Ahead of the start of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders have lost the services of their third pacer – Anrich Nortje. The South African hogged the limelight while playing for the Cape Town Blitz in the Mzansi Super League last year. He was later picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 20 lakh.
Nortje recently made his ODI debut during the series against Sri Lanka. He played four games, picking up five wickets. However, the Knight Riders fans will now have to wait for at least a year to see the rising Proteas bowler in action in the IPL. The two-time IPL champions had already lost the services of their young pacers Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti. The franchise later roped in KC Cariappa and Sandeep Warrier to replace Mavi and Nagarkoti respectively.
The Knight Riders now have only 20 players left in their squad. And they are likely to seek a replacement soon. So we take a look at three bowlers who could be roped in by the Kolkata Knight Riders:
1. Chris Jordan:
Chris Jordan recently impressed on the tour of Caribbean. He played a pivotal role in England’s historic whitewash of the reigning T20 world champions Windies. The allrounder’s bowling figures in the series read 2 for 16, 4 for 6 and 0 for 14 as he walked away with the Man of the Series award. He then helped Peshawar Zalmi make it to the final of the Pakistan Super League. Well, Jordan’s cunning variations, reliable bowling, handy batting and impressive fielding make him a perfect T20 player. The Knight Riders could definitely rope in the England allrounder who was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team that made it to the final of the IPL in 2016.
2. Corey Anderson:
While Corey Anderson’s career has not been panning out on an expected manner in the last couple of years, there is little denying that he has the talent to deliver at the highest stage of the game. Having played close to 150 T20s, he is also an experienced campaigner and can contribute with both bat and ball.
The hard-hitting allrounder also has ample experience of playing in the IPL, having plied his trade for Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
3. Kane Richardson:
Kane Richardson is in fine form at the moment. He starred with the ball for Melbourne Renegades in the recently-concluded season of Big Bash League. Richardson finished the season as the top wicket-taker, picking up 24 wickets to help his team win the coveted title by beating cross-city rivals Melbourne Stars in the final. With form on his side at the moment, Richardson can be a fine option for the Kolkata-based franchise. Richardson is also not new to playing in the league, having played 14 games so far. He, however, last played in the IPL in 2016.