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3 players who could have replaced Coulter-Nile instead of Corey Anderson

Varun Aithal
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The 11th season of IPL is slated to kick start from April 7th with arch-rivals Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With less than two weeks remaining, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have suffered a massive blow as their recruit Nathan Coulter-Nile has been ruled out of the tournament due to an injury.

RCB have chosen the Kiwi all-rounder, Corey Anderson, as their replacement for the Aussie pacer, Nathan Coulter Nile which was confirmed by the IPL technical committee today. A statement was issued by Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach, Dan Vettori also, which stated that "Replacing him(Nathan Coulter Nile) in the squad is the explosive Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson. Corey plays a bold game and has incredible potential. We all welcome him to the RCB squad,"

Here goes a list of players who could have replaced Nathan Coulter Nile instead of Corey Anderson:

#3 David Willey

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An English all-rounder with an attacking fast left-arm bowling, David Willey, could have replaced Coulter Nile.

In 20 T20Is he has played for his national team England, Willey has picked 24 wickets in 20 T20Is at an economy rate of 8.6. With batting and bowling, he has an electric fielder on the field. He is one of the under-utilized players in the shortest format of the game. When he plays for England, he is used as a fast bowler. However, when playing for Perth Scorchers, he is used as a proper allrounder who can whack the bowlers at the top of the batting line-up. He has an astonishing strike rate of 143 in BBL 9 which send shivers down the spine of the bowlers.

Although RCB has a stupendous batting line-up, David Willey could have provided the strength to the lower-middle order as it seems to be an area in RCB's lineup that leaves a lot to be desired. His bowling average is only 22, and even his economy rate of 7.83 is decent for someone who bowls in the power play.

Why David Willey?

Along the gnawing pace, he has the accuracy to bowl wicket to the wicket in the powerplay. Moreover, he can add some quick runs to his team's tally at the fag end of the innings.

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