IPL 2021: Scott Kuggeleijn named as a replacement for Kane Richardson in RCB squad
The inclusion of the Kiwi pacer in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad has opened a lot of doors for the Challengers.
Updated - Apr 27, 2021 9:28 pm
On Sunday, April 25, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were dealt with a massive blow as it was learned that the Australian pacer Kane Richardson along with the spinner Adam Zampa has pulled out their names from the ongoing 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The two left RCB’s bio bubble in Mumbai citing personal reasons and shifted to another hotel near the airport to travel back to Australia.
In the latest development, the Bangalore outfit named Scott Kuggeleijn as the replacement for Kane Richardson. Notably, Scott was present with Mumbai Indians in their bio-bubble as a reserve bowler. However, the Kiwi pacer will now be joining the RCB camp in Ahmedabad.
This also makes Scott the first player to get transferred in the IPL 2021 mid-season transfer window. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) opened the doors for mid-season transfer at 9 pm on April 26 and it will end on May 23. Meanwhile, there is no update on the replacement of the spinner Adam Zampa.
Scott Kuggeleijn made his debut for CSK in IPL
The New Zealand pacer Scott Kuggeleijn made his debut in the T20 Championship during the 2019 edition for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The right-arm seamer was signed by the Super Kings as a replacement for Lungi Ngidi. The 29-year-old featured in just two games in IPL 2019 and picked up two wickets at an economy rate of 8.88.
As far as the international career is concerned, Scott made his debut for New Zealand in May 2017 against Ireland. He has thus far represented the New Zealand cricket team in two ODIs and 16 T20Is. In two One Day Internationals, Scott has picked five wickets while he also has 13 T20I wickets under his belt at an economy rate of 4.14 and 9.07 respectively,
The inclusion of the Kiwi pacer in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad has opened a lot of doors for the Challengers. Scott can act as an able replacement for Daniel Sams or Kyle Jamieson. As far as the performance of the team is concerned, RCB is placed in the third position with four wins from five games.