IPL 2021: Pat Cummins replaced by Tim Southee for Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders would be without pacer Pat Cummins, who has pulled out citing bubble fatigue, while New Zealand pacer Tim Southee has been roped in as his replacement.
The series of replacements in the Indian Premier League 2021 continues, as former champion Kolkata Knight Riders has made one. With Australian pacer Pat Cummins missing out due to bubble fatigue, New Zealand pacer Tim Southee would be replacing him for the season-remainder in the United Arab Emirates, reports Cricbuzz.
Southee happens to be a great addition and acquisition by KKR, as the Kiwi is currently the third-highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals, having claimed 99 wickets in 83 matches at an economy of 8.39. In T20s, he has 224 scalps to his name from 201 at 8.30.
However, it is unclear if Southee would get the nod ahead of his Kiwi teammate Lockie Ferguson. Although the latter is currently recovering from COVID-19, he is expected to recover on time and make it to the playing XI.
It won't be Southee's maiden stint in the IPL, as he happens to be a veteran in the tournament, playing since 2011. KKR would be his fourth team in the competition to date, having earlier played for Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
He would now unite with his fellow former countryman and KKR head coach Brendon McCullum. Overall, in the IPL, Southee's figures read 28 in 40 at 8.74.
Cummins has had two stints with KKR, while his current term has been highly effective. To date, he has claimed 38 in 37 at 8.24. He expects to keep himself fresh ahead of the upcoming ICC World T20, set to be played from October in UAE and Oman.
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