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5 Players who deserve an IPL Call Up

Rilee Rossouw in action
Rilee Rossouw in action
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IPL is definitely one of the most successful and the most followed cricket leagues around the world.

Players from all nations desire to participate in the cash rich league not just for the money matters but also for the competitive edge this league has over the other tournaments.

IPL has shaped careers of cricket individuals in the past and there is no better platform in the world to showcase your cricketing skills than the IPL.

There are a few players who have been knocking at the doors of IPL franchises with their recent performances. Here are a few of them:

1. Rilee Rossouw (South Africa)

Rilee Rossouw had been a regular in the South African National side from the year 2014 to 2016. He has since played in the T20 leagues around the world and has reinvented his game to become one of the most destructive forces in T20 cricket. His performances in PSL 2022 and the recently concluded England's T20 Blast have been nothing short of excellent. Based on his recent form, Rilee Rossouw has been included in the South Africa National side for the T20I series against England starting on 27th of July, 2022.

The range of shots he has in his book are second to none. Playing for Somerset in the T20 Blast, Rilee Rossouw struck 93 runs in just 36 balls against Derbyshire in the Playoffs stage. He hit 36 runs in one over in the match.

Based on his current form, Rilee Rossouw is definitely one of the few players who deserve an IPL call up next year.

2. Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe)

Sikandar Raza has been the backbone of Zimbabwean national cricket team in the middle order. When Raza gets going, he is impossible to stop. He showcased some of his brilliance in the recently concluded World T20 Qualifier, which Zimbabwe won, by beating Netherlands, in the Final. He is one of the main architects of helping his team qualify for the ICC World T20, slated to begin later this year.
Sikandar Raza is a great player of spin bowling and holds a great strike rate of 121.9 in T20I cricket. Apart from playing for Zimbabwe national team, he occasionally participates in tournaments like the Everest Premier League that happened last year.

Sikandar Raza is definitely one player that should attract the attention of Franchises to help him earn an IPL call up next year.

3. Sanjay Yadav (India)

The Indian domestic circuit is witnessing some pure class and power batting, thanks to this young man playing in the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2022. Sanjay Yadav is representing Nellai Royal Kings in the Tamil Nadu Premier League. He is currently the highest run scorer in the tournament with 376 runs to his name in 7 matches played. He holds an exceptional strike rate of 125.33, which is among the highest in the Tamil Nadu Premier League.

He has been very consistent with his performances and never lets his team down. Apart from his amazing power hitting prowess, he also takes the responsibility of bringing his team home based on the situation. He is a true match winner and is certainly a player who deserves an IPL call up next year.

4. Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka)

The Sri Lanka white ball skipper, Dasun Shanaka is a determined player who wants to stay until the last ball to win the game for his team. His brilliant performance in the 3rd T20I, against Australia recently, was noticed by cricket lovers all around the world. Sri Lanka were struggling at 118 for 6 by the end of the 17th over, requiring another 59 to win off 18 balls. No one believed that Sri Lanka would make it, except for Dasun Shanaka. He smashed 54 off just 25 balls to take his team home with 1 ball to spare.

His breath-taking performance against a quality Australian bowling attack must have sent signals to the IPL franchises and if all goes well, he must earn an IPL call up next year.

5. Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan)

Najibullah Zadran is an exciting talent to watch. When he is in full flow, he is simply unstoppable. Najibullah Zadran performed superbly, in the ICC World T20, in October last year. He has been a very consistent performer for Afghanistan in the recent times. In the ongoing Shpageeza Cricket League 2022, he has already amassed 148 runs in 4 matches at an average of 74.00 and an unbelievable strike rate of 174.11.

His powerful batting skills can be deduced by the fact that he holds a strike rate of 140.00 in the T20I cricket. Zadran plays his shots all around the ground and he is as powerful on the off side as he is on the leg side.

He will fancy playing on the Indian pitches and he definitely deserves an IPL call up next year.

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