Cricket is as uncertain off the field as it is on the field. And, with the biggest cricket league around the corner, a lot of things have rolled off in the recent days. The most shocking one was the one-year ban on David Warner and Steve Smith on the ball tempering scandal.
However, as the adage goes- one man’s loss is another’s gain, here we will have a look at some of the players who initially went unsold but got luckier with the passage of time and are ready for a grand entry-
Alex Hales replaces David Warner- SRH
SRH experienced a serious blow after BCCI stopped Steve Smith and David Warner to appear in the eleventh edition of IPL. Sunrisers Hyderabad then picked Alex Hales as a replacement for David Warner. Hales has been bought for 1 crore (base price) under the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP) list.
England’s batsman, Alex Hales is yet to make his IPL debut and was a part of Mumbai Indians (MI) for the 2015 edition.
Tom Curran replaces Mitchell Starc – KKR
Mitchell Starc’s injury just ahead of the IPL 2018 was a big blow for KKR. Starc got ruled out of the final test between SA and Australia due to his injury. And now, the franchise has roped in Tom Curran as a replacement for Mitchell Starc.
England fast bowler Tom Curran made his international debut against South Africa in a T20I in June 2017. The 23-year-old pacer has played over 50 T20s including 7 T20Is for the national team.
Curran has taken 53 wickets in 51 matches at a strike rate of under 20.
Mitchell McClenaghan replaces Jason Behrendorff-MI
Mumbai Indians have announced Mitchell McClenaghan as their replacement for the injured Jason Behrendorff. Behrendorff has been ruled out of the eleventh edition of IPL due to a back problem.
After initially going unsold at the auctions, McClenaghan has been bought at his base price of Rs 1 crore. McClenaghan has played the last three editions of IPL for MI and has 19 wickets from 14 IPL games.
Corey Anderson replaces Nathan Coulter-Nile – RCB
After the Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile suffered an “aggravation” of a previous stress fracture and got ruled out of the IPL 2018, RCB roped in all-rounder Corey Anderson at his base price of 2 crores as a replacement.
Anderson, who has scored 521 runs and scalped 8 wickets in 27 IPL matches has previously played for Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils.
Heinrich Klassen replaces Steve Smith- RR
BCCI barred Steve Smith from the upcoming edition of IPL after Cricket Australia imposed a 12-months ban on him for his involvement in the ball tampering controversy.
As per a media report, the South African wicket-keeper has been bought for Rs 50 lakh from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP) list as a replacement for Steve Smith.
Klaasen made his international debut recently against India in the 50-over format. He was also chosen the Man of the Match award in his second ODI.
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