• Four Proteas stars at the IPL

    The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is scheduled for this year. South African stars are due to feature again.

    Lungi Ngidi

    The fast bowler is due to return for the Chennai Super Kings again. He’ll be part of a seam attack that also includes Australian Josh Hazlewood. Ngidi didn’t play the 2019 edition of the IPL due to injury. ‘Lungi felt discomfort while bowling during the last ODI against Sri Lanka at Newlands and immediately stopped bowling. Further scans revealed a Grade II muscle strain which will need up to four weeks of rest followed by a rehabilitation programme leading up to the World Cup,” South Africa team manager doctor Mohammed Moosajee Moosajee said at the time.

    Faf du Plessis

    The batsman is no longer the Proteas’ ODI or T20I captain. He will be key for the Super Kings again, perhaps even as an opening batsman. Du Plessis has been retained on South Africa’s list of contracted players. ‘We have contracted 16 men’s players and 14 women’s players which we feel is the appropriate number to maintain our national squads across the various formats. This enables us to contract both our Test players as well as those who are limited-overs specialists,’ said Cricket South Africa acting chief executive Jacques Faul of the retention of du Plessis and others.

    David Miller

    The left-handed batsman has moved from the Kings XI Punjab to the Rajasthan Royals. He will play alongside England fast bowler Tom Curran and other international stars as the Royals. ‘It’s an unbelievable standard at the IPL, so it’s a great experience for me. These are sold-out games and it’s proper loud. So it’s mirroring as close to the biggest games on the international circuit, what they’ll be like. It will be a great experience. If guys go there and do well, they’ll take a lot of confidence from that. That’s what it’s all about,’ said Curran. The Royals used to be coached by Shane Warne, who is a fan of gambling online and would have had a favourite Blackjack casino site in India.

    Kagiso Rabada

    The pace ace will be with the Delhi Capitals again. His role has become all the more important after England star Chris Woakes withdrew from the tournament. ‘The IPL is great but I’ve been there and done it. That’s not to say I don’t want to do it again but at this moment England is the most important thing to me, as well as spending time at home with the family where I can. You don’t put yourself into these things intending to pull out. I went into the IPL auction hoping that I would get picked up, it’s a great experience. But it’s impossible to do everything,’ said Woakes.

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