James Faulkner is one of the best all-rounders in the game of cricket over the years. He seems to have put in more work into reviving his career while in Abu Dhabi. James also has managed to scalp eight wickets in only three games while playing for Lahore Qalandars in PSL 2021 second half. Being a left-handed fast bowler, he managed to pick up three wickets in each match while playing against Islamabad United. Below are three teams that can sign him as a replacement.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings may decide to sign James Faulkner in the absence of Sam Curran. It is without a doubt that the Kings prefer international matches to IPL 2021. Sam Curran may not be available for them as the England team will be playing several games against Pakistan and Bangladesh. All the matches are set to happen during the same time as IPL 2021.
Curran, just like James, is a potential all-rounder and has amazing wicket abilities. These features have made him a regular favorite of the Chennai Super Kings in every match. His absence will have a significant effect on the team. However, signing James Faulkner as a replacement may save the day for the Super Kings. This is because the duo seems to have similar abilities and performance.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Pat Cummins, a renowned player of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has confirmed that he will not be joining the team from the IPL 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. The all-rounder is one of the best top performers of the Kolkata Knight Riders in their first seven matches of IPL 2021. However, the Kolkata Knight Riders have no choice but to accept his decision to miss the match.
James Faulkner will be the perfect replacement for Pat Cummins. This is because he has been Lahore Qalandars’ wicket-bowler while in Abu Dhabi. He will be able to provide KKR with pace attacks that right-arm fast bowlers currently overtake.
Punjab Kings have had a hard time in the IPL 2021 due to the lack of hard-hitting batters. On the other hand, signing a batter has been very costly since the IPL started. Although they managed t add Moises Henriques, having James Faulkner will give them more advantage against their opponents. James will turn things around for the Punjab Kings with his strike rate at 135.48 in 60 IPL games. The teams who sign James Faulkner as a replacement are sure to have possibilities of winning the IPL 2021.
James Faulkner brought himself back with an excellent start to his second phase of the PSL 2021. With a reputation of having collected 59 wickets out of 60 games and a score of 527, he stands as the perfect replacement for any team in the IPL 2021.
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