Should Umran Malik be fast tracked into international cricket?
(Cricket news) The festival of cricket i.e the IPL is going in full flow. A lot of players are in the form of their lives while a lot of new names are becoming household names and one such name is Umran Malik. Just last year the speedster from Jammu was selected as a net bowler for Sunrisers Hyderabad on recommendation from his teammate Abdul Samad. After T Natarajan tested positive for Covid-19, Malik was selected as a replacement and his life completely changed. Even though Sunrisers Hyderabad didn't make it to the playoffs the fast bowler caught the eyes of cricketing fans. The same year he was selected as a net bowler for the 2021 T20 World Cup by team India.
Umran Malik was then retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of the likes of T Natarajan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 4 Cr. He later went onto play for India A in 4 day games against South Africa A. This year he has picked 9 wickets in 6 games and has bowled some amazing spells. His performances have attracted a lot of attention with experts and fans calling for him to be selected in the Indian team immediately. No Indian bowler comes close to him when it comes to raw pace which is why he can add something unique to the Indian attack. The only problem is that if he is fast tracked and thrown into international cricket it could easily backfire.
The speedster is just playing his first full IPL season and is only 21 years old. Malik definitely needs more experience playing domestic cricket. An international call up is a big thing for any cricketer but an immediate set back could be devastating as well. BCCI selectors may want to wait for another year or so before giving an international debut to Umran Malik. A few first class tours with India A will definitely do him a world of good just like it did for Mohammed Siraj who is a regular member of the Test side now. If the selectors do go with the flow and call up Umran Malik straight away for the South Africa series then it will be a big Test for the seamer who will have to develop accuracy and a few variations as well. Everything else will come later but right now he needs to continue doing the same things that he has been doing for the rest of the tournament.
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Both LSG and CSK are looking for their first win in match no 7
(Cricket news) Both Lucknow Supergiants and Chennai Super Kings are looking for their first win. Lucknow suffered a disappointing loss against newcomers Gujarat Titans as CSK also went down to KKR in their first. Both the new captains will hope for their first victory out of the way and hopefully take momentum from the result into the season.
The Chennai Super Kings will have Moeen Ali back as he missed the first game because of visa issues but is now likely to come in for Mitchell Santner and straight away slot in the number 3 role that he played in last year. Along with his explosive batting at the 2021 T20 World Cup, Moeen was impressive with the ball in the powerplay. In 11 overs, he picked up five wickets at an economy rate of 5.7. Jadeja can certainly use him against De Kock who has taken 53 runs off 38 but also has dismissed him four times in eight T20 innings. Jadeja will particularly be happy with MSD’s form after he scored his first fifty since 2019 and played the perfect finishing role. With Deepak Chahar out, Tushar Deshpande will continue and will have big responsibility to make important breakthroughs for the team.
The Lucknow Supergiants have probably the best opening pair on paper but last match both the experienced players were disappointing and the so-called fragile middle order had to steady the ship for the team. Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni played crucial knocks and helped them recover from a precarious 29 for 4. Ayushi Badoni, a relatively unknown commodity, showed everyone the plethora of talent that exists in the Indian domestic circuit as he pretty much assured himself a place in the playing XI now.
In the last match, one thing Rahul might rue is his use of Dushmantha Chameera. Chameera was SuperGiants' most threatening bowler on the night but didn't even get to bowl his full quota. Krunal Pandya could be SuperGiants' trump card against CSK as he has an exceptional record against the CSK middle order. In T20s, Krunal has conceded 37 off 33 against Robin Uthappa with two dismissals, 28 off 25 against Ambati Rayudu (two dismissals), 15 off 15 against Ravindra Jadeja (two dismissals) and 17 off 24 against Dhoni.
Pitch and weather report: The Brabourne pitch is more of a two paced wicket as in the middle phase of the game where the teams will face a lot of challenges to score runs . The wicket will suit the spinners and it will not be easy to go against them. Taking the pace off the ball will help the pacers on this pitch. The temperature is going to hover around 32 degrees with no chance of rain as dew will again be a factor going into the game.
- Since 2018, Rahul has hit the most sixes (110).
