The landscape of cricket has been transformed forever with the advent of the Indian Premier League with brilliant talents from several countries finding a platform to showcase their skillset.
But, there are many talented players who are seldom noticed as they represent the Associate nations and therefore, unfortunately, don’t get enough opportunities at the highest level. In this article, we take a look at five players from Associate counties whose addition has given a new dynamic to their franchises in IPL history.
Sandeep Lamichhane (Delhi Capitals)
Sandeep Lamichhane created history when he became the first player from Nepal to play in the Indian Premier League. He enjoyed an exemplary debut season for Delhi in 2018 that he was one of the five overseas players retained by the franchise for the 2019 season. Mentored by the former Australian captain Michael Clarke, the youngster has been making waves in leagues all around the globe.
Lamichhane has earned plaudits for his bowling performances and became the first cricketer to make his international debut playing for a World XI. He earned the Player of the Series award in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2, and was instrumental in Nepal making it to the ICC World Cup Qualifiers. Together with Amit Mishra, Lamichhane will form a lethal leg-spin bowling combination for Delhi Capitals for the third year running.
Ali Khan (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Brought in to replace injured Harry Gurney, Ali Khan becomes the first player from the USA to ply his trade in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020).
29-year-old fast bowler Khan has just played in the Trinbago Knight Riders and will become the first player from his country to feature in IPL.
Khan has been among the best fast bowlers in the CPL, and among the best performers over the last three years, which has earned him contracts in T20 leagues around the world.
He was on KKR’s radar as a standby player last season as well. This CPL season he took eight wickets in eight matches with an economy rate of 7.43.
Dirk Nannes (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Dirk Nannes won his first IPL contract in 2009. The scouts in Delhi Daredevils unearthed him from the various European leagues where he was traumatizing the batsmen through his threatening pace.
Nannes who represented the Netherlands in International cricket was the first player from the associate nation to make a place in IPL. Nannes also proved particularly impressive in IPL in various stints. He also represented Chennai Super Kings where he became to go-to bowler for Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the death overs. Nannes ended his IPL career with 29 wickets and left a legacy on the tournament.
Chirag Suri (Gujarat Lions)
Not many IPL fans would know about Chirag Suri as the Gujarat Lions never gave him a chance to play. The Emirates cricketer was bought by the Gujarat franchise for 10 lakhs in the IPL player auction 2017. Despite the lack of adequate foreign players in the ending stages of the 2017 season, the Rajkot-based franchise fielded an additional Indian player instead of having Suri in the playing XI.
The 23-year-old was a part of the U.A.E team which faced Australia in a T20I match recently.
Ryan Ten Doeschate (KolkataKnight Riders)
The Netherlands international is a legend in the county cricket. However, most of his popular cricket has come while representing Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL. The player joined the franchise in 2011 and was part of two title-winning campaigns. A useful lower-order batsman, Doeschate won several games single-handedly. He represented the franchise in 29 games scoring 326 runs at a strike rate of 138.72. He also has two wickets under his belt.