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Strikers to watch in IPL 10

05 April 2017

Five Adelaide Strikers players are set to light up the stage in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League.

Travis Head – Royal Challengers Bangalore

One might needn’t mention the power of Travis Head since the left-hander’s freakish innings against the Sydney Sixers on New Year’s Eve in 2015. Earning his Australian one-day and T20 caps following, Head’s BBL|06 was interrupted by movements in and out of the international set-up and he struggled to replicate his form throughout the tournament. Head is poised to reignite the IPL stage as his Australian commitments are placed on hold until the end of the competition.

Billy Stanlake – Royal Challengers Bangalore

Standing at 204 cm, Billy Stanlake enjoyed a breakout summer with the Strikers which resulted in Australian selection for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan. Stanlake welcomed 2017 in emphatic fashion against the Sydney Sixers in the popular New Year’s Eve fixture, taking 3-17 off just 3.2 lightning-fast overs to earn selection in the green and gold.

Ben Laughlin – Sunrisers Hyderabad

The death-bowling specialist again proved his merit for the Strikers in BBL|06, with season-best figures of 3-19 against the Melbourne Stars at the MCG. Laughlin also took one of the catches of the season with an outstretched superman dive on a skied Aaron Finch rocket to dismiss the Renegades captain.  

WATCH: Laughlin takes the catch of the tournament

Kieron Pollard – Mumbai Indians

The big West Indian will be keen to rediscover the form that made him a fan favourite in BBL|04 before a knee injury ruled him out of the fifth edition of the Australian tournament. Making his return last year, the powerful right-hander struggled with form until an explosive 47 off 22 and 1-36 helped the Strikers to an emphatic 77-run victory against the Sydney Thunder in the last match of the season.

Chris Jordan – Sunrisers Hyderabad

Brought in as a replacement for England spinner Adil Rashid who was with the national team, his teammate Chris Jordan played an equally exciting role as replacement for the leggie. While not a spinner, the experienced seamer and death-bowling specialist was explosive in the field, most notably for a stunning reflex caught and bowled which Sam Billings shot back at him at incredible speed. His stint with the Strikers was unfortunately cut short due to injury but the England international will join the Sunrisers as one of the best all-rounders in the competition. 

WATCH: Jordan's stunning caught and bowled

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