Kolkata Knight Riders find themselves in the middle of the points table with two wins and equal losses. Their game plan and tactics have been criticized in these four games and now they have received another bad news. Ali Khan, their newly recruited pace bowler has been suffering from injury and there are chances that he might miss the tournament.
The Pakistani-born USA speedster came in as a replacement for Harry Gurney, who was also ruled out due to an injury. Khan was the first USA player to be signed by the cash-rich league. However, he himself has suffered a shoulder injury without playing any match in the tournament.
KKR have several options in their bowling artillery which is led by Pat Cummins. However, they are struggling with their death bowling as they do not have any death specialist in their line-up. If KKR goes for a replacement for Ali Khan, they would look to recruit a reliable white-ball bowler who can excel in death overs.
Here are the three possible replacements for Ali Khan in IPL 2020:
1. Tim Southee
Tim Southee is one of the most reliable and experienced bowlers in international cricket. The Trent Boult and Tim Southee duo is a vital cog in the New Zealand team. He has played in IPL before and has been associated with RCB and MI.
One of the factors that could go in the 31-year-old’s favour is the immense experience that the pacer possesses. He has played 70 T20Is and 40 IPL games so far. He will bring in the much-needed experience that could be extremely valuable for KKR considering their mixed performance in the first four games.
If KKR opts for Southee as the replacement, their death bowling issues can be solved as Southee is New Zealand’s key death bowler. Also, Pat Cummins and he can form a formidable pair with the new ball as Southee has the ability to swing the ball the initial overs.
2. Liam Plunkett
Liam Plunkett is the typical white-ball bowler from England. He has a fair amount of experience in international cricket but he has played only seven games in the IPL. Plunkett was one of the vital members of the England team that won the World Cup in 2019.
He is renowned as a hit-the-deck bowler and his ability to pick important wickets in the middle overs and the death makes him one of the most valuable bowlers. He was signed by Delhi Capitals in 2018 but he didn’t perform as per the expectations as he picked up only four wickets in seven games.
If KKR signs the experienced Englishman as the replacement for Ali Khan, he can solve their slog overs woes. Also, if he takes wickets in the middle overs, there won’t be any set batsmen at the death and that could go in KKR’s favour. However, the pacer is 35-year-old and his age is the only factor that could go against him.
3. Mustafizur Rahman
Before Ali Khan’s name was announced, Mustafizur Rahman’s name was going around in the cricket circuit as the possible replacement for Gurney. However, Bangladesh Cricket Board didn’t give him the permission to feature in IPL as Bangladesh’s team was expected to tour Sri Lanka. The tour has been postponed now and Mustafizur is now available to play in the cash-rich league.
The left-arm pacer is a renowned bowler in the world for his excellent control over the ball and the variations that he possesses. He could be a perfect solution for KKR’s bowling issues as his cutters can be extremely productive on UAE pitches.
If KKR opts for him as the replacement, he will bring in the variety of left-arm pace as well. He has previously played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians and grabbed 24 wickets in 24 games at an economy of 7.5.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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