There is no doubt that T20 Cricket and in particular the Indian premier league (IPL)has dominated world cricket for the last four years. Players all over the world have been fortunate enough to play for the various Indian teams and some have graduated into fine players who have made cricket lovers around the world sit up and take note.
This year has been no exception as once again crowds have been enthralled by big hits, clever bowling and spectacular catches. Even though Zimbabwe have no players in this years addition, there is still a keen interest as fans get to know the teams and follow their favourite players.
As per normal, South Africa have a strong contingent of players but three in particular have made a huge impression in season five of the IPL. Recently appointed ODI and T20 skipper AB de Villiers has been at his usual brilliant best delighting the crowds with a fantastic array of strokes while fast bowler Morne Morkel has shown that his pace and bounce is just as effective on the Indian pitches as he currently has the most wickets in the tournament. But the player who has stolen the lime light has been the exciting young Francois du Plessis. Faf as he is affectionately known is better known as a crunching middle order player has been promoted up the order to open the batting for the Chenai super kings and If the results are anything to go by, he seems to be loving every moment of his new position as he finds himself the second highest run scorer in the IPL.
These are just some of the many positives but many purests of the game are beginning to feel 2020 Cricket is taking over as many players around the world have literally become traveling sails men going from one tournament to another and turning a blind eyeMedia on their country and test Cricket which up to a few years ago was every aspiring young cricketer's dream. Chris Gayle from the West Indies is a prime example and many players have taken his cue which will surely tarnishe Cricket's purest version as players are slowly lured away thanks to the substantial amounts being offered by the various franchises and teams around the world which mean that countries such as the West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are in very real danger of loosing quality players to a seemingly bottomless pitmobile of financial gain.