Some have raw talent; Others came from cricket outposts. Look at some of the newcomers who can sparkle in IPL-13.
From Lion City
Tim David (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Role playing: All-rounder
He was the hot T20 franchise property, but had to trek on a circuit route to fulfill his cricketing aspirations. Repeatedly sniffing through his home state, Western Australia, David chose to play for his hometown, Singapore. He became an abrupt superstar with his big hitting prowess that could not escape the attention of Big Bash League scouts. So before playing a single first-class or List A game, David got a Perth Scorchers contract. More lucrative deals followed; Lahore Khalanders, Saint Lucia Kings, Hobart Hurricanes, Southern Brave (Hundred Champions) and now Royal Challengers Bangalore. Meanwhile, he has struck a limited-overs cricket deal with Surrey.
He embodied all the virtues necessary for the lowest format: skill to get the tea off the get-go, ability to maintain speed — he makes thunderbolts on the ground — and a strong and accurate throwing arm. David Hundred impressed Liam Livingstone’s game-changing runout in the final. He boasts a 154 T20 strike rate and an average of 36 in 61 games, which means he hits well and scores consistently.
Touching his way to glory
Liam Livingstone (Rajasthan Royals)
Role playing: Batting all-rounder
He can bowl both leg breaks and off-breaks, depending on whether the batsman is left-handed or right-handed, but it is his devastating batting that has made Livingstone a prestigious franchise-cricket organization. He first made headlines – 21, after dropping out of university, saying he could not focus on academics because of cricket – he scored 350 off 138 balls (34 fours and 27 sixes) in a club game. After that, he quickly climbed the ropes of the game, eventually making his way into England last year despite their wealth of all-round quality in low formats.
Livingstone’s clean, straight-hitting skill has many strong people. Andy Flower convinced him that the cricket ball he saw was the hardest hitter. His Lancashire teammate James Anderson calls him a scary hitter. What could have made him even more valuable in the UAE was his ability to tear down the spin, demonstrated by smacking hundreds of people during the Lions tour in Sri Lanka a few years ago.
Coming from Cumbria’s cricket backwaters, many coaches say he has never played competitive cricket for Livingstone, without the stigma attached to public school upbringing, and with the homespan technique. But he kept on giving and eventually proved them wrong.
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– Liam Livingstone (@ liaml4893) September 16, 2021
George Gorton (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Role playing: Bowling all-rounder
His follow-through side-on freeze-frame resembles that of South Africa’s left-handed wrist-spinner Paul Adams, whose body almost hugs the ground with physical intensity, his arms spinning. But anything other than a Gorton spinner, someone who watches consistently above 90mph from an explosive leap from a relatively low run-up. He was assigned to Test cricket and was selected as a standby for the Ashes 2017-18, but on the one hand for the race, he chose when he lifted his cricket kit from the airport carousel. He missed two years of progress, but was revived with a focus on franchise cricket.
Gorton joined the T10 league, where he became the highest wicket-taker. He threw his hat into the Hundred Rings, where he was also in unbeaten form, pushing Southern Brave to the title with his 10 wickets.
He did not lose the rare gift of sticking his speed and ball to the right hand side, the Sussex guy added more strings to his bow, which is a real T20 staple like slow bouncers and cutters. But it’s the speed that thrills him, and it could be his USP on the dead tracks of the UAE.
Coming the hardest way
Nathan Ellis (Kings of Punjab)
Role playing: Pace bowler
Tasmanian Seamer has the gift of making great first impressions. He scored five runs in his Sheffield Shield debut six-for-Marsh Cup debut, before scoring a hat-trick in his first game for Australia in the T20 International against Bangladesh.
But Ellis had to work very hard to reach those platforms. For a long time, he felt a lack of thunderous pace and recognition in domestic cricket, for a while he thought his height (five feet eleven) was important (or not). He also considered quitting cricket and pursuing a full-time accounting job (he has a degree in Commerce). But somehow, he continued with cricket, even though it was difficult to make a living as a laborer in Hobart, a furniture removal specialist, and then a part-time assistant to a teacher at a boys’ school with learning difficulties.
It was then that Tasmania coach Adam Griffith spotted him during the club game and invited him for trials. He impressed with Ellis’ soft wrist and Kookaburra’s ability to swing the ball over Australia’s rough, dead tracks. He added a pinpoint yorker and a cleverly disguised back of the handball, removed his pace-height inferiority complex and began his true cricketing journey.
Glenn Phillips (Rajasthan Royals)
Country: New Zealand
Role playing: Wicket-keeper-batsman
Daniel Vettori calls him a total cricketer. A post-modern stroke-maker, polished gloveman, acrobatic slip-fielder and effective off-spinner, he can bowl flat and skid the ball from the surface, a skill his franchise and country can use in the coming months in the UAE. But it’s in the news as Phillips batsmanship. He came to the desert with a running spring. In a Caribbean Premier League match, he hit nine sixes (and two fours) while scoring an unbeaten 80 off just 39 balls. His boundary-hitting nature is immense — every fifth ball he faces is hit for a six or four in T20 cricket, in which he declares a strike rate of 144.
Now that Jose Butler is unavailable for this leg, Phillips could get an extended opportunity to set fire to the six-hitting chart. But he wants to create his own legacy. “The team brought me in to do any role I needed, so I’m not really filling Jose’s shoes, I’m probably filling my own shoes and looking to create my own legacy rather than replacement.”
Vanindu Hasaranga (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Country: Sri Lanka
Role playing: Spin bowling all-rounder
As Hasaranga grew, he wanted to spin the ball in advance like his idol Muttiah Muralitharan. But he chose leg-spin and the modern-low, format evolved exponentially. Rashid Khan is a leg spinner in the mold, confusing and frustrating the batsmen with changes in flight conversion and flatness, control, skid and variations, angles, pace and release points. The methods are working as Tabariz Shamsi is second in the ICC T20 bowlers’ rankings. Like Rashid, Hasaranga can open the bowling, apply squeeze in the middle overs and suppress the batsmen at death. With a T20 economy rate of 6.39 and an average of 15, it is a mystery why he did not sell at auction. It took his three-wicket blast against India in July to attract the franchise’s attention — apparently a four-way clash to get his services.
His Utility Swelling – Lately, he has become the Sri Lankan finisher with both bat and ball, filling the role of Thisara Pereira. He also spoke prudently: “Finishers have a long career and I want to be one of them.” No bigger window than the next two months.
Remember the name
Ben Dwarshuis (Delhi Capitals)
Role playing: Seamer
Two BBL commentators turned their tongues to pronounce his Dutch surname correctly. To them, he offered a simple solution: “They are all legends so they can say it anyway!” Earlier, his surname had attracted attention, then the mustache, now his bowling.
Not an express bowler, he is best known for his accuracy and intelligence, his yorker and cutters, his innate ability to second-rate the batsman’s mind, his composure under pressure and his wicket-taking skills. In the last three BBL seasons only Daniel Sams has taken more wickets than Dwarshuis, Sams alone has taken more wickets at the time of his death and his economy rate at PowerPlus is 6.62 which is the best at that time. And all of this, he wrapped his screws and wires around his back after the stress injuries. Like other Dutch-Australian cricketer Dirk Nanes, if he waits too long for the Australia hat, he is looking forward to the country of his birth.