With the 2019 World Cup approaching fast, cricket boards are calling up their players to prepare for the premier tournament. It means some players who are serving duty in IPL 2019 will have to leave the tournament mid-way.
While some foreign players have already left for the national duty, some are on their way and playing the last few matches before they leave India.
However, some cricketing nations such as West Indies, New Zealand, and Afghanistan are allowing their players to play the full IPL tournament before heading back home.
Some teams are heavily affected by the departure of their star foreign players although they already knew this was meant to happen sooner or later. So, how well-prepared are these teams when their star foreign players will make their exit.
Cricwizz takes a look at the foreign players who are making an exit mid-way from IPL 2019 and their impact on teams.
Delhi Capitals – K Rabada
Rabada has made a difference to Delhi Capitals’ fortune with his accurate bowling and wicket-taking abilities. He is the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2019 currently, with 23 wickets. His best came in the Super Over against KKR when he bowled yorkers to defend 11 runs for his team.
He is set to leave for South Africa and Delhi Capitals would find it hard to replace him. DC are just a win away from play-offs, but without Rabada, they may find it difficult to contain the opposition in the knockout phase.
They have Ishant Sharma to bank on, but the veteran is not in the same league as Rabada in T20s. They have Trent Boult in the squad. But can he match up to Rabada?
RCB – Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn is injured and has already made his way back to South Africa. His inclusion gave teeth to RCB bowling and they bounced back with three straight wins.
Moeen Ali has been instrumental in shoring up RCB’s middle-order with useful cameos with the bat. His bowling too has been handy. Stoinis has added depth to the batting attack with big hits in the death overs. He has also taken wickets with his medium-pace bowling.
All three will be missed by RCB dearly as they have been match-winners for the team so far. RCB do not have adequate replacements. Their exits may see Shimron Hetmyer getting another chance in the XI to prove himself in IPL 2019.
Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee may replace them, but they aren’t in the same league as the departing foreign players. It will be interesting to see how RCB catch up now in the absence of their star foreign players.
Rajasthan Royals – Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer
Jos Buttler has already left, while the rest are set to leave soon. Steve Smith has turned around RR’s fortune by his aggressive captaincy and leading-from-the-front batting. Stokes will not be missed much as the England all-rounder has struggled with both bat and ball in the current IPL season.
In the absence of Smith, the onus will fall back on Rahane to lead the team. Rahane has found his touch again with a century against DC.
Jofra Archer has proved his worth for the team with his all-round skills. Stuart Binny too can play the role of all-rounder in place of Archer.
Royals have unearthed a new batting talent in Riyan Parag who played a match-winning knock against KKR. Hence, Royals can bank on their domestic talent to do the job for them.
Kings XI Punjab – David Miller
Miller has blown hot and cold this season and that has hurt the team’s chances. Miller is also set to leave, but Punjab have found an attacking batsman in Nicholas Pooran who gave a mighty scare to RCB in the last game. Hence, other domestic Indian batsmen need to step up for Punjab. Another option is to bring in Moises Henriques for Miller. Henriques can add depth to the squad with his all-round skills.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – David Warner and Jonny Bairstow
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s top 2 players will be leaving for their nation to prepare for World Cup. And it will be a massive blow for SRH. Bairstow has already left for England, while Warner will soon leave for Australia. The two have posted match-winning opening stands for SRH consistently in the tournament. SRH will miss Warner the most. The Australian batsman has struck 7 fifties and one ton in 10 innings @ 71.75.
Their domestic batsmen have not delivered up to expectations and that create undue pressure on them. With Kane Williamson not able to play for SRH regularly due to various reasons, the team’s task is cut out in the race for play-offs.
Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Vijay Shankar will have to step up in the absence of Warner-Bairstow. Martin Guptill, Mohammad Nabi may come in place of Warner-Bairstow pair.
Mumbai Indians – Quinton de Kock, Jason Behrendorff
MI will miss de Kock’s efficient keeping and his big hitting at the top of the order. Rohit Sharma and de Kock have formed a great opening pair and it would be tough to break them. Evin Lewis may be the new opening partner for Rohit, but they will have to start from scratch.
Jason Behrendorff has got just 5 games for MI this season, bagging 5 wickets. MI won’t be missing the Australian pacer as they have a quality pace-bowling pair in Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga.
Chennai Super Kings- Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis
Imran Tahir has been the second highest wicket-taker in IPL 2019 so far, taking 17 wickets. He has been excellent in every match, giving the team early breakthroughs or containing the flow of runs. CSK will miss him, but not much as they have quality spinners in Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner. Faf du Plessis forms an excellent opening pair with Shane Watson, but he has been inconsistent so far. But his experience is second to none. Other Indian batsmen such as Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav will have to step up.
KKR – Joe Denly
Joe Denly has already left the KKR squad. He played just one match for KKR and scored a duck. Considering the form KKR are in, it would not have made much of a difference if Denly was still playing for KKR.
(Note: The stats are upto CSK vs MI match on April 26)