Season two of the Indian Premier League will feature 14 Sri Lankans.
Sanath Jayasuriya, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando.
Thilan Thushara, Muttiah Muralitharan.
Farveez Maharoof. Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene.
Chamara Silva, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa.
Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Mathews.
Below is my list of players to watch out for.
|Sanath Teran Jayasuriya:
The Sri Lankan veteran, although nearing 40, is still considered one of the game’s most devastating batsman.He is the only Sri Lankan player to have played in South African conditions in the last 12 months.
Jayasuriya failed to impress in his brief stint for the Nashua Dolphins, but anyone who knows anything about the man, knows that he can be just one knock away from getting back into his destructive best.
Sanath Jayasuriya is also a handy fielder and a fine left arm spinner.
| Kumar Sangakkara:
Buoyant with his recent appointment as Sri Lankan skipper, Kumar Sangakkara brings both style and class to the T20 game. Punjab will be hard pressed to find a better keeper/batsman anywhere.
Sangakkara along with Shaun Marsh and Yuvraj Singh is the core of the Kings Elven Punjab batting.
Elegant but brutal when he chooses to be, Sangakkara will thrive on the extra bounce and pace of the South African wickets.
| Ajantha Mendis:
Mendis AKA The Mystery Spinner, has not had the best run of late. Three successive series, one test series against Bangladesh, a Test match and ODI series against Pakistan, and a 3 match ODI series against India, didn’t prove to be lucrative for Mendis.
However unlike the slow turning wickets he had to contend with on the above mentioned tours, Mendis will welcome the additional bounce and pace off wickets in South Africa.
Not many have unearthed him just yet, and in a slog fest- which T20 essentially is- Mendis will be tough to unravel.
| Angelo Matthews:
The lack of any available video is proof to how new Angelo Mathews is to International cricket. Mathews has played in just 5 ODIs for Sri Lanka. To receive an IPL contract at such an early stage in his career is testament to the immense potential the all rounder has displayed at the domestic level in Sri Lanka.
A strong driver and cutter of the ball, Angelo will enjoy the ball coming on to the bat in South Africa. He is a brilliant fielder and bowls medium pace at around the 130KPH mark.
In February of this year Mathews smashed 270 runs to take Basnahira North to an innings victory in Sri Lanka’s 2009 inter provincial tournament.
| Farveez Maharoof:
Who could forget Big ‘Roof’s 26 runs in an Over against Shane Warne? In season one of the IPL Maharoof proved to be an exceptional purchase for his franchise. Maharoof thought to be a bowling all-rounder who can bat a bit, is an under rated batsman who can hit it a long way.
It’s possible after his exploits in season one, Delhi may push Maharoof up it’s batting order to keep that much needed momentum up.
Remember, when you see this man walking out, get your hard hats on!