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Foreign players have dominated IPL so far

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Published: Friday, April 20, 2012, 16:05 [IST]
 
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Overseas players have dominated IPL

Indian Premier League, the cash-rich league has had its own merits and demerits since its inception in 2008 while the major issue concerned has been the dearth of local talent, making it hard to believe it as 'domestic league' as only foreign players have shared the limelight eversince its first edition while only a hand few of local players have been recognised.

Started in 2008, IPL was given more prominence than other tournaments by the Indian cricket board, since it was a seen as a platform to identify domestic players, but given the current scenario, only foreign players have dominated the league so far as only a hand few of them come under the domestic player category.

For instance, its only Ajinkya Rahane and Shahbaz Nadeem who have performed consistently in this year's IPL, while most of the foreigners have already topped the lists whether bowling or batting is considered.

Foreign players like Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Morne Morkel, Muttaiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Sunil Narine, Brett Lee, Jacques Kallis, Kieron Pollard, David Hussey, Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh, Faf du Plessis and many other cricketers who think IPL performance can get them more recognition.

Here's a look at foreign players' dominance in IPL over the years

                   Player   Matches   Wickets   Best Bowling 
 Lasith Malinga (2008-2012)       46      70       5/13
 Shane Warne (2008-2011)      55      57       4/21
 Albie Morkel (2008-2012)      59         58       4/13
 Muttaiah Muralitharan (2008-2012)       49      50       3/11
 Dale Steyn  (2008-2012)      44      48       3/12
 Doug Bollinger (2010-2012)      26      36       4/13
 Dwayne Bravo (2008-2012)      42      35       3/24
 Kieron Pollard  (2010-2012)      35      34       4/44
 Jacques Kallis (2008-2012)       63      33        2/3 
 Shane Watson (2008-2012)      32      29       3/10
 Farveez Maharoof (2008-2010)       20      27       3/34
 Daniel Vettori (2008-2012)      30      27       3/31
 Morne Morkel (2009-2012)      20      25       3/18
 Dirk Nannes (2009-2011)      24      24       3/27

Foreign players who have shined in IPL 

                 Player   Matches   Runs   Highest Score   50s   100s 
 Adam Gilchrist (2008-2012)       65  1702          109*    9     2
 Jacques Kallis (2008-2012)      63  1649          89*   14     -
 Kumar Sangakkara (2008-2012)       53  1426          94    9     -
 Shaun Marsh (2008-2012)      33  1372         115   12     1
 Chris Gayle (2009-2012)      32  1230         107    7     2
 Matthew Hayden (2008-2010)      32  1107          93    8     -
 Mahela Jayawardene (2008-2012)       52  1179         110*    5     1
 AB deVilliers (2008-2012)      49  1100         105*    6     1
 Brendon McCullum (2008-2012)      38   970         158*    4     1
 Sanath Jayasuriya (2008-2010)      30   768         114*    4     1
 Graeme Smith (2008-2011)      29   739          91    4     -
 Ross Taylor (2008-2012)      36   722          81*    2     -
 Albie Morkel (2008-2012)      59   712          71    2     -
 Michael Hussey (2008-2011)      21   697         116*    4     1
 David Hussey (2008-2012)      36   648          71    2     -
Dwayne Bravo (2008-2012)      42   594          70*    3     -

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