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IPL 2021: RCB finalise squad, KKR & Punjab Kings continue search for replacements as more Australian players pullout from Phase 2 in UAE

IPL 2021 – KKR and Punjab Kings looking for replacements- Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals has named replacement for the players who will not be available for IPL Phase 2 in UAE. But Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings are still in search for the right choice.

Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders), Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings) have withdrawn from the teams & both teams are looking for right replacements.

RCB Replacements: RCB finalised the squad bringing in three replacements in Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Tim David, KKR and Punjab Kings have their search on to find replacements.

Rajasthan Replacements: Jos Butler out, Glenn Phillips named the replacement

Punjab Kings: Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings) – both are out. Nathan Allis named a replacement

Pat Cummins- KKR (Rs 15.5 crore)

All-rounder Pat Cummins is a vital part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise. His absence could hurt them since he leads the bowling department and is part of the core group along with Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik. He and his wife are expecting a child in September end.

Jhye Richardson (Rs 14 crore) & Riley Meredith (Rs 8 crore) – Punjab Kings

Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith are among two expensive players for Punjab Kings. They were roped in for Rs 14 crore and Rs 8 crore respectively. The absence of Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith could affect the death bowling of Punjab Kings. They need good backup bowlers to ensure they qualify for the playoffs.

Potential replacement options:

Marchant de Lange

Trent Rockets pacer Marchant de Lange is in good form in The Hundred. He took 12 wickets in just 7 matches. He has experience of playing in 119 T20 where he has amassed 137 wickets.

Adil Rashid

The veteran England bowler can take part in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. He is also in great form in The Hundred and has scalped 12 wickets in 7 matches. The 33-year-old has played 200 T20 matches with 231 wickets at an economy rate of 7.42

Neil Wagner

Neil Wagner of New Zealand can play in the IPL 2021 Phase 2. The Kiwi Test specialist has played 76 matches and taken 79 wickets. In the Test arena, he has taken 229 wickets in just 54 matches.

Saqib Mahmood

England’s new pace sensation Saqib Mahmood is in tremendous form. He was adjudged player of the series during the recently concluded series against Pakistan. The 24-year-old bowls at a good pace and can pose threat to quality batsmen. He has taken 59 wickets in 48 T20s.

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