After two consecutive losses, Kolkata Knight Riders have made their way back in the tournament, courtesy a morale-boosting win against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Lockie Ferguson produced a sensational performance in his debut game for KKR this season, picking 3 wickets for just 15 runs in his four overs. This was followed by an outstanding super over. He took both the wickets of Warner and Samad in just three balls, thereby helping his team get over the line in the end.
Kolkata Knight Riders, currently, sit at fourth position in the points table with 5 wins in 9 matches. Morgan and Co. will play their next game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday.
Amidst the morale-boosting victory against SRH, Morgan and Co. suffered a huge blow as Andre Russell was seen in extreme discomfort. He was seen clutching into his hamstring and is likely to miss the next game against RCB. It remains to be seen who could replace Russell in the playing XI ahead of the game against RCB.
We look at three possible replacements for Andre Russell in the playing XI.
Sunil Narine missed out in the last three games for KKR as he was reported for bowling with a suspected illegal bowling action during the match against Kings XI Punjab. Much to the delight of KKR fans, the West Indian has now been cleared by the IPL’s suspect bowling action committee and is likely to feature in the next game. Sunil Narine hasn’t fared well with the bat but has been crucial in the middle overs with the ball. Against RCB in the next game, Sunil Narine is likely to feature in the playing XI.
2. Tom Banton
Young sensation Tom Banton has featured in just one game thus far in the tournament. Against a strong RCB bowling line-up, the English opener played an uncharacteristic knock of 8 runs off 12 balls. In Russell’s absence, the management would want to bolster their batting line up against RCB on Wednesday. Kolkata Knight Riders have struggled to get off to good start in the powerplay overs. And, therefore, Tom Banton could be a perfect bet at the top of the order.
3. Tim Seifert
An attacking opener from New Zealand, Tim Seifert is a household name in T20 cricket. Seifert has, recently, been roped in as a replacement for Ali Khan, who has been ruled out due to injury.
Given KKR’s inability to score quick runs at the top, Tim Seifert could also prove to be a great choice. Seifert was part of CPL 2020 champions- Trinbago Knight Riders. He scored 133 runs in nine innings at a strike rate of 109.91.