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IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians name Adam Milne’s replacement for the tournament

Milne was ruled out due to a heel injury.

Adam Milne
Adam Milne. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Mumbai Indians (MI) haven’t made the greatest of starts to this edition’s Indian Premier League (IPL) as they lost to the Delhi Capitals (DC) by 37 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With the defeat, the three-time IPL champions also moved to the bottom of the points table. In previous seasons, they mostly lost the opening game and it wasn’t any different even this time around.

In the meantime, the franchise has also been hurt by a few injury concerns. Prior to the tournament, it was learned that Adam Milne, the New Zealand fast bowler, was ruled out of the tournament owing to a heel injury. However, Rohit Sharma and Co have managed to find his appropriate replacement and its Alzarri Joseph, the young and talented Windies fast bowler, as per reports in Cricbuzz.

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Previously, Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian fast bowler, injured his shoulder in the game against the Capitals. In his last over, he clutched his shoulder and lay on the turf, screeching in pain. The same would definitely have increased the headache of the Mumbai Indians team management. The pacer was thereafter sent for scans and an official of the BCCI said that there’s nothing to worry about.

Joseph’s recent cricketing stints

As far as Joseph is concerned, the seamer has represented the Caribbean team in Test and ODI cricket but is yet to play a T20 International. In fact, the 22-year-old has only taken part in seven T20s in which he doesn’t have numbers to boast. The Antigua-born speedster has notched nine wickets at an alarming economy rate of 11.41 with best bowling figures of 4/41.

In last edition’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Joseph plied his trade for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, led by Chris Gayle, and played four matches, picking up as many wickets. Recently, he got 10 wickets in the three-match Test series against England. Joseph’s latest competitive match came in the domestic One Day competition where he played for the Leeward Islands.

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