The Indian T20 League is often described as the toughest cricket league in the world and the players who were named as replacements in this second leg are finding out how difficult it actually is to compete at this level. Some players like Evin Lewis, who have had a taste of the league before, seem to be up and running pretty quickly but the ones who are making their debut in the league are still finding their feet.
In this piece, we are looking at how these replacement players have fared so far for their respective teams in the league.
Players: Wanindu Hasaranga | George Garton | Tim David | Dushmantha Chameera
Team Bangalore named the most replacement players for this second leg given that most of the Australian contingent pulled out before the resumption of the league. These replacements hadn’t featured in any of the seasons before and their inexperience showed in every match. The team still hasn’t zeroed in on one standout player from this list. Wanindu Hasaranga was given a fair shot in the first two matches but the Sri Lanka mystery spinner failed to deliver. George Garton recently made his debut in the match against Team Rajasthan and went for plenty. Tim David was given just the one outing on a slow and low Sharjah wicket and was moved on. Dushmantha Chameera is still to feature for his new franchise.
Players: Nathan Ellis | Aiden Markram | Adil Rashid
Team Punjab would be the most satisfied with the way their replacement players have adapted to the new team. Nathan Ellis and Aiden Markram seem to be a mainstay in the team now. It was interesting to see Markram being chosen over the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle in the first game back. Adil Rashid was tried in one game but the English leggie had a difficult outing in his debut. Nathan Ellis has already delivered a couple of top-class performances with the ball in the death overs.
Players: Evin Lewis | Tabraiz Shamsi | Glenn Phillips
As mentioned earlier, this isn’t Evin Lewis’ first gig at the Indian T20 League and so far he has shown that he is ready for the biggest stage. Lewis was in wonderful form coming into this second leg and has carried his form in the league as well. Tabraiz Shamsi, the world number one T20I spinner has failed to impress so far in the league. Rajasthan have a dearth of quality spinners in the squad and one would have thought that Shamsi could make the spot his very own but so far he has disappointed. Kiwi wicketkeeper batter Glenn Phillips who is in great form hasn’t featured so far in this second leg.
Players: Tim Southee
Team Kolkata only made one change before the start of the season. They roped in New Zealand’s fast bowler Tim Southee for the unavailable Pat Cummins. Southee featured in the last match Team Kolkata played and helped his team get an inspiring win over Team Delhi. He was involved in an altercation with Ravichandran Ashwin that has spurred a wonderful debate on the spirit of the game on social media.