- Dhoni has most sixes for an Indian in overs 16th to 20th. With 51 sixes
- Jadeja has never dismissed Rahul but he has conceded only 39 runs off 38 balls
- In the IPL, Adam Milne has taken only seven wickets at an economy of 9.47.
- Outside of the IPL, he has taken 144 wickets in 127 games at an economy of 7.52.
Probable XI for CSK:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Moeen Ali, 5 Ambati Rayudu, 6 Ravindra Jadeja (capt), 7 MS Dhoni (wk), 8 Shivam Dube, 9 Dwayne Bravo, 10 Adam Milne, 11 Tushar Deshpande
Probable XI for LSG:
1 KL Rahul (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Evin Lewis, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Ayush Badoni, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Andrew Tye/Mohsin Khan, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Ravi Bishnoi, 11 Avesh Khan
Justin Langer inducted into Australian cricket Hall of Fame, Raelee Thompson too honoured
Melbourne, Jan 27 (Cricket News) Former opener and head coach of the senior men's side, Justin Langer has been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame alongside Raelee Thompson, one of the pioneers of the women's game in the country.
During his successful career as a player, Langer had formed a formidable pairing with Matthew Hayden in Test cricket, playing a key role in Australia's dominance in the early and mid 2000s.
Former fast bowler Thompson, 76, captained the Australian team on four occasions.
Thompson and Langer become the 58th and 59th inductees respectively, since the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame was established in 1996.
Langer took up coaching after his retirement from international cricket and following successful stints at Western Australian and Perth Scorchers, Langer was appointed coach of the Australian men's cricket team in May 2018, and led them to the ICC 2021 T20 World Cup title and helped the team retain the Ashes in 2019 and 2021-2022.
"Justin's contribution to Australian cricket spans across four separate decades," Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Chairman Peter King said.
"First as a player, as part of one of the most successful teams that world cricket has ever seen. As a coach, he entered the role at a time of great need and leads the Australian Men's Cricket Team with great distinction, a team which the Australian public is very proud of." The duo of Langer and Hyaden amassed 6,081 runs together from 122 Test innings at an average of 51.53, including 14 century partnerships.
The gritty Langer made his Test debut against the West Indies at the Adelaide Oval in 1993 with a gritty 54, an innings during which he was hit on the helmet by an Ian Bishop delivery.
The 51-year-old Langer finished his career with 7696 runs at an average of 45.27.
He also played in eight One Day Internationals in a career spanning 18 years and played first-class cricket for Western Australia, Middlesex and Somerset, scoring 28,382 runs at an average of 50.23.
However, Langer spent the first years of his Test career at No. 3, which included his famous match-winning partnership with Adam Gilchrist to chase down 369 against Pakistan in Hobart in 1999.
Thompson, hailing from Shepparton in Victoria, played 16 Tests and 23 One Day Internationals for Australia between 1972 and 1985.
Thompson remains the oldest player - male or female - to take a maiden five-wicket haul in Test matches at 39 years and 175 days of age.
About Thompson, King said, "Raelee is similarly a deserved induction, given her outstanding contribution to the game at a time where there was little fanfare at the elite level.
"She is no doubt one of our great pioneering female cricketers and represented the Baggy Green with such distinction - she is a worthy recipient of this recognition." Todd Greenberg, the CEO of Australian Cricketers' Association and a member of the selection panel for the Hall of Fame, added," Raelee is an ambassador and ornament to the women's game and was part of a team of trailblazing women - including four games as captain - who can be credited for the success that the current-day Australian women's cricket team enjoys.
Thompson took 57 Test wickets at an average of 18.24 and 24 One-Day International wickets at 18.66. She also represented Victoria on 45 occasions before serving as a selector for many years.
"Raelee's commitment to the betterment of women's cricket at all levels through mentoring and administration roles is inspiring.
"To this day she remains a prominent figure in cricket, particularly at Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies Cricket Club where she is a Life Member. She is hugely deserving of her induction," Greenberg said.
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It will rank up there in history of Test cricket in South Africa: Boucher
Cape Town, Jan 14 (Cricket News) South Africa head coach Mark Boucher on Friday ranked the remarkable, come-from-behind 2-1 series win against World No. 1 India as one of the best in their history of Test cricket.
