A look at the replacement players in IPL 2021

Tim David (Image source: Twitter)
Tim David (Image source: Twitter)

We are closing in onto the 14th edition of the IPL, which for the first time since its inception is being played in two phases. With the second half of the marquee T20 league of the world starting in less than a week, let us dive in looking at some new changes that have occured within a few teams and their squads.

A notable difference is seen around as all of the top 5 ranked T20I bowlers will be playing, added to the huge pool of talent that the IPL has to offer as always. There have been quite a few players who have withdrawn from the second half and some substitutions done so you can expect to see a few new faces in this phase of the tournament. 

While some teams still have the same squad as the first half, others have substituted in a lot of players. Let us go through the teams as they stand with respect to the players slotted in/out.

Player Out

Player In

Team

Pat Cummins

Tim Southee

KKR

Riley Meredith

Nathan Ellis

PBKS

Jhye Richardson

Adil Rashid

PBKS

Dawid Malan

Aiden Markram

PBKS

Adam Zampa

Wanindu Hasaranga

RCB

Daniel Sams

Dushmantha Chameera

RCB

Finn Allen

Tim David

RCB

Kane Richardson

George Carton

RCB

Washington Sundar

Akash Deep

RCB

Jofra Archer

Oshane Thomas

RR

Jos Buttler

Evin Lewis

RR

Ben Stokes

Glenn Phillips

RR

Andrew Tye

Tabraiz Shamsi

RR

Chris Woakes

Ben Dwarshius

DC

Jonny Bairstow

Sherfrane Rutherford

SRH

Royal Challengers Bangalore

The Virat Kohli led side have Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Finn Allen, Kane Richardson and Washington Sundar who would miss out. Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Tim David, George Garton and Akash Deep come in.

Wanindu Hasaranga has lately been in terrific form as he has picked 20 wickets in his last 11 T20I matches. Dushmantha Chameera too has been the stand out fast bowler for Sri Lanka over the last 2-3 series. Tim David is a hard-hitting batsman from Singapore who had a good time in the BBL and played a few good knocks in the CPL this season.

Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals (RR) have suffered a big blow with the absence of their top overseas players. The players to miss out would be Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. Replacing them would be Glenn Phillips, Tabraiz Shamsi, Oshane Thomas and Evin Lewis.

Having the services of the top T20I bowler in the world would definitely help RR but they have suffered a huge blow with their top 3 players missing out. In the last 16 T20Is, Shamsi has picked up 28 wickets at an average of 11.89 and economy rate of 5.45.

Evin Lewis too has been in great form as he has scored 343 runs in 9 innings at an average of 42.88 and a strike-rate of 158.80, which includes a century in this CPL. RR will also enjoy the services of Liam Livingstone who left midway through the first half. He has been in the form of his life and should start in the first XI. 

Punjab Kings

The big buys of Punjab Kings, Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson will miss out along with Dawid Malan. PBKS have brought in the likes of Adil Rashid, Aiden Markram and Nathan Ellis as replacements. After a lot of talk about Adil Rashid, he has finally been picked in the IPL for the first time.

It is strange that they have gone in with Adil Rashid as they already have two Indian leg-spinners in Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin. Most of the IPL teams prefer to play Indian leg-spinners unless he is Rashid Khan. Nathan Ellis has been brilliant in the BBL and it is a great signing for PBKS. Aiden Markram too has looked in good touch for South Africa but might not get much game time unless Gayle and Pooran misfire badly.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who spent 15.5 CR on Pat Cummins in the 2020 IPL Auction won’t get the services of the Australian fast bowler as he is awaiting the birth of his child. KKR have roped in Tim Southee who is part of the New Zealand squad for the T20 WC. Southee isn’t a renowned T20 bowler but he has been around the IPL quite a few times. Lockie Ferguson who is the other Kiwi fast bowler in the squad should get a go in the XI before Southee.

Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals (DC) who are at the top of the table with 6 wins from 8 games will be boosted further as Shreyas Iyer, their captain from the previous edition will be back in action. DC will miss the services of Chris Woakes who did well in the first half of the IPL. They have named Ben Dwarshuis as his replacement who plays for the Sydney Sixers in the BBL.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who are at the bottom of the table have very less chance of making into the playoffs as they need to win at least 6 out of their 7 remaining games if not more. SRH’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow opted out at the last minute and young all-rounder Sherfrane Rutherford will replace him. Rutherford was a part of Delhi Capitals in 2019 and played a couple of good cameos. Rutherford is currently having a good CPL as he has scored 227 runs in 8 innings at an average of 37.83.

Mumbai Indians & Chennai Super Kings

The two most successful IPL teams haven’t named any replacements as all their players are available for the second half of the IPL. In fact, CSK’s Josh Hazelwood who missed the first part of IPL 2021 will be back in action for the second half in UAE.

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