The second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to start from September 19 onwards. With the IPL being suspended earlier due to COVID-19 and being rescheduled for the remaining matches to be held in the UAE, teams have had to face some changes in terms of personnel. Several players, especially foreign recruits have withdrawn from the global T20 league for various reasons.
This forced teams to seek out replacement players in order to fill in the void left by the ones that left. There are several players who have been roped in and on the contrary, this is a good chance for them to show teams what they can offer ahead of the mega IPL 2022 auction next year. Here we bring you 10 exciting replacements brought in by teams for the remainder of the IPL 2021 season.
1. Wanindu Hasaranga (RCB)
Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was roped in by the Royal Challengers Bangalore after Aussie international Adam Zampa pulled out due to personal reasons. Hasaranga has established himself as a quality spinner and is a major asset to Sri Lanka. RCB team director and coach Mike Hesson had said Chameera was roped in because of his skill set and ability to bat down the order. The leg-spinner has grabbed 36 T20I wickets at an average of 15.47.
2. Tim Southee (KKR)
Kolkata Knight Riders will be without Pat Cummins for the remainder of the IPL and they got in New Zealand’s veteran ace Tim Southee. The Kolkata based giants shelled plenty of money for Cummins, but the Aussie speedster failed to give them the desired impact with the ball, often conceding aplenty. KKR have got another experienced campaigner in Southee, who has 99 wickets for NZ in T20Is. His impact could be fruitful.
3. Adil Rashid (PBKS)
Punjab Kings roped in England’s Adil Rashid after Aussie pacers Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson withdrew. Adil is a fantastic white-ball cricketer and the slow pitches in the UAE could help him big time. Rashid had a successful stint at The Hundred and is a genuine wicket-taker. The 33-year-old has 65 T20I scalps for England and he needs to be PBKS’ main spin option now given his variations that include the dangerous googly.
4. Evin Lewis (RR)
Evin Lewis of the West Indies was brought in by Rajasthan Royals after Jos Buttler pulled out. The destructive batsman is a like to like replacement and could bolster RR’s batting upfront. Lewis smashed 426 runs in the recently concluded CPL and was the second-highest scorer. He smashed one century and three fifties. He has 1,318 runs in T20Is as well. Lewis had earlier played in the IPL for MI, scoring 430 runs in 16 matches.
5. Dushmantha Chameera (RCB)
Sri Lankan pacer Dushmantha Chameera replaced Daniel James for RCB. The 29-year-old boasts of quick pace and variations and could prove to be handy for the Virat Kohli-led side in the IPL. He comes into the tournament with plenty of white-ball cricket for Sri Lanka at the home of late. He excelled in the T20I series win over a second-string Team India in July. Chameera has scalped 38 T20I wickets.
6. Aiden Markram (PBKS)
Aiden Markram can provide the comforts for PBKS after the exit of Dawid Malan. It remains to be seen whether Markram gets the desired opportunities as PBKS have a settled top-order. However, Markram is flexible and is enjoying good form with the bat. He hit 48 and 21* in the T20Is against Lanka recently, besides piling up a 96 in the first ODI. Markram bowls spin as well and registered his best spell in T20Is this month.
7. Tabraiz Shamsi (RR)
South Africa’s in-form spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has been grabbing attention for his consistency in white-ball cricket. The left-arm wrist-spin bowler is an automatic choice in the starting XI for RR, who get a quality player. He has scalped 49 wickets in T20Is. Shamsi, who has plenty of variations, was the standout performer for SA against Lanka in the white-ball series. He also made his presence felt in The Hundred.
8. Ben Dwarshuis (DC)
Delhi Capitals saw Chris Woakes leave and they roped in Australia’s Ben Dwarshuis as his replacement. The left-arm pacer has already made a huge impression in the Big Bash League and he will be buzzing to showcase his attributes if a chance comes by. DC have a settled bowling unit and Dwarshuis is more of a cover. However, he can be a surprise pick. He has claimed 100 T20 wickets in 82 matches.
9. Oshane Thomas (RR)
Oshane Thomas of the West Indies played for RR in IPL 2019, taking five wickets in four matches with the best of 2/6. He was unused in IPL 2020. After being released, Thomas didn’t find any takers in the 2021 edition. However, RR have brought him back, to get a familiar face in the squad. Thomas is a quality player and adds substance to RR’s bowling unit.
10. Tim David (RCB)
RCB’s new face Tim David can be an interesting prospect. The Singapore player is a well-known big-hitter in T20 cricket. Of late, he has featured in eight tournaments across six different geographical locations. He has shown his attributes in the BBL and recently won The Hundred, after being picked at the last minute. He was also seen in the CPL 2021.