IPL-V: Debutants to enthrall!
Sunil Narine, Kolkata Knight Riders
The exciting young off-spinner turned heads last year when he came to India with Trinidad & Tobago to play in the Champions League T20. Narine was amongst the leading wicket-takers with 10 wickets from six games at a staggering economy-rate of 4.37. Narine, who caused Australia severe problems in the just-concluded ODI series in West Indies, was purchased for a handsome USD 700,00 in the IPL Auction earlier this year. Gautam Gambhir would hope Narine brings his current form against Australia to the IPL.
Michael Clarke, Pune Warriors India
Though Clarke will be joining Pune only for the second half of the IPL, the Australian captain will look to make a telling impact in his much-awaited debut in the tournament. Clarke, who started out as an attacking batsman, has developed into the middle-order mainstay for Australia in recent years. In fact, citing poor form, he quit the T20 game after the last World T20 in the West Indies. Now, Clarke returns to the format in a bid to not only answer his detractors, but return to Australia’s T20 squad.
Darren Bravo, Deccan Chargers
The stylish Trinidadian batsman was sold to Deccan Chargers for a reasonable USD 100,000. His could prove to be the best buy of all during the 2011 IPL Players’ Auction. His form during West Indies’ visit to India stood out, as much as his similarity to Brian Lara. After 12 Tests his run aggregate and average were identical to that of Lara’s after 12. Bravo will now look to earn more fans in India — just like his uncle, the Prince of Trinidad during the 1990s.