T20 leagues have become quite popular in the cricket world. The main reason behind it is that fans get to witness dream combinations in T20 leagues. Unlike international cricket, a player can represent multiple teams in T20 leagues during his career.
The likes of Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Thisara Perera, and Parthiv Patel played for more than four franchises in their respective IPL careers. Similarly, players have frequently changed franchises in other T20 leagues.
The T20 tournaments attract many big names due to the intense competition level and higher salaries, but at times, players miss out on the matches due to injuries or personal reasons. In that case, the teams need to sign a replacement player.
In the IPL, the replacement signing can be made from the list of unsold players. Different leagues have different rules for player replacement. Recently, SA20 franchise SunRisers Eastern Cape roped in South African skipper Temba Bavuma as a replacement for Tom Abell.
On many occasions, the replacement player failed to match the performances of the original signing, but here's a list of five instances when a replacement player signing proved be a masterstroke in T20 leagues.
#1 RCB sign Chris Gayle as a replacement in 2011
Signing Chris Gayle as a replacement for Dirk Nannes in IPL 2011 was perhaps the best decision made by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL. Gayle shockingly remained unsold at the mega auction but made a roaring comeback to the tournament.
Gayle played 85 matches for RCB, scoring 3,163 runs at a strike rate of 152.73. He was one of their biggest match-winners from IPL 2011 to 2017.
#2 RCB sign Rajat Patidar as a replacement in IPL 2022
Royal Challengers Bangalore feature on the list once again. The Bangalore-based franchise roped in Rajat Patidar as a replacement for Luvnith Sisodia in the previous IPL season.
It proved to be a masterstroke as Patidar scored 333 runs in seven innings at an average of 55.50 and a strike rate of 152.75. He scored a match-winning ton for RCB in the IPL 2022 playoffs against Lucknow Super Giants.
#3 SRH sign Umran Malik as a replacement in IPL 2021
Umran Malik was a net bowler in IPL 2021. SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) roped him in as a replacement for T Natarajan, and Malik's express pace drew everyone's attention. He clocked 150 kmph consistently on the speedometer.
SRH retained him over the experienced names ahead of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. Malik won the Emerging Player of the Season award in IPL 2022 and is now a regular member of India's ODI and T20I squads.
#4 Quetta Gladiators sign Mohammad Hasnain in PSL 2019
Pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain was not so well-known when Quetta Gladiators signed him as a replacement for Naseem Shah in PSL 2019. The decision proved to be a masterstroke as Hasnain bowled a match-winning spell of 3/30 in the final against Peshawar Zalmi to help Quetta become the champions.
Hasnain is still a member of the Gladiators squad. He has played 28 matches for the franchise, scalping 39 wickets, including two four-wicket hauls.
#5 St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots sign Rashid Khan as a replacement in CPL 2022
Afghanistan's leg-spinner Rashid Khan is among the top bowlers in the T20 leagues. Last year, St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots signed him as a replacement for Wanindu Hasaranga in the Caribbean Premier League.
Khan emerged as a match-winner for the Patriots, scalping four wickets in five matches. Notably, his economy rate was just 4.8, while he also bowled two maiden overs.
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