Trailing 0-1 after losing the Boxing Day opening Test at Centurion, the Dean Elgar-led side showed immense resilience to win back-to-back matches at the Wanderers and Newlands to upset the firm favourites.
"To put it into perspective we have lost three tosses. A lot of people, including some of the media, had written us off after day one of the first Test of the series," Boucher said at the post-match media interaction.
"So, to come back after losing the first Test badly and then to win the second Test and now win the third Test is pretty incredible.
"It will rank up there -- in top five must be. Where we've come from, the on-field and off-field stuff... It's good to get some good results.
"The way the whole Test series was played was hard fought, some good cricket, it must be up there with some of the best Test series to have played in South Africa." Will take a lot of confidence from this triumph ============================= Going into the series, the hosts were short on experience as they played their first Test in six months at Centurion. They played just six Tests under new captain Elgar as Australia opted not to travel for a four-match series last March.
Elgar started his journey with a 2-0 win over the West Indies before losing to India in the Boxing Day Test.
"It's certainly something that we can take a lot of confidence from. This team is on a mission, really. We've been through some tough times of late and they have driven in a way that is pretty special.
"I'm incredibly proud of where they come from in a short period of time and the results are starting to come through now which is fantastic.
"Our feet are firmly on the ground. We know that we're not the finished product. We've got goals ahead of us. So we will enjoy this win," Boucher said.
Going into the fourth day's play, South Africa started from 101 for two and finished the task with as many as seven wickets in hand.
"These guys deserve it. They've been through a lot together as a unit. So it's just nice to see that.
"It's a close knit group of guys. The World Cup was a massive disappointment, although we played some good cricket throughout.
"It is just something that was really needed in our dressing room to put the hard work in." Not surprised with the character shown ======================== In both the Tests, the inexperienced side under Elgar were set tricky targets of over 200 in bouncy conditions.
Elgar showed the way in Johannesburg, helping the side chase down 240 in a seven-wicket win.
Here, Keegan Petersen top-scored with 82 -- his third successive Test fifty -- as the hosts chased down the 212-run target.
"It doesn't surprise me because you got Dean as well who's that sort of character who leads from the front.
"You've got Temba (Bavuma) as the vice-captain who is the same fighter with that spirit in him, so you've got two leaders like that who the guys are going to follow.
"The guys stood up with regards to their own games as well." Boucher added, "To put these things into perspective about where this team is and where the Indian team is... They are probably the best team in world cricket Test-wise at the moment.
"They've gone over to England, beat England, beat Australia in Australia. So this is something that our boys won't take for granted." Loss for words for Keegan ================= For South Africa, Petersen and 21-year-old lanky left-arm pacer Marco Jansen were the finds of the series.
Heaping praise on the duo, Boucher said: "You get two youngsters who have just come into the side. Both of them deserve their little spotlights." Petersen, who was playing only his second series after a lacklustre debut against the West Indies in June, impressed with his solidity and composure at No. 3.
The 28-year-old scored three fifties in four innings and each time bettered his score to be adjudged Man of the Series. He was also the Man of the Match in their series-clinching win here.
"Keegan probably didn't start off as well in the West Indies as he would have liked. Then he didn't start off too well at the Supersport Park.
"But he's always shown signs of the player that we are seeing right now. He just stuck to his guns. He's in a good position to have a guy like Dean next to him. He (Dean) really backs him.
"He's a tough nut and batting at No. 3 in Test cricket, you have got to be tough, you got to know your game, technically you got to be sound as well. Hopefully he just gets better, better and better.
"It's a very tough position to play in South Africa in our conditions, batting at No. 3. The way that he's come through the series, I'm at a loss for words. In a big series, against big players and to get the Man of the Series, he fully deserved it," Boucher said of Petersen.
Found a superstar in Jansen ================== Uncapped left-arm seamer Jansen was a revelation and grew from strength to strength after an unimpressive debut in the Boxing Day Test.
"When you lose out a guy like Andre Nortje (hip injury), it was a big loss for us but then you get Marco coming to the side. We are really in a good space at the moment." "A lot of people questioned his selection in the first Test. He didn't start off too well and the media jumped on him a bit, which I thought was quite unfair," he said of Jansen.
