IPL 2018: 5 possible replacements for injured Andre Russell
KKR await a confirmation on both Chris Lynn and Andre Russell's participation in IPL 11.
Star West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the remainder of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 season because of a hamstring injury. Russell pulled his right hamstring in the very first over of the match while playing for Islamabad United against the Karachi Kings.
The 29-year-old had just returned to competitive cricket, following a one-year ban imposed on him by the ICC after he was found guilty of violating a doping rule. His absence was felt in the KKR team last year, and if he doesn’t recover on this time for IPL 11 too, KKR will have to keep a replacement in mind already.
Here are 5 names from IPL 2018 auctions’ unsold list which can replace Russell.
#5 Jason Holder (Base price INR 1.5 crores)
Several things went against Jason Holder in the 2017 and 2018 IPL auctions. He didn’t have a great run in the IPL 2016 for KKR, in which he managed only 22 runs in four matches and picked up two wickets. The same year, he was in the West Indies squad for the World T20 but didn’t play in a single game.
All this led to franchise owners ignoring him in the auctions. However, his confidence has increased after his recent unbeaten 99 in the ICC World Cup qualifiers. His overall T20 record is not too bad either. In 74 games, the bowling all-rounder has 472 runs and 56 wickets.
His base price of 1.5 crores was what cost him a place in the 11th IPL season.