The BCCI has recently announced that the remaining 31 matches of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in the UAE. Due to the busy cricket schedule, the England Cricket Board has said that its players will not be participating in the second phase of the IPL.
In such a situation, Chennai Super Kings will be eyeing to find an apt replacement for their young all-rounder, Sam Curran. In the first phase of the IPL, Sam Curran had amassed 52 runs in the 7 games at a strike rate of more than 170, he has also taken 9 wickets at an average of less than 25.
Here are three possible replacements for him in the second phase of the IPL 2021:
Australia’s all-rounder James Faulkner is currently earning a lot of limelight due to his all-around performance in PSL. James Faulkner can prove to be a better option for MS Dhoni’s team as a replacement for Sam Curran. James Faulkner has so far scored 527 runs in 60 IPL matches with a strike rate of 135.82 and he has also sclaped 59 wickets.
Colin de Grandhomme
New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme seems to be the perfect substitute for Sam Curran. Colin de Grandhomme can prove to be useful for CSK with both the ball and the bat. He has played 25 matches in IPL so far in which he has scored 303 runs at a strike rate of 134.67. At the same time, he also has 6 wickets to his name.
Thisara Perera, Sri Lanka’s all-rounder is known for hitting long sixes. He can also prove useful for CSK with the ball. Perera has played 37 matches in the IPL so far in which he has scored 422 runs at a strike rate of 137.46. At the same time, he also has 31 wickets under his belt.