The big-spending franchises in the IPL (Indian Premier League) have invested in some South African talent for this year’s competition.
The conclusion of the fourth Test between South Africa and Australia not only signalled the end of Morne Morkel’s international career, it also meant the end of the international season for both sides as attentions will soon be diverted to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
As loyalty to a franchise has been known to depend largely on its personnel in this particular competition, avid South African cricket fans will keep a keen eye on their compatriots plying their trade in one of world sport’s most popular annual tournaments.
With Heinrich Klaasen called up to replace the disgraced former Australian skipper, Steve Smith at the Rajasthan Royals, the number of South Africans to look out for now sits at nine.
These are five South African in line for a massive payday in this year’s edition of the IPL.
The former Proteas captain will once again rake in the cash at this year’s edition of the IPL as part of the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore outfit, which features the likes of Indian skipper, Virat Kohli and destructive former New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman, Brendon McCullum.
The 34-year old is in line for a massive payday as he has been retained for a fee of R20.3 million. Not bad for just a few weeks’ worth of work.
The allrounder may be struggling for a regular spot in the national side but, in the IPL, he is held in such high regard – certainly by the Delhi Daredevils who opted to hang on to him and not set him free to the market, leading up to the last auction. Retaining the 30-year old will set the Ricky Ponting-coached side back R12.5 million.
Another South African retained by the Daredevils is number one Test bowler, Kagiso Rabada. The 22-year old is set to pocket R7.7 million in his second year in the IPL… that’s if he manages to avoid a fine or two.
The big-hitting left-hander is one of the most recognisable players at the Mohali-based Kings XI Punjab, and that is because he has been there longer than most.
The 28-year old returns for his sixth year at the franchise as he has, once again, been retained. This time for a fee of R5.5 million.
The Proteas wicketkeeper was released into the market by the Dehli Daredevils, where he was snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for R5.18 million.
He joins de Villiers at the franchise and could form a formidable opening pair with McCullum, depending on how they line up.