5 players who can replace Piyush Chawla in KKR team for IPL 2020

5 players who can replace Piyush Chawla in KKR team for IPL 2020

These spinners have the capabilities to reignite the spark in the spin department of KKR and they can also be the perfect replacements for the under-performing Piyush Chawla.

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Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the most prominent teams in IPL because of their consistent run in the tournament. Especially their two title-winning campaigns in 2012 and 2014 are the high points of their tourney. Even the star-cast associated with the franchise has gained them a lot of followers. Throughout the years various elite cricketing talents have donned the Purple jersey. One of them is the UP cricketer Piyush Chawla who has been an integral part of the team for the last 6 years.

The leg-spinner is one of the few players who has played more than 150 games in this league. He has also taken 150 wickets in the tournament. However, Chawla has not been at his best in the last couple of seasons. He has been baggage for the Kolkata team with his inconsistent outings. Also, his wicket-taking abilities have fallen off the cliff which has affected the team adversely. So the franchise should consider other suitable options who can replace him before the next edition.

Here is the list of 5 players who can replace Piyush Chawla in KKR

1) Hayden Walsh Jr.

Hayden Walsh Jr. West Indies
Hayden Walsh Jr. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images)

What happens if a cricketer signs a franchise agreement ahead of a central contract? Most probably he will never represent his national team again but in the case of Hayden Walsh Jr. things have panned out quite differently. The former United States player is on the verge of making his debut for the Caribbean team.

The reason being his breathtaking spells in the recently concluded CPL. He scalped 22 wickets in 9 games and powered his team Barbados Tridents to their second title. Within a month the leg-spinner has become a sensation in the cricketing community and very soon his name will be the most discussed one in the T20 leagues around the globe.

Especially in the IPL where the biggest superstars of the game ply their trade. After his recent heroics, Walsh is expected to get good bids in the upcoming IPL auctions and the franchise which should keep a close eye on him is Kolkata. Walsh can reduce the burden of Sunil Narine who has been carrying the bowling unit of Knight Riders in the past 7 years. If needed he can also lead their spin department, unlike Piyush Chawla who struggles to fulfill that role in the absence of Narine.