KKR vs RCB IPL 2021: 5 new exciting and interesting talents will be on display during Kolhi vs Morgan battle – Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will begin their IPL 2021 Phase 2 when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The game will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and will kick off at 7:30 PM IST on Monday, September 20. Both teams will be aiming to resume their campaigns with victories, as they aim to make the playoffs this term.
Both RCB and KKR have seen sizeable changes to their squad after a host of overseas stars pulled out of Phase 2 in the UAE. While KKR’s most expensive player Pat Cummins pulled out, Virat Kohli’s side saw as many as four new recruits join their squad for Phase 2. With less than 48 hours left for the KKR vs RCB clash, here’s a look at five new exciting and interesting talents that will be on display during the match at Abu Dhabi.
1. Wanindu Hasaranga
Sri Lankan talent Wanindu Hasaranga will make his IPL debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore after Virat Kohli’s side drafted him as a replacement for Adam Zampa. Hasaranga has been one of the premium spinners in T20 cricket across the globe after the last few years and will be a valuable addition to RCB, partnering with Yuvzendra Chahal. Wanindu Hasaranga is a shrewd addition by the team especially in the absence of Washington Sundar, as the Sri Lankan leggie can chip in with the bat when needed.
2. Lockie Ferguson
The New Zealander will be expected to play a major role in Phase 2 especially in the absence of Pat Cummins. Lockie Ferguson deputised well for the Australian last season before forcing his way into the side during the latter stages of last season. Lockie Ferguson’s express pace will be key on sluggish tracks in the UAE and his international experience will be of much help with KKR boasting of a highly inexperienced Indian pace attack.
3. Tim David
Journeyman Tim David has seen his stock rise over the last year, having played in over eight leagues in the last nine months. The 25-year-old from Singapore is an able hitter down the order and can score at a brisk pace, while is also a handy part-time bowling option. RCB have struggled to find a finisher to compliment and partner Ab de Villiers, and David could very well plug that gap in IPL 2021 Phase 2.
4. Tim Seifert
New Zealander Tim Seifert is in the mix to make it to the KKR XI vs RCB after some fine performances for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL. KKR struggled to get going in Phase 1 due to their lacklustre performances with the bat, and Seifert’s industry and ability to score quick runs could benefit the two-time champions as they plan a last-ditch attempt for the playoffs.
5. Shahbaz Ahmed
The RCB all-rounder featured sporadically in Phase 1 but could become a regular following the injury to Washington Sundar. A handy left-arm spinner and a lower-order batsman, Shahbaz adds to the balance of the side, with RCB occasionally promoting him to No. 3 in Phase 1. While he didn’t do much with the bat, Ahmed will be aiming to replicate his heroics with the ball on slow turning pitches in the UAE.