Ben Hilfenhaus’ T20 career seems to be sinking down rapidly. He has been out of the Australian T20 side for a good while and now, his place in his club teams has also started to come under scrutiny.
Chennai Super Kings, the IPL franchise of Hilfenhaus, released him in November and then, last week, he was left out by his BBL franchise Hobart Hurricanes too after bowling a very expensive spell in the game against Adelaide Strikers.
Hilfenhaus has bowled well in the couple of Shield matches that he has played in this new season though, but, as far as the shortest form of the game is concerned, he has just not been able to deliver for his respective teams for the last two years.
He is going to go into the IPL players’ auction again in February-March and it’s likely that he would not get bought by any of the franchises.
As a death bowler, Hilfenhaus brings nothing to the table in the T20s. He gets hit quite severely bowling in the latter parts.
He can be handful with his swing, but, in India, especially in that time of the year when IPL takes place, the ball just does not swing. The new ball, in fact, comes better on to the bat.
So, Hilfenhaus offers very little to the IPL sides. Yes, he can do well for the Hurricanes if he gets recalled at some point of time in the ongoing Big Bash.
In Australia, with a bit of bounce on the pitches, Hilfenhaus can make some inroads in his first spell.
But, one thing is certain that Hilfenhaus is more suited to the red-ball game. He is a length bowler who likes to hit certain areas consistently. He does not have variations and that’s why, he gets smashed often in T20s.