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MSL 2019: One player to watch out from each side

By Akshay singh

The second edition of Mzansi Super League (MSL 2019) is here which means six of the best franchise sides in South Africa will be competing against each other in a span of 32 matches for one ultimate glory.
The first match will be contested at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg between the defending champions Jozi Stars and the runners-up of the last season Capetown Blitz.
This match could easily be termed as the rerun of last year’s final which was a low scoring affair won by the Jozi Stars.
in this article, we will be talking about one player from each team who could make an impact this season.

Also read: Mzansi Super League 2019: Squads and players to watch out

Chris Gayle (Jozi Stars)

A name like Chris Gayle is definitely an unmissable pick for any team or for any fantasy team. The ‘Universe Boss’ played for Jozi Stars in the last season, however, his stint was cut short due to injury and he was only able to play four matches.
This time around, he looks fit and ready to go. His recent form is not on the positive side but the threat he poses for any bowling line-up is in fact intimidating. He has 13,051 runs from 386 T20 innings which is enough to state his dominance.

Rassie van der Dussen (Capetown Blitz)

He blasted his way into the cricketing world taking Mzansi Supr League as a stepping stone and since then, the middle-order batsman hasn’t looked back. He represented the Jozi Stars in the last season and finished as the highest run-getter of the tournament with 469 runs from 11 innings at an average of 58.62 and striking at the rate if 138.75.
With in-form Quinton de Kock also at the helm, Rassie van der Dussen won’t be in any kind of pressure and will play his natural game.

Alex Hales (Durban Heat)

It is time for Alex Hales to showcase his talent in the Mzansi Super League. The Nottinghamshire opener is considered as the T20 specialist and has represented different franchises around the globe.
From 227 innings in T20s, he has accumulated 6174 runs at an average of 28.98 and a healthy strike-rate of 142.06 which includes 39 fifties and 3 hundred.

AB de Villiers (Tshwane Spartans)

One doesn’t need to look elsewhere when a team has a name like Ab de Villiers in their armory. Whether he is playing international cricket or not, he still remains an asset for his team and a nightmare for the opposition.
With tons of experience on his back in the shortest format of the game, his performance throughout the season will be inversely proportional to the success of Tshwane Spartans.
In the last season, he amassed 282 runs from 10 innings at an average of 31.33 and a healthy strike-rate of 162.06.

Chris Morris (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)

T20 is always considered a game for the all-rounders and Chris Morris is definitely a player who is capable of delivering with both bat and ball. He has ample experience under his belt when it comes to T20s.
He ended up with 9 scalps and 75 runs to his name last season which was definitely not up to the mark. He will be looking to do well this time around.

Faf du Plessis (Paarl Rocks)

The Proteas skipper will be leading the Paarl Rocks and is undoubtedly their most reliable player. He ended up with 318 runs to his name from 8 innings in the last season emerging as the top scorer for the Rocks.
In his last three T20I innings, he has got scores of 27, 78 and 21 which state that his current T20I form is definitely on the track.
From 44 T20I innings, he has scored 1363 runs at an average of 35.86 and a strike rate of 135.48.

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Akshay singh

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