IPL 2021: RCB likely to fill 8th overseas player’s position before resumption of the tournament
Mike Hesson added that the RCB side is pleased to add Dushmantha Chameera to their arsenal as well.
Updated - Aug 21, 2021 6:41 pm
The Royal Challengers Bangalore side (RCB) has roped in the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, and Tim David ahead of the second half of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
While Hasaranga will replace Adam Zampa, Dushmantha Chameera has been roped in instead of Daniel Sams. Also, the RCB side will avail the services of Tim David and he will replace Finn Allen in the side.
And, the Director of Cricket of the RCB side, Mike Hesson stated that the Virat Kohli-led side needed to make sure about which player was available to take part in the tournament. Hesson also added that the RCB side was also waiting for the BCCI to announce about the availability of players as well.
Hesson added that the likes of Daniel Sams and Kane Richardson confirmed that they were unavailable, while Scott Kuggeleijn and Finn Aleen will be representing New Zealand.
“We needed to make sure who was available for the upcoming part of the IPL. We were also waiting for the BCCI to announce who was available and who wasn’t. And then players made those individual choices in terms of who was able to come and who weren’t.
Daniel Sams and Kane Richardson made themselves unavailable relatively early. Scott Kuggeleijn and Finn Allen have been selected to play for New Zealand,” said Mike Hesson in a video posted by RCB on Twitter.
Wanindu Hasaranga was certainly a key target: Mike Hesson
Mike Hesson added that Wanindu Hasaranga was a key target for the Bangalore side. Hesson added that the RCB side is pleased to add Dushmantha Chameera to their arsenal as well, and Tim David has been added to strengthen the middle order alongside Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers.
Hesson concluded by stating that the RCB side will let the fans know when the 8th and final overseas player will be picked as well.
“Wanindu Hasaranga was certainly a key target for us and we are delighted to get his services. We wanted pace in our attack, and really pleased to get Chameera, who has been bowling really nicely at the moment.
And Tim David, we wanted somebody, who along with Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers in the middle order, and we wanted a straight swap in terms of the replacements as we wanted to strengthen that middle order with another player. We still have one more position to fill, and we will let you know once that last position takes place,” concluded Hesson.
You can watch Mike Hesson speaking in the video below
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While Mike Hesson takes up a dual role as Head Coach & Director of Cricket Operations, RCB have made some key signings ahead of #IPL2021 in UAE.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) August 21, 2021