"But we saw what he had in Pakistan. He was with us in the West Indies, and it was just a matter of time before he came through because we can see the skillset that he's got and the variation." Averaging a superb 16.47, Jansen finished with 19 wickets, behind their top wicket taker Kagiso Rabada (20).
"Now when we look at him and probably everyone's looking the same, what a find we've got, another addition to our bowling attack. He has a lot of cricket to learn. We find a superstar in him as well. He's only going to get better," he said.
We've turned the corner quite a while ago ========================== The head coach further went on to say that they have turned the corner after some forgettable performances in the recent past including a group-stage exit in the 2021 T20 World Cup.
"I believe that we've turned the corner quite a while ago. Our results have been pretty solid over the last six months to a year.
"We had the chance to try a few players. I think that's starting to come good now because we started to get a depth of cricketers that we can turn to," he signed off.
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I have reapplied for batting coach's position, confirms Vikram Rathour
Abu Dhabi, Nov 2 (Cricket news) India's batting coach Vikram Rathour on Tuesday confirmed that he has already re-applied for the same position as he feels there is a lot of work still left to be done.
Rathour is the only one from the current support staff, who is keen on a second stint as head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharath Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar have decided to move on.
"Going forward, I have already applied for the batting coach's job and if I get the job, there is going to be a lot of work to be done. (I) will take it as it goes," Rathour said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the team's match against Afghanistan to a query by PTI.
Rathour took over as the India batting coach from former India batsman Sanjay Bangar in 2019 and his appointment was till the end of the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Under Rathour as the batting coach, India won a historic Test series in Australia and also thrashed England on their home soil earlier this year.
The 52-year-old Jalandhar-born Rathour played six Tests and seven ODIs for India, with modest returns of 131 and 193 runs respectively.
The right-handed batsman played 146 first-class matches and amassed 11,473 runs from it.
Rathour stressed that it was a great experience to work with skipper Virat Kohli and his boys in the Indian dressing room.
"I thought this PC was for the World Cup. But anyways I can answer this question. So, the experience (with the Indian team) has been great.
"It has been a great learning experience. It is great to work with a team of such highly motivated and skilful players, so it has been a good experience," he added.
The BCCI has invited applications for head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, and fielding coach and the last date to apply for the batting coach’s job is November 3 by 5 PM.
It's a mere formality for Rahul Dravid to take over as the national coach.
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T20 World Cup preview: West Indies take on England in match no 2
(Cricket news) The World no 1 T20 side England take on defending champions West Indies in a mouthwatering clash, it's been 5 and a half years since West Indies played that momentous final of 2016 World Cup in Kolkata, the chants of Ian Bishop's 'Remember the name' commentary still remains fresh in the memories of the fans. It is fitting then that the two teams will meet on the opening day of the Super 12 stage in this year's tournament.
The men from the Caribbean will be a bit disappointed with their preparations as they lost both of their warm up matches against Pakistan and Afghanistan. The strength in this line up lies in the middle order as batsmen like Pollard and Russell on their given day can single handedly make the team win. Another thing to note would be that West Indies will bat deep which will indirectly put pressure on the opposition to defend totals, explosiveness of each batsmen is uncanny and each have the ability to hit the ball out of the park. The weakness lies in the experience of the spinners as they have opted not to select Sunil Narine in their squad so a lot of onus will fall on Hayden Walsh to pick some crucial wickets in the middle order.
England have improved leaps and bounds since their heartbreak in the 2016 T20 final as they have established themselves as the finest white ball cricketing nation. Heading into the tournament, England are favourites to win the trophy but they will have to do it the hard way as superstars such as Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Sam Curran will all be out. England may actually drop the no1 T20 batsman Dawid Malan to occupy Moeen Ali at number 3, a strategy Chennai Super Kings used a lot in this season's IPL. The form of Eoin Morgan could be a concern as he admitted that he will drop himself if he doesn’t perform for his team. England in their two warm up matches against India and New Zealand performed really well, we saw that the opening partnership of Roy and Butler will hold the key for England if they are to make it all the way to the final.
