IPL 2021: Franchises RCB, KKR, and Punjab Kings Look for Replacements After Australians Pull Out

IPL searches for replacements as more Australian players pull out of the game. The reasons cited by most Australian players are “personal reasons”, while the underlying reason for this could be the pandemic and its variants plaguing the world. From Kolkata Knight Riders, we see Pat Cummins withdraw, and from Punjab Kings, we see Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson conceding. Both the franchises are looking for replacements at the moment, having found only one replacement each.

RCB has Found Replacements

After the Aussie players pulled out of the team, RCB team started looking for replacements and have finalised their team. KKR and Punjab Kings have found one replacement each: The new replacements for the team are two Sri Lankan cricketers, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera. They have also roped in the Singaporean cricketer Tim David. 

KKR Replacement

As for Pat Cummins, who has pulled out of the league due to personal reasons, KKR has found a replacement. Kolkata Knight Riders have recruited the New Zealand pacer Tim Southee in the IPL search for replacements as more Australian players concede the league.

This veteran Kiwi pacer has a vast experience of 305 international games with the home team, as told by KKR recently. Cummins has been a key member of the franchise, having accomplished taking nine wickets in seven games.

Punjab Kings Look for Replacement

As for Punjab Kings, who will miss Kane Richardson and Riley Meredith, have named Nathan Ellis as the replacement player. The second phase of IPL is played in UAE, and Punjab Kings are happy to rope in the young Australian pacer and sensation into the team. 

In the recent T20 world, Ellis became the first bowler to pick up a hat-trick while on an international debut. He claimed 3/34 against Bangladesh in August 2021. The youngster will be playing for the Kings for the remainder of the IPL 2021.

Reference Resource: 

  1. https://www.insidesport.co/ipl-2021-rcb-finalise-squad-kkr-punjab-kings-continue-search-for-replacements-as-more-australian-players-pullout-from-phase-2-in-uae/
  2. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/ipl/top-stories/ipl-2021-punjab-kings-name-australian-pacer-nathan-ellis-as-replacement-player/articleshow/85509428.cms
  3. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/ipl/top-stories/kkr-sign-southee-rcb-rajasthan-royals-punjab-kings-too-announce-replacements/articleshow/85655358.cms
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