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Thunder stars set for IPL

09 April 2021

L-R: Adam Milne, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting and Sam Billings // Getty Images

Indian Premier League begins this weekend

Five members of the Thunder Nation are set to be involved in this year's Indian Premier League.

Fresh from a return to international cricket, Kiwi quick Adam Milne will be hoping to help the Mumbai Indians go back-to-back.

Milne will be joined by Thunder coach Shane Bond who is entering his sixth season as Mumbai’s bowling coach.

Englishman Sam Billings has returned to the Dehli Capitals where he started his IPL career in 2016.

After a collarbone injury setback, Billings will be hoping to build on his BBL|10 form which saw the explosive wicketkeeper-batsman score 260 runs at an average of 28.89 and a strike-rate of 142.86.

Following a career-best BBL season with the bat, Ben Cutting has joined the Kolkata Knight Riders for this year’s tournament.

The powerful all-rounder scored 280 runs at an average of 40.00 and a strike rate of 156.42 during his first season in green.

Thunder’s all-time leading wicket-taker Daniel Sams will be hoping to line up for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, once he recovers from his COVID-19 infection.

A whirlwind 12-months has seen Sams make his national debut and establish himself as one of the best all-rounders in the country.

The IPL begins this weekend, when Milne and Bond’s Mumbai Indians face Sams’ Royal Challengers Bangalore (Saturday 10 April at 12:00am AEST). Watch live on Fox Cricket and Kayo.

Having been held in a bio-secure hub in the UAE last year, this season's tournament is back on Indian soil and in its traditional April-May window.

Click here to view the full 2021 Indian Premier League fixture.