Head to head: West Indies 11 - 7 England in T20s ,( In T20 World Cups West Indies have won 5 times against England)
Pitch and weather report: The Dubai International stadium was the highest scoring venue in the IPL as the trend will most likely continue, considering the fire power both have in their batting line up. The trend with this venue has been to win the toss and bat second as dew plays a very important part later in the evening. The temperature is going to hover around 34 degrees as there is no chance of rain.
- England and West Indies have the highest boundary percentage since 2019
- Chris Gayle averages 34.08 against England in 13 innings with a strike rate of 157.31
- Dwayne Bravo has dismissed Jos Buttler 3 times in T20 cricket at an average of 19
- Gayle and Bravo are two of only six players to have featured in all six T20 World Cups to date, dating back to the original event in South Africa in 2007.
- West Indies have played just two T20Is in Dubai, and lost them both, against Pakistan in 2016. England, by contrast, have won four and lost two at the stadium, also against Pakistan between 2010 and 2015.
Probable XI for West Indies:
1 Evin Lewis, 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Kieron Pollard(capt) , 7 Andre Russell, 8 Dwayne Bravo, 9 Hayden Walsh Jr, 10 Obed McCoy, 11 Oshane Thomas/Ravi Rampaul
Probable XI for England:
1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (wk),3 Moeen Ali, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Liam Livingstone, 6 Eoin Morgan (capt), 7 David Willey/Chris Woakes, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Tymal Mills
2021 T20 World Cup: Defending Champions West Indies take on No.1 ranked England
(Cricket news) West Indies and England kick off their T20 World cup campaign on Saturday at the Dubai International Stadium. The match will be a replay of the 2016 T20 World Cup final which West Indies won.
England lost their 1st warm-up game against India by 7 wickets but came back to win their 2nd game against New Zealand by 13 runs. The defending champions on the other hand suffered heavy defeats in both their warm-up games. Against Pakistan they lost by 7 wickets and 27 balls to spare and against Afghanistan by 57.
Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
The big concern in England camp will be Eoin Morgan's form with the willow. The skipper contributed almost nothing as a batter although he did lead the team well as a captain. Moeen Ali, who just won the IPL with CSK has been in good form while Jason Roy also got some runs in the last few games that he played for SRH. Other than these three no other player has played much cricket but they are the no.1 team in the world which makes them heavy favourites.
West Indies squad:
Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh jnr.
Despite his impressive performances in the IPL, Sunil Narine doesn't find a place in the squad because of fitness issues. The West Indies side usually bats very deep sometimes till no. 10 which is a huge advantage. Chris Gayle's form has been heavily discussed and is a bit of concern for West Indies. Dwayne Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer will be the two key players for the Windies as both of them have had a very good IPL.
The average first innings score at the Dubai International Stadium is 144 while it drops down to 122 in the 2nd innings. The dew will also be a very big factor, maybe even more than the wicket itself. West Indies' performance in the warm-ups shouldn't be too big of a concern as they have a lot of fire power in their side. England on the other hand are the no. 1 side in the world and would like to start that way.
India's ideal playing XI for the 2021 T20 World Cup
(Cricket news) Team India are about to start their preparations for the T20 World Cup in the UAE. Captain Virat Kohli along with Coach Ravi Shastri and Mentor MS Dhoni will be hoping to end India's ICC trophy drought. India have a squad of 15 players with 3 standbys and 8 net bowlers. The selectors have made a few questionable decisions but now all the attention turns on what should be the Playing XI selection.
India's ideal playing XI:
After having an unsuccessful T20I series against England, the Karnataka batter had another very good IPL with the Punjab Kings. The selection is a no brainer as Rahul was the 3rd highest scorer in the IPL despite playing only 13 matches.
Sharma didn't have the best of season's with Mumbai Indians in the IPL but he was still their highest run scorer. Rohit Sharma is a very important part of this Indian side both as a batter and as vice-captain. The opener will be hoping to continue his love affair with ICC tournaments and this time go one step further by actually winning the trophy.
Virat Kohli is an automatic selection in this side. Although the Indian captain opened the innings in the IPL and in India's last T20I game against England, it is tough to see him open for India especially when Rohit and Rahul are fully fit. Kohli has been India's top scorer in the last two T20 series. He will have extra motivation to do well as this will be the last time he captains in the T20 format.
