5 Players who can replace Dwayne Bravo in Gujarat Lions
The Gujarat Lions were dented heavily when their star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was ruled out of the ongoing edition of the IPL.
Updated - Apr 23, 2017 6:57 pm
The Gujarat Lions were dented heavily when their star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was ruled out of the ongoing edition of the IPL. The Lions had been a strong force in the previous edition of the tournament. Bravo had a big role to play in the impressive show as he had turned out to be the second most successful bowler for the side last year. Coming into this season, Bravo was recovering from a hamstring injury that he had suffered during the Big Bash League this season.
The Lions have surely missed his services this year and that is evident from the fact that the Lions are languishing in the bottom half of the points table. Now that the West Indies all-rounder has been ruled out of the tournament, the Gujarat Lions have a good option to rope in a replacement for him from the pool of available players. There are a lot of players who can be good replacements for Bravo.
The team management will try to get a like-for-like replacement for him so that the interests of the Gujarat camp are served the best. The options could have been even vaster but the international tours in May have kept their moves restricted. There are quite a few international tours in May that would see Ireland, Bangladesh, New Zealand, England and South Africa in action.
Hence, the possibility of roping in the likes of Jimmy Neesham, Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman and Alex Hales only seem to be an unthoughtful cry. Among the players who would be available till the end of the tournament, here are the top 5 players who can replace Dwayne Bravo in the Gujarat Lions lineup:
1. David Wiese
South African all-rounder David Wiese is a T20 specialist. He was a part of the IPL roster in the previous edition of the tournament and has had the taste of the tournament. Wiese, who recently signed the Kolpak deal with Sussex, is a handy batsman in the lower middle-order. He can pack a punch when needed and be the ideal finisher.
With the ball, he is more than just useful. He can be a wicket taking option with his medium pacers on a given day. He has played 140 T20s in his career thus far and has accumulated 1191 runs at a strike rate of 152.10. He also 118 wickets to go with those runs and has 3 five wicket hauls to his name.
In the IPL, he has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2015 and 2016 edition of the tournament. In the 15 matches that he played across the two seasons, he scored 127 runs at an average of 31.75. He scalped 16 wickets with best of 4/33.