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IPL 2020: 3 Players who can replace Chris Woakes at Delhi Capitals

Woakes pulled out of IPL 2020 to stay fresh for England home summer.

The Delhi Capitals were one of the favorites to lift the IPL trophy this year however, the team has been hit with some bad luck as three of its premier fast bowlers namely Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Woakes will not feature in the first half of the tournament. While Rabada and Sharma may join the team later, Woakes has confirmed that he will not be a part of IPL 2020. The English all-rounder was supposed to provide support to the other two pacers in this year’s IPL.

Delhi Capitals had bought him at a price of 1.5 Crores INR in the auction but given how he has opted out of the season, it is unlikely that any franchise would show interest in him going forward. Looking at the future now, Delhi’s team management will try to sign a replacement for Woakes and as per the rules of IPL, they can sign a player from the list of unsold players.

Here are the 3 players who can replace Chris Woakes at Delhi Capitals

1. Colin de Grandhomme

Since Chris Woakes could have contributed to the batting and bowling departments of Delhi Capitals, the backroom staff would look to sign a replacement having the same qualities. Woakes had even featured in the past seasons of IPL thus, the team management will try to get such a player on board who has earlier played in the IPL.

Colin de Grandhomme is one of the best all-rounders available in the pool of unsold players. The New Zealand player has been a part of Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past besides, he is in terrific form as well.

He played a whirlwind knock of 58 runs in the 3rd ODI of the recently concluded series against India. The 33-year-old has played a lot of T20 cricket as he has played 197 T20 games, amassing over 3,000 runs and picking up 66 wickets.

2. Adam Milne

Looking at the list of Delhi Capitals players who are currently injured, it would be a good decision to rope in an overseas fast bowler in the team. The reason behind that is the team has an all-rounder like Marcus Stoinis who possesses a similar type of talent like Chris Woakes. The Australian was in fantastic form during the Big Bash League hence, the team management can rely on him.

So, the issue is that Kagiso Rabada may not play for Delhi Capitals in the first few matches and the team does not have a replacement for him. The think tank can pull off a smart move by signing Adam Milne as Chris Woakes’ replacement and play him in place of Rabada.

The New Zealand fast bowler has been a part of two IPL franchises in the past. Although he is prone to injuries, Milne has played 96 T20 games in his career where he has picked up 116 wickets. His best figures of 5/11 show that he can wreak havoc once he gets going.

3. Ben Cutting

Former Sunrisers Hyderabad star, Ben Cutting is a popular name in India because of his heroics in the IPL 2016 final. The Australian player took the title away from Royal Challengers Bangalore with his blitzkrieg in the final overs. Unfortunately, Hyderabad did not retain him for the next seasons as Cutting found himself in the Mumbai Indians squad.

The presence of Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya in the team did not allow Cutting to showcase his talent at the Mumbai Indians. Hence, he was released by the team and no franchise showed interest in him at IPL Auction 2020.

Cutting could be a valuable addition to the batting department of Delhi Capitals which already has the likes of Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer and Shreyas Iyer. Also, he can make his presence felt with some vital overs in the middle.

Thus, these are the three players Delhi Capitals can sign as Chris Woakes’ replacement.

 

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Watch: Rishabh Pant slams back-to-back sixes in warm-up game against NZ XI

Mayank Agarwal (81 retired) and Rishabh Pant (70) had a field day as the three-day warm-up game between India and the New Zealand XI ended in a draw at Seddon Park on Sunday.
If the Indian pacers came out with a remarkable performance on the second day of the practice game, the batsmen had a good hit on the third day.
While Mayank and Pant shared a century partnership (134 runs) for the third wicket, Prithvi Shaw scored a quickfire 39 off 31 balls. Even Wriddhiman Saha didn’t do his reputation any harm as he hit an unbeaten 30 off 38 balls. But Shubman Gill couldn’t make much of the opportunity as he managed just 8.

Pant Smacked consecutive Sixes

The Indian batsmen came out from where they had left on Saturday and looked to put the foot on the accelerator, but Daryl Mitchell sent Shaw back after the opener managed to add just four runs to his overnight score. An attempted drive saw him miss the line and the timber was disturbed.
Gill disappointed as he was trapped right in front by Mitchell. With things suddenly not looking very good, the team management decided to give Pant a hit and the wicket-keeper obliged as he took the attack to the host bowlers. In fact, he brought up India’s 150 by hitting Ish Sodhi for two consecutive sixes.

Other Performances

While Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he picked up 3/17, Bumrah, Umesh and Saini picked two-two wickets each. Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped the remaining one wicket.
For New Zealand XI, Henry Cooper top scored with 40 while Rachin Ravindra and captain Daryl Mitchell contributed with 34 and 32 respectively.
In their first innings, India had been bundled out for 263 riding on Hanuma Vihari’s 101 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 93.
Brief Scores: India 263 all out and 252/4 (Mayank Agarwal 81 retired, Rishabh Pant 70); New Zealand 235 all out (Henry Cooper 40, Mohammed Shami 3/17)

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Virat Kohli loses his cool at umpire Bruce Oxenford

India and New Zealand are currently involved in an ODI game at Eden Park in Auckland. It is a do or die game for Virat Kohli and Co. as they are currently lagging in the three-match series by 1-0. In a high voltage game, Virat Kohli lost his cool on the umpire during the game due to his one of the on-field decisions. Even the fans also criticised the match official for the same.

Earlier, Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field. And, the bowlers to get early wickets, who were smacked for runs by the Kiwi openers. Martin Guptill (79) and Henry Nicholls (49) stitched an amazing partnership of 93 runs for the first wicket. Both the BlackCaps openers were playing at their helm best with no difficulty.

India and New Zealand are currently involved in an ODI game at Eden Park in Auckland. It is a do or die game for Virat Kohli and Co. as they are currently lagging in the three-match series by 1-0. In a high voltage game, Virat Kohli lost his cool on the umpire during the game due to his one of the on-field decisions. Even the fans also criticised the match official for the same.

Earlier, Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field. And, the bowlers to get early wickets, who were smacked for runs by the Kiwi openers. Martin Guptill (79) and Henry Nicholls (49) stitched an amazing partnership of 93 runs for the first wicket. Both the BlackCaps openers were playing at their helm best with no difficulty.