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5 All-rounders who can replace Andre Russell in the IPL

Andre Russell
(Photo Source: BCCI)

Cricket fans were left stunned after reports emerged that charismatic West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell will be unavailable for the 10th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Russell has been one of the key figures for the Kolkata Knight Riders over the years and his absence will surely hurt the cause.

The auction for IPL 2017 will take place on the 20th of February and the Knight Riders will be hoping to sign up an effective replacement who can get the job done in Russell’s absence. Let’s take a look at the 5 All-Rounders whom the Knight Riders will surely be targeting-

1. Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes of England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old English all-rounder has been one of the most consistent performers for England. His big-hitting and economical bowling performances have earned him the vice-captain’s role in the English cricket team which indicates how highly he is valued by the team management.

Stokes was one of the key performers for England in the T20 World Cup 2016 and performed consistently in the away series against India. His ability to change the game in a couple of overs down the order with the willow and bowl accurate Yorkers makes him the perfect candidate to target for any franchise. The Knight Riders will be wise to target him.

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