As the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League is just a couple of days away, all teams are busy in the last minute preparation and finding out the right combination. This year, loads of superstars are going to miss the cricket carnival, due to injury or for their commitment towards their country. Players like Ravichandran Ashwin, K L Rahul, and Quinton De Kock has already been ruled out of the IPL 2017, and the Caribbean superstar Andre Russell has also joined the prolonged list. The mighty West Indian all-rounder who is famous for his power hitting, death bowling, and the mohawk; has been suspended from any form of international cricket for one year due to the violation of whereabouts clause pertaining anti-doping rules. And to fill his boot, Kolkata Knight Riders, the franchise for whom Russell used to play in the IPL, has roped in Colin de Grandhomme.
Colin de Grandhomme, the Kiwi all-rounder made his debut for his country last year, came under the spotlight when he put a brilliant match-winning performance in his test debut against Pakistan at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch, last year November. The 30-year old Zimbabwe-born all-rounder was also adjudged as the man of the match in that test match and became the only fourth Kiwi player to be honored as the player of the match in his debut test match.
Famous for his fiery spells with the red cherry, Grandhomme can easily clock 140km/h with the ball in his hand, as well as can flex his muscles with the bat when needed. Since his debut, Grandhomme played five more test matches as well as nine One-Day Internationals and eight T20 Internationals.
So now it’s interesting to see whether Grandhomme will be able to replace the flamboyant Russell, who was a key member of the KKR team management for the last couple of years and helped his side to win matches single-handedly either by his bowling prowess or batting abilities. When the journalists asked the senior pro of the Kolkata Knight Riders team, Yusuf Pathan about the absence of Russell, the Baroda-born superstar said that Russell’s “positive impact” and “lively presence” on and off the field will be missed but the Kolkata-based franchise has enough variety in their arsenal to replace him and the team will look forward to clinching the coveted trophy for the third time with the players available in the roster.
KKR will start their campaign against Gujarat Lions on 7th April at Rajkot.