New Zealand coach Scott Kuggeleijn, who had recently joined Mumbai Indians (MI) as a reserve player for the current 2021 IPL, has been named Kane Richardson’s replacement by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), for the rest of the tournament. .
It comes after Kane Richardson, along with compatriot Adam Zampa, both Australians, decided to withdraw from the ongoing IPL 14 citing personal reasons and concerns about the severe second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India. and will return home soon.
Besides Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa, another Australian Andre Tye, who was part of the Rajasthan Royals (RR), and the English rookie of RR Liam Livingstone, has also withdrawn from the IPL 2021 tournament and Livingstone has already returned to the UK. .
Ravichandran Ashwin became the first Indian player to withdraw from IPL 2021, saying he was taking a break from the tournament to be with his family and support them in the fight against COVID-19. He has kept the door open for a comeback if things improve.
Scott Kuggeleijn joins the RCB team as Kane Richardson’s replacement:
Kuggeleijn has experience playing in the Indian Premier League, in 2019 the New Zealand all-rounder was part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) side and managed to play 2 games and also picked up two wickets. News of Kuggeleijn joining the RCB camp as a replacement for Kane Richardson has been confirmed by ESPNCricinfo.com.
Scott Kuggeleijn played 2 ODIs and 16 T20Is for New Zealand after making his Blackcaps debut in 2017. He has 5 ODI wickets and 13 T20I wickets to his name. Apart from that, Kuggeleijn has played 83 FC games, 83 A list games and 120 T20 games, choosing 266, 126 and 118 wickets respectively.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will host Kuggeleijn, known to be a capable death-over bowler with variations in his quiver. RCB lost his first game in the 2021 IPL, when he was humiliated by 69 races of the Chennai Super Kings on April 25 in Mumbai. Prior to that, RCB had won his first 4 consecutive matches, the first time he had achieved the feat in IPL history.