When all the talks had been around the superstars like Warner, Kohli and De Villiers, guess who ended up as the talking point of the Indian Premier League finale at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore?
It was a certain Ben Cutting from Queensland Australia who stole the show.
Although the tall all-rounder was known for his hitting back home, not many in India had any idea about his credentials ahead of this season. He had appeared for the Rajasthan Royals earlier, but, with little success only.
Being in the Sunrisers’ Hyderabad squad as the second choice overseas all-rounder, Cutting got his chance only close to the playoffs when some of the other favoured overseas players lost their form.
But, because of his batting failures in the eliminator and then, in the second qualifier, whether to keep him in the XI or not was a subject of discussion coming to the final with the pundits saying Eoin Morgan was probably more worthy of being played on Sunday.
However, just to have the cushion of an extra bowler which Cutting would have given him, David Warner favoured him, but, even he wouldn’t have anticipated such batting carnage from his compatriot.