IPL 2020: 3 players who can replace Chris Green at Kolkata Knight Riders

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.

1) Baba Aparajith

Baba Aparajith CSK
Baba Aparajith. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

It was surprising to see a player like Aparajith going unsold once again at the IPL auction with a base price of just INR 20 lakhs. A consistent performer in the domestic circuit, Aparajith has been one of the vital cogs in Tamil Nadu’s line-up over the past several seasons. Having amassed 598 runs that include six half-centuries and a century during 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy where Tamil Nadu emerged as runners-up having lost to Karnataka in the final, he emerged as the fourth-highest run-getter overall.

The 25-year-old who smashed the first-ever century in Tamil Nadu Premier League history back in 2016 has been a part of Chennai Super Kings and the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL. Unfortunately, he didn’t get an opportunity to don the jersey during those two stints and his yet to play an IPL game in his career.

A handy off-spinner, Aparajith might be a valuable T20 commodity given his all-round credentials. On many occasions, the 2012 Under-19 World Cup winner has provided stability to the Tamil Nadu middle-order scoring runs at crucial junctures. The Chennai lad who has proved himself across formats might relish the prospect of playing under Dinesh Karthik if he gets his much-deserved IPL opportunity as a replacement to Chris Green at Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2020.

With age, maturity and talent on his side, there can’t be a better replacement than Aparajith at this price range.

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