Ever since the news of shifting IPL T20 to South Africa stormed the media, franchises have been scouting, for South African players, who can make a difference to both their performance and also local support.
With two weeks of ipl live score, one could clearly witness, that South African players have been the impact players, who have turned their matches to the favour of their respective teams and franchise predictions have certainly hit the bull’s eye.
Punjab Kings XI, who roped in Yusuf Abdullah, just after they received disgusting news of one of their players, Jerome Taylor was injured in a car accident, mainly because he is a South African bowler, who have relished in local conditions before. Yusuf Abdullah has turned into a hot property for them , where he galvanised his teams, to thumping wins against Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians.
Ab De Villers, another South African showed enough reasons, why he was termed as one of the most prolific batsmen around, by clouting Chennai Super Kings, with an astounding century and literally winning it for his team.
But Harshelle Gibbs has been cynosure in this ipl scorecard, not just by his astonishing knocks, for Deccan Chargers, but owing to his local popularity, where one could witness crowds turning into vociferous monsters, even if a ball goes to him. It has helped Deccan Chargers immensely, as now they have the much needed local support.
Mark Boucher and R Merwe who just started, to appear for last two matches of Bangalore Challengers has already built a telling impact, where mark Boucher has even earned a man of the match for his agility to finish the innings.
Graeme Smith even though hasn’t performed, as well as he would have liked, he has become a cornerstone in Rajasthan Royals setup, duly assisting Shane Warne, in setting of fields and also drawing out strategies. He also helped them, to clinch a much needed victory against Delhi daredevils, where he opened the innings and remained unbeaten, to see his team romp over the finish line successfully.
J .P Duminy, who was bought for astonishing amount of over four crores has already proved his worth, by scoring string of telling knocks, to offer much needed solidarity, to Mumbai Indians middle order and his match winning half century against Kolkata Knight Riders is a perfect example for it.
Even though few players dint have a memorable season in IPL so far, but one cannot deny fact that South Africans are the one, who have called shots with their performance in this IPL.