Apart from the large sums of money associated in the IPL, a great season can do miracles for just about any player, and there have been numerous instances over the past 15 years in which a player has witnessed a transformation in oneself as a professional as a result of playing in the cash-rich tournament. Let’s take a look at five of the finest Australian players produced by the IPL in this article.
Shane Watson, an Australian all-rounder, is one of the best international players to have played in the IPL. Over the course of 12 years, the right-handed batting all-rounder has served Rajasthan Royals (RR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), winning one title each with RR and CSK. On two times, he was named Most Valuable Player of the Season (2008 and 2013). In the cash-rich league, the 40-year-old owns four centuries.
Warner continues to be the most successful international player in the history of the IPL. He became only the fourth batsman in T20 cricket history to score 10,000 runs in the 2021 season. He has become the first batsman in IPL history to score 50 half-centuries.
In IPL 2022, Warner performed what he does effectively in the shortest format, he scored runs at a good strike rate. With five half-centuries to his credit, he scored 432 runs in 12 innings at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 151.
For DC, he had a number of standout performances at the top order. His best effort, though, happened against his former franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the first innings, he scored 92*(58) as Delhi amassed 207 runs.
Pat Cummins, an Australian bowler, began his Indian Premier League journey with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014, where he lasted for two years before joining Delhi Capitals (Delhi Daredevils) in 2017, after a gap in 2016. In the IPL, his appearances were inconsistent, and he dropped out of the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Later came the 2020 auction, where KKR paid Rs 15.5 crore for Cummins, earning him the most valuable international player in IPL history. When he was bought for his fierce pace bowling, the pacer also proved his value with some critical batsmanship efforts.
Pat Cummins trounced 56 runs off 15 balls against Mumbai Indians in his maiden match for KKR in the 2022 season, at a breathtaking strike rate of 373.33. After bringing up his third IPl fifty in just 14 balls, the Australian pacer tied for the joint-fastest fifty in IPL history with Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul.
While CSK won the IPL in 2021, Josh Hazlewood had a fantastic season. He was, nevertheless, released prior to the IPL mega auction. RCB signed him for Rs. 7.75 crore. He was the speed attack spearhead for Bangalore, as predicted.
In 12 games, Hazlewood took 20 wickets at an average of 18.85 and an economy rate of 8.11. Since Starc in 2015, it was the first time an Australian fast bowler had a successful season for Bangalore.
The best bowling performance by Hazlewood was against the Lucknow Super Giants. He took the wickets of De Kock, Pandey, Badoni, and Stoinis for figures of 4/25 in 4 overs.
Steve Smith, the former Australian captain, is noted for his excellent batting technique and footwork. On numerous occasions, he has led the Australian team to victory.
Smith has made appearances in over 100 IPL matches for several teams. Smith has a career batting average of over 30 and has scored 2,485 runs in 103 at-bats. During his ten-year IPL career, he has 11 fifties and a century to his credit.
In 2012, Steve Smith made his IPL debut for the Pune Warriors. He played there for two seasons, scoring 521 runs in 22 games. After Pune, he moved on to Rajasthan Royals in 2014, where he lasted for two seasons. Smith was purchased by the new Rising Pune Supergiants after the Rajasthan Royals were banned from the IPL.
Rajasthan Royals repurchased him in 2019 and elected him captain of the team. In the 2019 and 2020 editions, he led the RR to 319 and 311 runs, respectively. Delhi Capitals purchased the Australian batsman in the IPL mega auction after Rajasthan dropped him ahead of the 2021 season. Smith hit 152 runs in 8 games for Delhi.