Heinrich Klaasen has become the talk of the town in cricketing circles.
For the second time in the limited overs series, he has attracted attention by playing a match-winning innings.
It was the in the ODI series that he drew the interest of everyone and in the second T20I again, he drew attention, with his knock
He scored 69 runs in just 30 balls to lead his side to the victory in a big chase.
His exploits can always help him gain an IPL contract, but this year, he cannot be part o the T20 league, even if a franchise decides to call him as a replacement for an injured player.
As per the rules of IPL, a franchise can only call in a player whose name is on the list of players who were to be auctioned.
Since Klaasen’s name was not on the list, he cannot be roped in by any franchise.
He will have to wait for next year’s IPL to be part of the league.
If he continues his exploits, he will be one of the biggest boys in IPL.
Franchises always look for great finishers, and Klaasen has given early signs of being the finisher which each team wants.
His exploits have also put pressure on Quinton de Kock, whom he replaced.
The former got injured during the ODI series, and Klaasen has played each game since coming in as his replacement.
De Kock had a dry run in Tests series and scored 54 runs in the two ODIs he played.
If Klaasen continues his form, it can keep De Kock out of the team in at least in T20I format.
However, de Kock has a chance to get back his place as a performance in the Test series against Australia will automatically rule out Klaasen.
His performance in the Test series will be the barometer for his selection, and if he fails to deliver in this series too, then selectors might drop him from the squad.
Talking of IPL, de Kock is a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The franchise purchased him for an amount of Rs 2.80 Crore.
Last year, he played for Delhi Daredevils.
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