The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have bagged senior New Zealand pacer Tim Southee for the remainder of IPL 2021 as a replacement for Australian pacer Pat Cummins.
Cummins earlier pulled out of the entire second leg of IPL 2021 prioritizing spending time with his family. He had stated that the quarantine period owing to Covid-19 has been really tough on the mental health of the players. His first child is also due amid the reschedule tournament after it was shelved midway earlier this year due to the pandemic.
Upon signing Tim Southee, Brendon McCullum, Head Coach of KKR said, “We are delighted to have Southee in our ranks. He is a proven match-winner and welcome addition to the already strong pace attack of KKR. With Cummins being unavailable we wanted to add experience and leadership to our bowling group and Southee is the ideal man for the job.”
The Black Caps seamer brings with himself a rich experience having played in 305 international games for the Kiwis with 603 wickets under his belt. He is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20 cricket and will give a major boost to the team with his skills. It will be his third team of IPL after representing the Rajasthan Royals, the Chennai Super Kings, the Mumbai Indians, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous seasons of the IPL.
While the tournament resumes on September 19 in the UAE, the KKR resume their campaign on September 20 with a clash against the RCB at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. They are currently languishing at the seventh spot in the IPL points table.
IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals full schedule for the UAE leg
|Match No.||Day||Date||Time (IST)||Match||Venue|
|31||Monday||20-Sep-21||07:30 PM||KKR vs RCB||Abu Dhabi|
|34||Thursday||23-Sep-21||07:30 PM||MI vs KKR||Abu Dhabi|
|38||Sunday||26-Sep-21||03:30 PM||CSK vs KKR||Abu Dhabi|
|41||Tuesday||28-Sep-21||03:30 PM||KKR vs DC||Sharjah|
|45||Friday||01-Oct-21||07:30 PM||KKR vs PBKS||Dubai|
|49||Sunday||03-Oct-21||07:30 PM||KKR vs SRH||Dubai|
|54||Thursday||07-Oct-21||07:30 PM||KKR vs RR||Sharjah|