Indian fast bowler, Ishant Sharma picked up an injury during India’s tour of New Zealand 2020. This ruled him out of the second Test match of the series and also, the first phase of IPL 2020. This is a major blow for Delhi Capitals because earlier their South African pace bowler, Kagiso Rabada suffered an injury and now, Sharma has joined him in the list of injured players.
The right-arm fast bowler is expected to recover soon and be available for the second half of the tournament, however, given how injury-prone the Indian players have become recently, it might be possible that the BCCI orders better treatment of Ishant’s injury which would rule him out of the entire IPL season. The Delhi-based pacer had a fantastic outing in the 2019 edition of the IPL as he was one of the vital cogs of the Delhi Capitals pace bowling attack.
In case he fails to make it to IPL 2020, here are the three players who can replace him in the Delhi Capitals team:
1. Kulwant Khejroliya
Delhi Capitals will have to sign an Indian player as Ishant Sharma’s replacement and as they have a very strong batting lineup, the team management will try to rope in an Indian fast bowler. While not many good options are present in the list of unsold players, the one player whom Delhi may love to sign is the left-arm seam bowler from Jhunjhunu– Kulwant Khejroliya.
The left-arm pacer has been a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in the past. Besides, he represents Delhi at the domestic level so, he would have good knowledge about the track at Feroz Shah Kotla.
A left-arm Indian bowling option will bring variety to the Delhi pace attack which has right-arm fast bowlers like Chris Woakes, Marcus Stoinis, Mohit Sharma and Avesh Khan. Hence, Delhi may be interested in signing Kulwant Khejroliya.
2. Barinder Sran
Another Indian left-arm fast bowling option present in the list of unsold players is the former Mumbai Indians player, Barinder Sran. The former Indian international has played for multiple IPL franchises in the past however, he could not settle himself in one team. The Sirsa-born player has played 48 T20 matches in his entire career.
In those 48 games, the 27-year-old has bowled in all the innings, picking up 46 wickets with his best figures being 4/10. Speaking of his international experience, Sran featured in two T20I matches for India where he scalped 6 wickets yet he was dropped from the team.
With the T20 World Cup 2020 approaching soon, India need a decent left-arm pace bowler so, Delhi Capitals should try to sign Sran because he will look forward to this IPL season as an opportunity to return to international cricket and play his best cricket.
3. Rahul Shukla
The right-arm fast bowler from Jharkhand, Rahul Shukla had grabbed the attention of the fans with his magnificent performances for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. The 29-year-old was also a part of the Delhi-based franchise in the IPL when it was known as Delhi Daredevils. He has been absent from the last few seasons but can make a comeback if Delhi sign him as a replacement.
He was recently playing for Jharkhand in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy while he has played a total of 47 T20 matches in his career. The right-arm pacer has scalped 52 wickets in those matches which indicates that he is wicket-taker who can destroy the opposition batting lineup with his pace.
Shukla has three four-wicket hauls and one five-wicket haul to his name in T20 cricket. Thus, he could be a good backup option for the Delhi Capitals pace bowling attack. Hence, these are the players Delhi Capitals can sign as Ishant Sharma’s replacement if the pacer fails to recover from his injury.
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