The 2020 Indian Premier League has come and gone, with the Mumbai Indians successfully defending their title after victory over the Delhi Capitals in the final.
The IPL 2020 saw a lot of international talent strut their stuff. Many of these will be on show for their countries as this year comes to a close. Here are five particularly popular cricketers who played in the IPL and will represent their home nations again soon enough.
Quinton de Kock
The Mumbai Indians opening batsman was a central figure to the franchise’s title-winning campaign. He really took the attack to a lot of opening bowlers and, if he wasn’t out already at he time, the change bowlers as well. The power-packed left-hander was also the team’s primary wicketkeeper. This will likely be the case in South Africa’s upcoming series against South Africa, too, unless they decide to give Kyle Verreynne the wicketkeeping duties and de Kock plays as a specliast batsman.
Nortje was not going to play in the IPL 2020. He hadn’t been picked. But then he got chosen as a late addition to the Delhi Capitals squad. He was going to play for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2019 IPL, but was then sidelined by injury. This season, though, he was among the top bowlers for the Capitals, who used to be called the Daredevils. Nortje enjoyed the conditions in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. Where other fast bowlers struggled for pace and carry, he relished both and troubled many solid batsmen. He, like de Kock, will play against England during November and December’s limited-over series against England. Those who bet on products like the best online casino might also punt for the tourists to win this series despite the presence of Nortje.
The biggest news that has come out of the Indian camp recently is that Kohli won’t stick around for the whole four-Test series against Australia. He will head home after the first one to be with his wife and their newborn child. This will be a big blow to the Indian touring party in Australia. They will struggle without him for the Tests in Adelaide and surrounds. The positive influence of Kohli was evident during the IPL, when he led the Royal Challengers Bangalore so superbly. He is an excellent captain and one of the best batsmen in the world. He was consistently well partnered by former Proteas captain AB de Villiers.
Fans will be able to see Holder playing for the West Indies against New Zealand soon enough. Holder was given a late show at the IPL 2020 after coming into the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad for the injured Mitchell Marsh. After a brief stint watching from the hotel room, Holder entered the XI and had a great impact with bat and ball for the Hyderabad team. His right-arm seam was a great boost for the bowling ranks. His hard-hitting down the order with the willow really helped a lot as well.