Shreyas Iyer Replacement: With Shreyas Iyer set to undergo back surgery, Kolkata Knight Riders have begun search for a replacement. The KKR captain is set to miss 5 to 6 months of cricket. This means he will not be able to participate in the upcoming IPL 2023 and ICC World Test Championship final vs Australia. However, KKR do not have many able options to replace their dashing captain who hit form. But someone like experienced Karun Nair or former Knight Baba Indrajith could be a good option. As for captaincy, Tim Southee is likely to lead the side in Iyer’s absence. Follow IPL 2023 Live Updates with Insidesport.IN
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🔴 Indian players missing the WTC final:
👉 Rishabh Pant – Knee injury
👉 Jasprit Bumrah – Back injury
👉 Shreyas Iyer – Back injury*#WTCfinal pic.twitter.com/ea2SqJ4o17
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KKR will need to find a replacement for the right-handed batsman, who is a crucial part of the top order. Although it will be tough for the team to find Shreyas Iyer’s replacement, there are many players who went unsold in the IPL auction 2023 and can fill Iyer’s vacant spot in the KRR squad. Here we talk about 3 players who can replace Shreyas Iyer in the KKR squad.
IPL 2023: 3 Players Who Can Replace Shreyas Iyer In KKR Squad
Karun Nair is a player who can be picked to replace Shreyas Iyer in the KKR squad. Karun Nair had a base price of Rs. 50 lakh in IPL 2023 auction but wasn’t bought by any team. Nair has represented India in the past for a total of 6 Tests and 2 ODIs.
In his IPL career, he has played 76 matches in which he has scored 1171 runs at an average of 23.75. The right-handed batsman has made 10 fifties in his IPL career.
What goes against him is his poor run of form. He failed to shine in Gujarat Titans and even got dropped from Karnataka squads. However, the middle-order batter is raring for an opportunity and could be a success given a chance.
Priyam Garag was part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) squad in the IPL 2021 and didn’t get much to play. He was drafted into the team towards the end of the season and made most of the limited opportunity presented to him. He was released by SRH even though he scored a few half-centuries in the limited opportunities he got. With Iyer being ruled out, this young and aggressive batter could be a perfect fit for KKR.
Garg went unsold in the auction and can be a part of KKR squad. He has played a total 14 matches in his IPL career so far and has scored 133 runs at a strike rate of 119.81.
Despite good domestic form, Tamil Nadu batter Baba Indrajith failed to find any suitor in IPL 2023 Auction. He was part of the KKR squad last season but was released. However, with him being a wicketkeeper top-order batter, he would be in demand, especially with Delhi Capitals also looking for a replacement.
He has been a prolific run-getter for his team in the domestic circuit. Considered as the best player of spin in Tamil Nadu, the right-hander could be the perfect fit for the KKR in place of Iyer. He knows the players at KKR as well as the management and he could find a way back.
Indrajith can contribute with the bat and can keep wickets as well. With him bringing three dimensions along with him, he can be added as a replacement for Iyer. He has played just 3 IPL games, scoring 21 runs.
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