Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera in RCB for IPL 2021

Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera in RCB for IPL 2021

Sri Lankan Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera and Australia's Singapore-born Tim David have joined RCB for the second part of 2021 IPL.

While those are additions, some players will be missing too: Finn Allen and Scott Kuggeleijn from New Zealand, and Daniel Sams, and Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson of Australia,

That aside, there's been a change in top among the coaching staff. Simon Katich stepped down from his position as head coach. Mike Hesson, the director of cricket operations, took on the additional responsibility of filling in for the head coach position.

"Some significant changes in our playing 11 squads, from an overseas point of view, due unavailability of a player and, indeed, a reshaping of our overseas group," Hesson explained in interaction with the press on Saturday. "Scott Kuggeleijn and Finn Allen have been selecting for tours of New Zealand, and they will not be a part of the squad.

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Kane Richardson has made himself unavailable for IPL, as has Daniel Sams, so the balance of our squad has changed dramatically. So we have gone about purchasing the replacement window, which will open four or five days back. A lot of preparation and time has gone into it."

Hasaranga coming is the big news on that front.

The 24-year-old leg spin-bowling allrounder has been making heads turn in current times and undoubtedly made an impression, mainly with the ball, when India tour to Sri Lanka in July for limited-overs series,

The three-for in second ODI and seven wickets - include a 4 for 9 to top bowling charts in three T20. At the end of the series, Hasaranga was placed second among T20I bowlers in ICC ranking.

Hesson said.

"One thing we have to say is we have to replaced Wanindu Hasaranga with Adam Zampa. Surely delighted to have Hasaranga in team,"

"He gives will us some balance, obviously from a wristspin point of view and also plenty of batting capability."

Chameera has been among the wickets in the second coming of sorts in Intl cricket, with several gates in England in June and then against India at home.

As for David, apart from being among runs in the Big Bash League, he had a good feel of conditions in the subcontinent during his time with Lahore Qalandars, scored 180 runs at 45 an average, and a strike rate of 166.66 in PSL 2021.

"Chameera, another [from] the Sri Lankan contingent, is bowling extremely well at the moment. I know him well, having coached against him. He's got genuine pace, and also his white-ball game has developed significantly over the last few years," Hesson said. "With Finn Allen leaving, we have decided to strengthen our middle-order possibilities, in terms of options, so Tim David has joined our squad.

"He is currently part of Southern Brave in the Hundred competition. He has performed for Surrey and Hobart Hurricanes in recent times - a power player who could become a straight swap for either Maxwell or AB if required also gives us other options throughout the order.

"We also have one [more] spot to fill, which we will be looking to do in the coming days. Yeah, it's been a busy period of time to be able to get that squad together, but delighted with the group we've got. Wanindu, Chameera and Tim David are certainly some high-quality players that will add to the likes of AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson and Daniel Christian. So that's seven of our eight overseas contingent."

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