The Indian Premier League has given the world several unbelievable cricketers over the years, famous names that have dominated the bowling and batting charts at various times. In this article we will look at five of the finest South African players produced by the league.
David Miller has established himself as one of the most powerful batsmen in limited-overs cricket, IPL in particular, having contributed to several match-winning innings for Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals, and Gujarat Titans. Miller holds a joint record for the fastest T20i century, scoring in just 35 balls against Sri Lanka in 2017. He also achieved the same in IPL, with a 38-ball century against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013 being one of his most memorable innings.
Miller has been a key part of the Gujarat Titans’ victory in the IPL 2022 season. He hit 481 runs in the just-completed season, which was his greatest in the prestigious tournament, and he finished sixth in the season’s highest run scorers.
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers, nicknamed as Mr 360 for his talent to strike the ball to every parts of the field, has always been one of the best South African players in IPL history. His IPL career began with the Delhi Daredevils, but it’s with the Royal Challengers Bangalore that he discovered his true potential. De Villiers, along with Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle, became one of the most terrifying batting dynasties in cricket history, smashing unwary bowlers.
With his creative shot-making, perfect timing, and capability to clear the line, the South African has scored over 4000 runs in 154 IPL matches, averaging nearly 40 and a strike rate of more than 150.
Quinton de Kock
De Kock has turned his attention to white-ball cricket after retiring from Test cricket. The South African batsman has been a part of the IPL since 2013, when he made his debut with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). For the next three seasons, he featured for the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and then for the RCB in 2018.
The 29-year-old became an important member of the Mumbai Indians (MI) squad after signing a three-year contract with them from 2019 to 2021. The Lucknow Super Giants signed him to their team for INR 6.75 crore ahead of the IPL 2022 season.
With a total of 508 runs, he is the third top scorer in the IPL 2022 season.
The Delhi Capitals chose Anrich Nortje of South Africa over Kagiso Rabada for the 2022 IPL season.
The 28-year-old right-arm bowler was just not prepared to play for the first few matches, but he did prove his worth against the Lucknow Super Giants.
He made his comeback for DC side against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 5, followed by outings against Chennai Super Kings (May 8) and Rajasthan Royals (May 11). In six matches, he has taken nine wickets at a 9.71 economy rate.
When Nortje is teamed with Rabada, he is at his finest.
Since 2016, no bowler has delivered more balls in any format than Rabada. In addition, no bowler has given up more sixes over the last three IPL editions than Rabada. Rabada has 98 T20 wickets at an economy rate of 8.23 since the start of 2020. Rabada has been the most effective wicket-taker among pacers in the IPL 2022, with 23 wickets at an average of 17.65. Despite Punjab Kings‘ poor season, which saw them miss out on the IPL playoffs once more, Kagiso Rabada’s contribution was a bright spot for them.