The Indian Premier League is considered the topmost domestic cricket tourney in the world for the sole reason that it is the only T20 cricketing event where the active Indian players and the foreign cricketers share the dressing rooms. Lately, BCCI has allowed the retired Indian players to compete in overseas leagues, but there is a strict rule for the Indian cricketers who are actively playing for the country.
The competition among the foreign players is very high in an IPL squad. All franchises try to sign world-class players, but only four foreigners are allowed in an IPL playing XI. One should note that there are seven players from India and four from the rest of the world. This statement itself shows the level of competition. Talking about foreign players, the teams expect them to deliver in every way that they can.
Here’s a look at those five foreign cricketers who took four wickets, slammed a maximum, and also took a catch while fielding in an IPL match.
Pat Cummins – Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2020
The Kolkata Knight Riders signed Pat Cummins for a whopping 15.50 crores in the IPL Auction 2020. The Aussie paceman could not impress much in the first half of the ongoing season.
However, in the match against the Rajasthan Royals, Cummins brought his ‘A’ game to the table. He first scored 15 runs with the bat, including one six. Then, he dismissed Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, and Riyan Parag to reduce RR to 37/5. Cummins also took the catch to dismiss Jos Buttler as he won his first IPL Man of the Match award.
Kevon Cooper – Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012
Kevon Cooper achieved this rare feat while making his IPL debut against the Kings XI Punjab in the 2012 season. Cooper pulled off a 3-ball 11 cameo with the bat, hitting a four and a six.
In the second innings, he destroyed the KXIP batting lineup by picking up the wickets of Paul Valthaty, Shaun Marsh, Abhishek Nayar, and Piyush Chawla. He took two catches in the field. Still, Ajinkya Rahane won the Man of the Match award for his 98-runs knock.
Kieron Pollard – Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012
Another West Indian all-rounder to feature on this elite list is the vice-captain of Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard. The all-rounder accomplished this feat in the 2012 season versus the Rajasthan Royals.
Batting at the Wankhede Stadium, Pollard blasted a 33-ball 64, including six fours and four sixes. He scalped the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Menaria, Ankeet Chavan, and Amit Singh, while he took a catch to send Johan Botha back to the pavilion. Pollard deservingly won the Player of the Match award.
JP Duminy – Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2015
South African all-rounder JP Duminy set the perfect example of leading from the front in an IPL 2015 match between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Duminy scored a fifty for DD and guided them to 167/4 in 20 overs. He struck five fours and two sixes with the bat.
In the second innings, he dismissed David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravi Bopara, and Eoin Morgan in just three overs to rattle the Orange Army. He took the catch of Naman Ojha as DD won the game by four runs.
David Wiese – Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2015
David Wiese made his IPL debut for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Mumbai Indians. He dismissed four key MI batsmen namely Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, and Ambati Rayudu. He took the catch of Rohit off his own bowling.
Later in the match, Wiese hit a 25-ball 47 for RCB, including six fours and a couple of sixes. Still, RCB managed to lose the match by 18 runs. For the record, Yuvraj Singh is the only Indian player who has achieved this feat and he did it against Delhi in 2011.