Mzansi Super League 2018: ONE KEY PLAYER FROM EACH OF THE SIX FRANCHISE
Updated on: Nov 15, 2018 2:23 pm IST
Mzansi Super League 2018 | Key Players from each FranchiseThe Big Picture After the last minute fall out last year that resulted in winding up the newly formed T20 franchise tournament (Global T20 League), Cricket South Africa has finally come up with a Plan B- The Mzansi Super League. The six-franchise T20 competition will run across the length and breadth of South Africa from November 16th to December 16 and is set to feature a plethora of International stars as well as unearth domestic talents. 32 matches will be played between six teams namely- Cape Town Blitz, Durban Heat, Jozi Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Paarl Rocks and Tshwane Spartans. The tournament will be played with a double round-robin system which means each team will play the other twice bit it is the qualificiation scenario that makes this tournament to others. According to the rules laid out by the league, the team that finishes at the top of the pile after the league stage will get a direct entry into the finals while the eliminator will be played out between the second and third-placed team. Today, here’s a look at one key player from each of the six franchises
#1 Jozi Stars- Chris GayleNo T20 tournament can ever be completed without the inclusion of Chris Gayle in it. The swashbuckling Jamaican is the leading run-getter in the history of T20 cricket, and on his day is like a tornado that can sweep anyone in sight when in full flow. Gayle, who played a match-winning knock of 53 to take his side, Balkh Legends, to the 2018 Afghanistan Premier League title, will turn out for Jozi Stars in Mzansi Super League, a side that boasts of players like Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen and international recruit, Dane Christian. In 353 T20 games, Gayle has racked up 12,052 runs which include 21 hundred at a strike-rate of 148.29.
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#2 Duran Heat- Rashid KhanRashid Khan was the first name to come up when the drafts took place last month and such has been his demand in the T20 circuit that the Durban Heat did not hesitate to snap him in the first go. Rashid brings a lot to the table in white-ball cricket, especially in the shortest format of the game. His wrong’un is one of the most difficult balls to pick bamboozling even the best of cricketers. Apart from his imperious bowling skills, Rashid’s steely temperament makes him his captain’s go-to bowler. His ability to bowl in the powerplays as well as in the death overs without the fear of being taken to the cleaners coupled with his ability to play handy cameos with the bat, Rashid is certainly a great T20 asset. And, his numbers in 2018 back it with disdain. With 82 wickets in 53 matches, Rashid is the leading wicket-taker in T20 cricket this year- 14 ahead of the second-placed Andrew Tye.
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