Injury-struck IPL: 5 possible players who can sail the franchises

Updated on: Mar 14, 2018 5:06 pm IST

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The teams applied all the possible permutations and combinations to bring balance to their respective teams in the Indian Premier League. With Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals back in the fray after two years, the tournament is all set to rock the Indian grounds from 7th April.

However, with many players like Chris Lynn, Jofra Archer, Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Santner injured, a major hurdle of finding right replacements lie before the franchises.

Let’s have a look at players who could possibly replace the injured players in the tournament:

Eoin Morgan

England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan went unsold at the IPL auction in January.

Considering his form, the player might make it to the list of possible replacements.

In 52 IPL matches, Morgan has scored 854 runs with a strike rate of 121.13.

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Joe Root

Joe Root entered IPL auctions with hopes of being selected but his hopes got dashed when the player went unsold in the bid.

The England player might get a call from the franchise owing to his fairly impressive performance in the shorter format of the game where he stands at the 7th position in T20 rankings.

Joe Root has scored 743 runs in 25 matches at a strike rate of 128.77.

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 Josh Hazlewood

Australia fast-bowler Josh Hazlewood could possibly be called up for playing this season.

Although Hazlewood hasn’t much experience in the shorter format of the game, he is a premier Australian bowler who could bowl some impressive spells.

In 7 T20Is Josh Hazlewood has taken 8 wickets with an economy rate of 9.61.

Also Read: 10 Batsmen who rule the IPL

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James Faulkner

Australian all-rounder James Faulkner also went unsold at the auction, but his previous experience in the Indian Premier League has been impressive and he might be roped in by the franchises to fill the shoes of injured players.

In 60 IPL matches, Faulkner has 59 scalps to his name at an economy of 8.69 and he has scored 527 runs at a strike rate of 135.82.

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Moises Henriques

Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques is another player who might feature this IPL to replace the injured players.

He performed well in the 2015 edition while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad where he picked 11 wickets in 9 matches at an economy rate of 6.32.

He has performed well in the following seasons as well. But, his high base price kept franchises away from buying him in the auction.

In 57 matches Henriques has scored 969 runs at a strike rate of 128.17 and has taken 38 wickets at an economic rate of 8.39.

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