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IPL's stars of the WT20

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So, the World T20 is over. But do not fear, there are more T20 fireworks in store with the start of the 2016 Indian Premier League on Saturday. 

Not only that, but many of the six-hitting and wicket-taking superstars of the World T20 are sticking around in India for the IPL, including the winners…


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Get ready for more dancing for one, but also more carefree calypso cricket, with no less than six of West Indies' World T20 winning squad playing in the IPL.

England - and more specifically, Ben Stokes - destroyer in the final, Carlos Brathwaite, will be trying to add to those four-straight sixes off Stokes' final over when he trots out for the Delhi Daredevils.

Then, of course, there is the superstar attraction that is Chris Gayle, competing again for Royal Challengers Bangalore in front of his adoring home fans - the same ones who booed the West Indies when an injured Gayle didn't come out to bat in their win over Sri Lanka at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Gayle is joined in Bangalore by leg-spinner Samuel Badree following his impressive tournament - taking nine wickets at 13.77 and an impeccable economy of 5.39 - while death-bowling specialist and chief 'Champion', Dwayne Bravo, is with the newly-formed Gujarat Lions due to the two-year suspension of his former team, Chennai Super Kings, and the Rajasthan Royals.

Stars from the semi-final win over India, Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell, complete the Caribbean line-up, remaining with their respective 2015 teams, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.


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Jos Buttler is the main draw, competing in the IPL for the very first time, for Mumbai, and coming into the tournament with some sensational form under his belt too. He cracked 191 runs at the World T20 - including 12 sixes - averaging 47.75, with a strike rate of 159.16. He also hit a 73-ball ODI hundred against South Africa and an England record-fastest 46 ball ton against Pakistan this winter.

His international skipper Eoin Morgan returns for another IPL stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad, although his feast-or-famine form is currently firmly stuck in famine territory after only managing 66 runs in six World T20 innings for England. But as we've seen before, he can quickly rediscover his touch as quickly as he can lose it.

The only other English interest surprisingly comes in the form of Sam Billings, with the Kent wicket-keeper batsman earning his first taste of the IPL after being picked up by Delhi.


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There is plenty of Indian representation as always in the IPL, but few truly starred at the World T20. Virat Kohli certainly was one of them though, the Royal Challengers batsman was arguably the player of the tournament, with his 273 runs - at an astonishing average of 136.50 - leading the way (if you discount the early rounds with the associate nations).

Indian skipper MS Dhoni didn't quite dazzle like he can do on the world stage, but still makes for an intriguing watch with new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants, who also boast the services of Kevin Pietersen, while the seemingly ageless Ashish Nehra - who previously played with Dhoni in Chennai - joins Sunrisers off the back of an impressive World T20. He took only five wickets in the tournament, but bowling often in the powerplay overs, went for only 5.94 runs an over.


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Shane Watson is now done with international cricket, bowing out after a terrific all-round World T20 tournament where he averaged 48.00 with the bat, and took five wickets at 20.60 with the ball. But he carries on in the IPL, playing with the Royal Challengers for the first time.

Re-joining the Daredevils is Quinton de Kock who continued his fine form at the World T20 while others in the South Africa side struggled. He smacked 52 off 24 balls against England, in an incredible game that they'd ultimately lose despite scoring 229.

Following on from his nine wickets in three World T20 outings for Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman - who joins up with Sussex in the T20 Blast later this summer - first has a spell with Sunrisers, while international team-mate Shakib Al Hasan is back with the Knight Riders.

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