fire, pulverizing bowlers and flaying them to all parts of the ground. (and stands) Maxwell was impressive in recent T20 and ODI outings against Zimbabwe and has kept his attacking approach intact. Maxwell is arguably one of the best fielders in the game- covering ground at lighting pace and making some jaw dropping acrobatic saves. His pick up and release time of the ball perhaps is his biggest fielding asset. Maxwell too like the others on this list bowls some tidy off spin and was an important partnership breaker in the IPL, he will be looking to carry his form into the tournament and has the all the credentials to instill fear into any opposition. Our Rating: Batting: 9/10, Bowling: 6/10, Fielding: 10/10.

Francois du Plessis

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Clearly the most in-form batsman in world cricket at the moment du Plessis will be a key to CSK’s fortunes.  (Source: BCCI)

The South Africa T20 captain has had a dream 2014 so far, he scored 3 centuries in 4 matches and was the man of the tournament in the recently concluded tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia. Known for his big hitting and electric fielding  du Plessis is also a good player of spin, something that will be in abundance this CLT20. His situational awareness and ability to read the pitch quickly makes him an asset to the Chennai Super Kings.  Our Rating: Batting: 9/10, Bowling: 4/10, Fielding: 10/10.

Sunil Narine

 Narine is run miser and puts pressure on opposition batsman when he is not picking wickets. (Source: BCCI)
Narine is run miser and puts pressure on opposition batsman when he is not picking wickets. (Source: BCCI)

The mystery spinner has always been a menace for batsman but Narine has not enjoyed a great run of form of late. His Caribbean T20 side failed to make it to the finals of the domestic tournament and he picked up only 9 wickets but managed to maintain a brilliant economy rate of 4.50 r.p.o. Narine has not been among the wickets in the recent ODIs against Bangladesh and a 3/31 was his best performance. Nevertheless one would have to be over confident to write off a class spinner like Narine, a return to his club franchisee could see him get back to form. Our Rating: Batting: 4/10, Bowling: 9/10, Fielding 6/10.