Gurkeerat Mann KKR: In a latest development, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have roped in Gurkeerat Singh Mann for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as a replacement for Rinku Yadav. Uttar Pradesh’s Rinku has suffered a knee injury and will be unavailable for the entire IPL 2021 season. Kolkata Knight Riders will kickstart their IPL 2021 campaign against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on April 11 in Chennai.
Kolkata have signed Gurkeerat Mann at his base price of INR 50 lakhs. The right-handed Punjab all-rounder was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the IPL 2021 auction having played 8 games last season. Gurkeerat has scored 511 runs in 41 IPL matches at an average of 21.29 and has also taken 5 wickets. However, it will be interesting to see how KKR uses him in the upcoming season of the IPL.
KKR squad for IPL 2021
Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Tim Seifert, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi, Vaibhav Arora and Karun Nair.
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan sustained a finger injury during the recently concluded ODI series against India due to which he also missed the last two ODI matches. During a recent interview, Morgan mentioned that both he and the KKR medical staff are hopeful that the skipper will recover in time for the first game against SRH on April 11. However, a confirmation on the same will only be available after Morgan resumes his practice ahead of the upcoming season.
“We are having a camp in Mumbai, so a change of venue, change of scenery, change of energy which is good. And the hand is progressing nicely. I will get my stitches out tomorrow then I will start my batting again following a few days, fielding before the first game, so looking forward to it. I think it will depend upon progress, how the next week goes. It will determine whether I will be fit for the first game or not. Certainly, with the time frame that I have all of the medical staff are backing me to be fit, that’s just without the reoccurrence of many issues,” said KKR captain Eoin Morgan during a recent interview with Sky Sports Cricket.
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