IPL 2021: 5 Players who can replace Washington Sundar at RCB in UAE leg
Here are the probable replacements RCB might target to fill in for Washington Sundar.
Updated - Aug 13, 2021 3:22 pm
The remainder of the Indian Premier League is set to be conducted in the United Araba Emirates from 19 September, with matches to be played across three venues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
The 14th edition of the league was postponed on May 4 after multiple Covid-19 cases emerged inside the bio-bubble of four different camps across two cities, forcing the BCCI and the IPL Governing Council to suspend the season in a bid to ensure the health and security of all involved stakeholders. After plenty of deliberation and contemplation, the board zeroed in on UAE to be the host for the remaining 31 matches, including the playoffs.
Until the season suspension, Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore enjoyed a good time and were placed third in the tally with 10 points from seven fixtures. Ahead of IPL resumption, the team would need to make some forced personnel change as their off-spin all-rounder Washington Sundar is likely to miss the second half owing to a finger injury he picked during the three-day warm-up fixture in the buildup to the five-Test England series.
Sundar was one of the two players – the other being Avesh Khan – who represented the County XI against India, and incidentally, both of them were ruled out of the England series owing to finger injuries. In Sundar’s absence, the RCB management will have some head-scratching to do, given he bowled for the team in crucial powerplay overs and sometimes also played a role with the bat.
Here are the probable replacements RCB might target to fill in for Washington Sundar:
1. Wanindu Hasaranga
Even as Sri Lanka cricket has been in the doldrums, leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga’s performances for the team have been a sight to behold for their supporters. Hasaranga announced his arrival in style against Pakistan in 2019, bagging eight wickets in three matches.
He came up with another stellar show against West Indies in an away series in 2020, before scripting a Player-of-the-Tournament performance in the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League. Hasaranga was also the Player of the Series against India in the recently-concluded home T20I series that Sri Lanka clinched 2-1.
The 24-year-old admitted that he was approached by a couple of IPL franchises post the India series, one of which is the RCB, however, nothing is officially confirmed as yet.