Kolkata Knight Riders replace Andre Russell with Colin de Grandhomme
Kolkata Knight Riders have announced New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme as the replacement for West Indies' Andre Russell for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Russell is currently serving a one-year ban for a doping-code violation and is set to miss the 10th edition of the tournament.
De Grandhomme is a prominent member of the New Zealand squad in all three formats and has played 100 Twenty20 games and has an astonishing strike-rate of 171 with an average of 26. His performances for Auckland Aces in McDonald’s Supersmash T20 where he scored 139 runs from four games at a strike-rate of 220 helped him grab a place in the national team.
The 30-year-old was initially unsold in auction but now joins his countrymen Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson in the tournament.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir believes Russell's absence will provide an opportunity for de Grandhomme to showcase his talent.
"Either we can see Russell's absence as a challenge or look at it as an opportunity in bold letters," Gambhir told PTI.
"I as an individual, and KKR as a group, are looking it as an opportunity."
Kolkata Knight Riders will kick start their campaign with a clash against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on 7th April.
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