After months of speculation, we finally have the second phase of the Indian T20 League ready to commence, but the availability of certain players seems to be the biggest concern for the franchises. Some teams have already roped in players like Wanindu Hasaranga or Nathan Ellis as the replacements for the players who are unavailable for this second leg, while other teams are waiting on some players to confirm their availability before they name a replacement.
In this piece, we are looking at all the players who have been officially named as replacements till now for this second leg starting September 19.
The Virat Kohli-led side seems to be affected most by the tournament being delayed. Not only did they lose some key players, but they also lost their coach Simon Katich who stepped down recently. The New Zealand pair of Finn Allen and Scott Kuggeleijn has been named for the tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan hence they will miss out on the rest of the competition. The Australian trio of Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams have all pulled out from the competition so the team is in the hunt for potentially five replacements. So far the franchise has confirmed these three:
Wanindu Hasaranga was the top performer from the recently-concluded series between Sri Lanka and India. No wonder Team Bangalore secured his signature. The mystery spinner is a handy batter as well in the lower order and can be expected to play a crucial role in the second phase of the competition in the red and gold of Bangalore.
Team Bangalore were on the lookout for an overseas fast bowler and seems like they have got their man. Sri Lanka’s new-ball bowler Dushmantha Chameera has been named as a replacement after his impressive performance against India in the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka.
The surprise inclusion in this list is the hard-hitting batter from Singapore, Tim David. He has played in 14 T20Is and has started to make a name for himself in T20 leagues around the world.
The team has completed their set of overseas players with the signing of George Garton, the Sussex left-arm quick bowler who can also bat a bit. Garton will replace Australia’s Kane Richardson. He was mighty impressive in the recently-concluded tournament, The Hundred as well.
Team Rajasthan who have packed their lineup with an English core in the recent few years, suddenly find themselves without three of their best overseas players in Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. Here are the players who have come in as replacements.
They have named, Kiwi wicketkeeper-batter Glen Phillips as the replacement of Buttler. He has played 25 T20Is for his country and has participated in the CPL as well. He has also had stints in England’s Vitality Blast as well as the Hundred.
Team Rajasthan have also roped in the world number one T20I bowler, Tabraiz Shamsi. This will be the second stint in the Indian T20 League for the South African after an unsuccessful one with Team Bangalore a few years back.
Team Kolkata have also been rocked by this delay as their star bowler, Pat Cummins has pulled out of this second leg in the UAE. However, they have quickly got onboard another world class bowler.
Kolkata have found the highest wicket-taker in T20Is, Tim Southee who will spearhead the attack alongside his countryman, Lockie Ferguson, for the Knights in the second phase of the 2021 season.
With two of their top picks from the auction, Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith unlikely to return for this second leg, Team Punjab have found apt replacements.
As a cover for Richardson, Team Punjab have found Adil Rashid as a more than handy replacement. Rashid has been a key part of a very successful English white-ball set-up and would relish the opportunity to work alongside coach Anil Kumble.
Punjab have gone in for the Aussie quick Nathan Ellis. The pacer recently made his international debut in the series in Bangladesh and picked up a hattrick in his maiden outing.
Teams like Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi are in much more comfortable positions as all their players are set to return to the UAE for the second phase of the Indian T20 League 2021.