IPL 2020: 3 players who can replace Chris Green at Kolkata Knight Riders
Having released a solid middle-order batsman like Robin Uthappa and with Nitish Rana under the scanner for age fudging, they might go for a proven Indian batsman with INR 20 lakh base price.
Updated - Jan 9, 2020 12:58 pm
Kolkata Knight Riders’ new recruit Chris Green has been banned from bowling for three months after being reported for an illegal action. The off-spinner was bought by Dinesh Karthik’s men at his base price of INR 20 lakhs during the 2020 IPL auction held in Kolkata.
The Aussie’s participation in this year’s IPL would be subject to the approval of the IPL governing council. This doesn’t augur well for Kolkata Knight Riders who must find a replacement for Chris Green going into the 2020 IPL. According to IPL replacement rules, an injured/suspended player can be replaced only by a player whose base price is the same or less than the price the injured/suspended player was bought for at the auction.
With Green being bought at his base price of INR 20 lakhs and there are no better overseas options available at that price, KKR might be forced to sign an Indian player as a replacement. The overseas combination looks settled with the addition of stars like Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton, and Pat Cummins.
With plenty of spin bowling options to choose from (Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, and Pravin Tambe) it is highly unlikely that KKRwould bring in a spinner as a replacement for Green who himself was touted to be a backup.
Having released a solid middle-order batsman like Robin Uthappa and with Nitish Rana under the scanner for age fudging, they might go for a proven Indian batsman with INR 20 lakh base price who could provide stability in the middle-order complementing Dinesh Karthik and young Shubman Gill thereby avoiding over-reliance on overseas players for runs.
On that note, let us look at three Indian players KKR might bring in as a replacement to Chris Green.
3) Milind Kumar
Milind shot into the limelight courtesy his exploits with the willow during the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season where he emerged as the highest run-getter with whopping 1331 runs for Sikkim with his highest score being 261. The 28-year-old was unstoppable amassing four half-centuries and six centuries in just eight matches last Ranji season.
Despite being a part of two IPL franchises so far- Delhi Daredevils (2014) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (2019), Milind is yet to make his debut in the cash-rich league. The current Tripura skipper drew the attention of defending champion Mumbai Indians and was called for the trails ahead of 2020 IPL auction after being released by Royal Challengers Bangalore who bought him for INR 20 lakhs last year.
Milind continued his impressive run at 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy scoring 390 runs thereby emerging as Tripura’s highest run-getter in the tournament. Having proved his credentials across formats, this dependable batsman might be a valuable addition to KKR’s middle order.