IPL 2021 – KKR and Punjab Kings looking for replacements- Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals has named replacement for the players who will not be available for IPL Phase 2 in UAE. But Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings are still in search for the right choice.
Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders), Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings) have withdrawn from the teams & both teams are looking for right replacements.
RCB Replacements: RCB finalised the squad bringing in three replacements in Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Tim David, KKR and Punjab Kings have their search on to find replacements.
Rajasthan Replacements: Jos Butler out, Glenn Phillips named replacement
Punjab Kings: Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings) – both are out. Nathan Allis named replacement
IPL 2021: KKR, RCB and Punjab Kings looking for replacements as 4 Australian players pull out of Phase 2 in UAE
Pat Cummins- KKR (Rs 15.5 crore)
All-rounder Pat Cummins is a vital part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise. His absence could hurt them since he leads the bowling department and is part of the core group along with Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik. He and his wife are expecting a child in September end.
“Unfortunately, at this stage, I probably won’t be going to the IPL. I haven’t made an official call on it. But my partner is pregnant and our baby is due in the middle of the IPL. At the moment, there is travel restriction getting back to Australia, you got to do 2 weeks quarantine,” Pat Cummins said.
Jhye Richardson (Rs 14 crore) & Riley Meredith (Rs 8 crore) – Punjab Kings
Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith are among two expensive players for Punjab Kings. They were roped in for Rs 14 crore and Rs 8 crore respectively. The absence of Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith could affect the death bowling of Punjab Kings. They need good backup bowlers to ensure they qualify for the playoffs.
“We tried convincing the players but they were not ready to come, we respect the decision. We are in talks with few players. Our head coach Anil Kumble will finalize one soon in the next 2-3 days. Nathan Allis already has been signed for the UAE leg,” Satish Menon, Punjab Kings CEO, told Insidesport.
IPL 2021: Check options available for both KKR & Punjab Kings?
Potential replacement options:
Marchant de Lange
Trent Rockets pacer Marchant de Lange is in good form in The Hundred. He took 12 wickets in just 7 matches. He has experience of playing in 119 T20 where he has amassed 137 wickets.
The veteran England bowler can take part in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. He is also in great form in The Hundred and has scalped 12 wickets in 7 matches. The 33-year-old has played 200 T20 matches with 231 wickets at an economy rate of 7.42
Neil Wagner of New Zealand can play in the IPL 2021 Phase 2. The Kiwi Test specialist has played 76 matches and taken 79 wickets. In the Test arena, he has taken 229 wickets in just 54 matches.
England’s new pace sensation Saqib Mahmood is in tremendous form. He was adjudged player of the series during the recently concluded series against Pakistan. The 24-year-old bowls at a good pace and can pose threat to quality batsmen. He has taken 59 wickets in 48 T20s.
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