Australian Master Blasters Travis Head and Jake Fraser-McGurk carry out IPL Blitzes in style!

Australian cricket can currently be proud of the two leading master blasters in IPL namely Travis Head and Jake Fraser-McGurk.

During the 35th match of the IPL 2024 between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on 20th April, Head achieved the record of the fourth joint fastest half-century in IPL. He levelled the record of his teammate Abhishek Sharma in just 16 balls. However, within a few hours, Jake Fraser surpassed Head’s record, achieving the third-fastest fifty in IPL 2024 by taking just 15 balls.

Travis Head, who broke Team India’s heart in the previous year’s World Cup final has become the main entertainer of the Indian cricket fans with his back-to-back exceptional performances.

However, Jake Fraser seems to be another rival for Travis Head to claim the crown of the Master Blaster of the IPL.

Both Head and Jake Fraser have strong chances to secure their spot for the upcoming T20 World Cup in June 2024.

It would be interesting to analyze the blitz of both Travis Head and Jake Fraser-McGurk in the IPL 2024 season so far…

Blitz of Travis Head in IPL 2024

In the ongoing 17th edition of the IPL 2024, Travis Head is the 2nd highest run scorer of the tournament after Virat Kohli, despite missing his first game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

With 324 runs in 6 matches, the 30-year-old Aussie cricketer is just 56 runs behind King Kohli (379 runs in 8 games) to become the orange cap holder. Notably, he smashed 39 fours and 18 sixes and maintained an impressive strike rate of 216.00 with an average of 54.00.

Head’s performance was middling against Gujarat Titans (GT), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Punjab Kings (PBKS):

  • 19 runs from 14 balls (including 3 fours) vs GT.
  • 31 runs from 24 balls (including 3 fours and 1 six) vs MI.
  • 21 runs from 15 balls (including 4 fours) vs PBKS.

However, his aggressive batting performances against MI, RCB and DC have been a key factor in SRH’s success.

Travis Head vs Mumbai Indians (MI) :

Making a comeback in the Indian Premier League after 7 years, Travis Head in his first match of IPL 2024 punished the bowling attack of Mumbai Indians with his destructive knock of 62 runs from 24 balls (including 9 fours and 3 sixes).

Also, Head notched the 2nd fastest fifty of IPL 2024 in just 18 balls, whereas his teammate Abhishek Sharma achieved this record in just 16 balls.

On 27th March 2024, the SRH on their home ground posted a total of 277-3 in 20 overs, which was indeed the score in IPL at that time.

Travis Head vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB)

On 15th April 2024, Travis Head achieved his maiden IPL century against the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) by scoring 102 runs from just 41 balls (including 9 fours and 8 sixes). Also, by reaching his 3-digit score in just 39 balls, Head ranks 4th on the list of fastest IPL centuries. 

Head’s crucial knock supported SRH in surpassing their own record, thereby posting the highest total in the IPL history with a score of 287-3 in 20 overs.

Travis Head vs Delhi Capitals (DC)

On 20th April 2024, Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, as the SRH openers, scored 125-0 in six overs, which became the highest powerplay score in IPL history. Head’s stunning knock of 89 runs from 32 balls (including 11 fours and 6 sixes), steered SRH to post the 3rd highest score in the IPL history with a total of 266-7 in 20 overs.

Blitz of Jake Fraser-McGurk in IPL 2024

The 22-year-old Jake Fraser-McGurk has made a spectacular start to his IPL career by scoring two blistering half-centuries in his first three matches of the ongoing season. By scoring 140 runs in 3 matches with an impressive strike rate of 222.22 and a 46.67 average, the young Aussie cricketer aims to grab the selectors’ attention for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Jake Fraser-McGurk vs Lucknow Super Giants (LSG):

In his debut IPL match on 12th April 2024, Jake Fraser-McGurk played a crucial role while chasing a target of 168 runs against the strong bowling attack of the Lucknow Super Giants. His maiden half-century of 55 runs from 35 balls (including 2 fours and 5 sixes), helped DC recover from a collapsing start after losing their openers David Warner and Prithvi Shaw.

Additionally, a captain’s knock from Rishabh Pant supported Jake Fraser’s half-century and guided DC to a 6-wicket win with 11 balls to spare.

Jake Fraser-McGurk vs Gujarat Titans (GT):

Chasing a low target of 90 runs against Gujarat Titans, Jake Fraser’s quick-fire knock of 20 runs from just 10 balls (including 2 fours and 2 sixes)  provided a great start to the Delhi Capitals. As a result, DC scored 92-4 in just 8.5 overs.

Jake Fraser-McGurk vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH):

Although it seemed impossible for the Delhi Capitals to chase the IPL’s 3rd highest target of 167 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH),  Jake Fraser scored the fastest fifty of the IPL 2024 season. His exceptional knock of 65 runs from 18 balls (including 5 fours and 7 sixes) kept fans thrilled during the chase in the powerplay overs. Despite DC losing the match by 67 runs, a majority of fans and experts showered praises by predicting that Jake could become the future of the Australian cricket team