IPL 2020: 3 Players who can replace Pravin Tambe in the KKR squad
In all likelihood, KKR will look to replace Pravin Tambe with a proper bowling option keeping the squad composition in mind.
Updated - Jan 14, 2020 12:32 pm
At the age of 48, Pravin Tambe became the oldest player to be bought at IPL auction. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) purchased him at his base price of INR 20 lakhs. However, the leg-spinner won’t be able to take part in the upcoming edition of the league. Last year, he participated in the Abu Dhabi T10 League and hence, violated BCCI’s regulations.
Since he is now deemed ineligible to take part in the league, the KKR management will have to look for alternatives to fill in the void created. There are several options for them to choose from. However, they can only pick from the Indian players as they have already filled their overseas quota of 8 players.
KKR doesn’t have many experienced Indian options to pick from and thus, they would be focusing on acquiring an exciting young cricketer. In all likelihood, they will look to replace Pravin Tambe with a proper bowling option keeping the squad composition in mind.
Here are the three alternatives for Pravin Tambe:
1. Sudhesan Midhun
Sudhesan Midhun might sound a familiar name for many of you. The rookie leg-spinner was earlier associated with the Rajasthan Royals. Although he didn’t get to make his IPL debut, the Kerala cricketer has been around for some time and possibly picked up from the brains of many other legendary cricketers in the RR set-up.
He found no bidders for him in this IPL auction after he was released by the Royals. Sudhesan is 25 years old and has looked quite promising so far. He just made his first-class debut in the ongoing edition of the Ranji Trophy and made his List-A debut in 2018.
Midhun played 14 T20 games so far in his career. He accounted for 14 wickets in these matches with best bowling figures of 4/5. His economy rate of 6.62 in the shortest format of the game is quite impressive and he can be a useful option in the KKR set-up. He is that kind of a player in whom that franchise can invest in keeping the future prospects in mind.