IPL 2021: 10 Unsold players who can come back as replacements for the UAE leg
A number of stars, who took part in the first leg of IPL 2021, may not come back.
Updated - Jun 7, 2021 11:45 am
The fourteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has witnessed everything possible. The tournament had a great start as most of the teams managed to put up a high level of competition. Even after many players opted to stay home, the remaining participants ensured that the fans got their share of entertainment. However, things turned haywire for the IPL.
Things started to get worse as soon as a few players from the KKR camp were tested positive for COVID 19 virus. Later on, after a couple of days, BCCI decided to suspend the tournament. The rising cases in the country meant that fans had to face disappointment. But, recently, there has been a glimmer of hope for every cricket fan.
Recently, the board has decided to conduct the remaining matches of the league in the UAE during the month of September-October later this year. With the unpredictability of COVID, this seems a smart move by the BCCI. This will give BCCI ample time to prepare for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
With many players being unavailable for the second leg, here are 10 unsold players who can make a comeback as replacements:
1. Sandeep Lamichhane
The Indian Premier League is well known to provide the perfect platform for youngsters to shine on the big stage. Adding on, the tournament can be a perfect opportunity for players from Associate teams to make a mark. Sandeep Lamichhane is the only player from Nepal to make it to the IPL. The talented spinner was, however, unsold during the 2020 and 2021 auctions.
He was a part of the Delhi Capitals squad in 2018 and 2019. Sandeep’s skills were enough to enable him to make it to the Capitals squad as an overseas player. But, a poor season in 2019 meant that he had no bidders in the 2020 auctions. However, the second leg might open up a door for him to make a comeback.
It is important for Nepal’s cricket circuit that Sandeep makes it to the IPL. He can play the role just like Rashid Khan did for Afghanistan. Till now, Sandeep has played 9 games in the IPL. With a decent economy of 8.34, he can bowl during the middle overs.