There is a saying that one man’s pain is some other man’s gain. This saying proved right in the IPL 2018 once again. Some are surprised to see that some famous players were left unsold in the auctions but are going to step into the shoes of injured players. This year, the big guns like Steve Smith, David Warner, and Nathan Coulter-Niel missed out the tournament due to a variety of reasons. However, they will be replaced by other players who were good performers in the earlier seasons.
- Mitchell McClenaghan(Mumbai Indians)
Mitchell McClenaghan was left unsold in the auctions of IPL 2018. He is going to replace Jason Behrendorff, the Australian cricketer. Mc Clenaghan, the Kiwi bowler is about to substitute Jason Behrendorff who was ruled out of the tournament due to the back injury. He picked 19 wickets from 14 IPL matches. This New Zealand speedster played for the team thrice but was left unsold in the auctions earlier. He managed to return to the team for a deal of Rs.1 crore.
- Alex Hales(Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Hales was retained for the base price of Rs.1 crore to replace the skipper David Warner on account of ball tampering allegations. Alex Hales was picked by the franchise from Registered and Available Player Pool(RAPP) list. This English opener made his debut in IPL for Mumbai Indians in 2015.
The franchise took this decision after the announcement of BCCI regarding the ban on Steve Smith and David Warner adhering to ball tampering allegations for 12 months.
- Corey Anderson(Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Corey Anderson was named as the replacement for Nathan Coulter-Niel to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore. This all-rounder played 27 IPL matches and has 521 runs and 8 wickets in his belt.
Regarding this news, the IPL advisory committee member said that“The IPL Technical Committee has approved a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile – fast bowler from Australia – in the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad.”
Nathan Coulter-Niel was out of the tournament due to injury woes. He is the fifth Australian to miss out the upcoming IPL due to a variety of reasons.