Surya Kumar Yadav
Despite being out of form in the phase 2 of the IPL the batter scored an incredible 82 in the last game. His inclusion in the team will be a big positive if he gets going. SKY has already scored 139 T20I runs in just 4 games. Whether he plays at 3,4 or 5 remains to be seen.
Rishabh Pant will almost certainly don the gloves for India. In his debut season as a captain for Delhi Capitals he led them to a 2nd place finish and did very well with the willow as well. Pant along with Jadeja is the only left hander in this XI assuming Ishan Kishan will be on the bench. He could bat anywhere between 3-6 depending on the situation.
If Hardik Pandya was fit enough to bowl he would've been a sure shot selection but because he hasn't bowled a single ball in the last two IPL seasons his place in the side is up for debate because his batting form hasn't been that great in the 2021 IPL. Nevertheless even as a pure batter Pandya has done well in the past for India and the Mumbai Indians. Even though Shardul Thakur was bought in the squad in a last minute call, Pandya should keep his place in the side even if he isn't going to ball.
Jadeja is another player whose position in the side is locked. The Saurashtra player adds value to the side in all three departments of the game. Jadeja has had another good IPL with the bat and the ball. Jadeja is the proper all-rounder in this side as the team will be expecting equal contribution in all three departments from him. Jadeja will definitely be the last batter in this Indian side.
Seamers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah is an automatic pick in the side and will definitely be Kohli's go to strike bowler. Bhuvneshwar swing bowling at the top and incredible death bowling ability will be a huge asset to the side. Shami has had a very underrated IPL campaign having taken 19 wickets at an economy of 7.50. It is almost guaranteed that Hardik Pandya will not be bowling therefore playing any less than 3 seamers is very unlikely. This of course means that Shardul Thakur will miss out. Thakur's last minute introduction just looks like a precautionary measure to add an extra pacer just in case. He could be used in the later stages if the team feels the need to have more batting power in the tail.
Out of the three specialist spinners Rahul Chahar has been out of the Mumbai team so his selection doesn't look likely. Varun Chakravarty will edge Ravichandran Ashwin in the side thanks to two wonderful IPL seasons with KKR. In the 2021 edition he took 18 wickets and had an economy of just 6.58. The mystery spinner along with Jadeja will be given the responsibility of minimising damage and picking up wickets in the middle overs. There have been a few reports about him struggling with a knee injury but that hasn't affected his performance in the playoffs and shouldn't affect his position in the team.
Bench: Ishan Kishan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Chahar.
Reserves: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel.
Net bowlers/Additional players: Avesh Khan, Umran Malik, Harshal Patel, Lukman Meriwala, Venkatesh Iyer, Karn Sharma, Shahbaz Ahmed and K. Gowtham
Punjab Kings name Australian pacer Nathan Ellis as replacement for Riley Meredith and Kane Richardson
New Delhi, Aug 21 (Cricket news) Punjab Kings have named Australia pacer Nathan Ellis as a replacement player for the remainder of Indian Premier League which will be held in the UAE beginning September 19.
Punjab Kings will miss Riley Meredith and Kane Richardson during the second phase of the IPL.
"Earlier today, Punjab Kings announced a new addition to their roster, roping in new Australian sensation Nathan Ellis. The pacer will be part of the squad for the remainder of the 2021 VIVO Indian Premier League, and is expected to join the team camp shortly after finishing his quarantine," a press release stated.
Ellis recently set the T20 world ablaze as he became the first bowler ever to pick up a hat-trick on International debut. Ellis claimed figures of 3/34 on debut against Bangladesh in August, 2021.
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The youngster was also recently named in the reserves squad of Australia for the 2021 T20 World Cup. Ellis was one of the standout performers of the 2021 Big Bash League. He was the leading wicket-taker for his franchise Hobart Hurricanes, accounting for 20 wickets in just 14 games.
He played all games for the franchise this season and almost got them to the knockout stages.
Ellis gained a reputation for being a wicket-taker for his franchise, with an impressive bowling average of just over 22.
News source: PTI