IPL 2022: 5 Overseas Players You Might Not Know

IPL 2022: 5 Overseas Players You Might Not Know
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Betting Expert, James Pacheco

Updated 04/03/2022

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Fans of IPL betting will be familiar with the big-name, multi-millionaire T20 globetrotters who grace the IPL with their presence every year.

You know the ones: Rashid Khan, Kieron Pollard, Glenn Maxwell, Andre Russell, Kane Williamson and Pat Cummins, to name but a few.

All of those will be in action once again in the IPL in 2022.

But as explained in this article, a few big names didn’t make the cut and it may just be the last we’ll see of the likes of Steve Smith and Aaron Finch over in India at domestic level.

But if the IPL door has perhaps closed for those, it’s certainly opened for a few lesser-known overseas players who obviously have something about them. Or else they wouldn’t have been bought!

Here are five players you may not know too much about now but will know plenty more about come the end of this year’s IPL.

Sean Abbott (Sunrisers Hyderabad: 2.4 Crore)

One can’t talk about Sean Abbott without mentioning that his name will always be associated with the tragedy involving Australian batsman Phil Hughes.

It was Abbott who bowled the delivery that fatally struck Hughes, a freak accident that at the very least meant that batting helmets were improved and made safer than ever before.

And it says a lot about Abbott and his character that he was able to carry on playing after the incident in 2014.

So far he’s played just two ODIs and seven T20Is for Australia but that’s more a reflection of the competition he’s been up against- Cummins, Starc, Hazlewood, Tye, Richardson, Coulter-Nile etc- than his own ability.

At domestic level he’s been good in all formats but it’s arguably been in T20 and the Big Bash that he’s really shone.

Playing for the Sydney Sixers, he’s won several Big Bash titles and having played 94 matches, is the highest wicket-taker in BBL history with 125, overtaking Ben Laughlin during the 2021-22 season.

He played a couple of matches for RCB in the IPL a few years ago without making an impact.

But now 30 and at the peak of his powers, he’ll look to use all his experience to good effect.

Also a useful batsman at seven or eight.

Tim David (Mumbai Indians, 8.25 Crore)

Who’s the highest paid Australian in the IPL?

Is it 2021 T20 World Cup Player of the Tournament David Warner? Is it Aussie Test skipper Pat Cummins? Or genius explosive batsman Glenn Maxwell? How about bulky match-winning all-rounder Mitch Marsh?

It’s none of those. Because Mumbai splashed out 8.25 Crore to secure the services of Tim David. In the process he also became Mumbai’s highest-ever paid overseas player.

In truth, the question is a bit of a red herring because though Tim David does qualify to play for Australia, he currently represents Singapore.

An extremely tall and powerful man, he first caught the eye playing some cameos for the Perth Scorchers in the BBL, before being signed up by the Hobart Hurricanes the following season.

Classed as an all-rounder but very much a specialist finisher with brutal hits in the death overs as his T20 strike rate of 159 proves, he’s a sort of Kieron Pollard.

So it will be interesting to see how those two both fit into Mumbai’s XI and who will bat higher.

Has gained plenty of experience the past couple of years playing in the PSL, CPL and also for Surrey in the T20 Blast and the Southern Brave in The Hundred, which he won.

Now’s his chance to impress on the biggest domestic T20 stage of them all.


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Tymal Mills (Mumbai Indians, 1.5 Crore)

He may have gone for a fraction of the price of Mumbai team-mate David but Mills may have just as important a role to play this season for Mumbai, the 6.0 joint-favourites with Betway.

A left-arm pace bowler who can sometimes reach 90mph, 29-year old Mills has had a career plagued with injuries that have prevented him from playing all formats bar T20 and which have kept him out from even playing that for months on end at times.

He did have a short spell in the IPL in 2017 at RCB, inevitably cut short by injury, and now returns for another go after excellent seasons on the domestic front with Sussex and (like Mills), with the Southern Brave, who went on to win The Hundred.

He was also part of the Scorchers side who won the 2022 BBL, though he was on England duty during the Playoffs.

A strike rate of 18.2 is excellent in T20 and an economy rate of 7.82 also impressive. If they can keep him fit for his yorkers, slower bills and back-of-a-length rockets in the death overs, they have a match-winner on their hands.

Marco Jansen (Sunrisers Hyderabad 4.2 Crore)

When 2.04 metre-tall Jansen was bought by Mumbai in the 2021 auction, everyone was asking ‘Marco, who?’

He played just two matches that season, taking two wickets, and that was that.

But South Africa knew what a quality player they had on their hands and have since fielded him in five Tests, including in the 2021-22 Series win over India, where he was excellent. He’s also played an ODI for them, also against India.

It’s not bad going for a player who is still only 21.

A left-arm bowler who also bats and has five first-class fifties to his name, it’s that high and awkward angle generated by his left-arm deliveries that causes batsmen problems, much like Shaheen Shah Afridi or Mitchell Starc.

If he can make contributions with both bat and ball, he could really help the cause at SRH. As 13.0 outsiders, they certainly need them.

Hasaranga da Silva (RCB, 10.75 Crore)

Ok, this one you do probably know about but we’ll go through Hasaranga and his career anyway!

At the 2021 T20 World Cup, he was the tournament’s top wicket-taker with 16 wickets in eight matches, with an extraordinary economy rate of just 5.2.

A brilliant leg-spinner with plenty of variations with a career strike rate of 14.5, that’s certainly not his only skill.

He’s also a fine fielder and superb middle-order batsman, with three centuries and 17 fifties to his name in First Class cricket.

And these are all factors as to why he was bought for so much money.

He had already been at RCB for a couple of matches in last season’s IPL without making a big impact but his World Cup performances convinced the RCB management they needed to go back in for him in the auction, after not being retained.

It’s 8.5 with Betway that RCB win their first-ever IPL title and if they do, they’ll need some big contributions from this man.

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