Kolkata Knight Riders named New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme as Andre Russell’s replacement for Indian Premier League (IPL) 10. The West Indian cricketer, who has been a match-winner for KKR, was ruled out of the tournament following his one-year ban.Also Read - PBKS vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction VIVO IPL 2021: Captain, Fantasy Playing Tips – Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Probable XIs For Today’s T20 Match 32 Dubai Stadium 7.30 PM IST Sept 21 Tuesday
Russell is currently suspended for violating a whereabouts clause under the anti-doping rules by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Now the KKR have roped in, what can be called as an ideal replacement, De Grandhomme. The Kiwi all-rounder can be effective with the new ball and is handy with the bat down the order as well. Also Check- Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 Schedule Also Read - IPL 2021 Points Table Today Latest After KKR vs RCB, Match 31: KKR Beat RCB to Claim 5th Position; Shikhar Dhawan, Harshal Patel Still in Lead in IPL Orange Cap, Purple Cap List
De Gandhomme, who was not picked at this year’s auction, had a base price of INR 30 lakhs. The all-rounder will be making his IPL debut. Here is more about KKR’s latest inclusion: Also Read - IPL 2021: Clinical Kolkata Knight Riders Outplay Royal Challengers Bangalore, Win by 9 Wickets
Born: De Gandhomme was born on 22 July 1986 in Harare, Zimbabwe and started playing cricket for Manicaland cricket team.
Zimbabwe career: De Grandhomme represented Zimbabwe at the 2004 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He has also played for Zimbabwe A and Zimbabwe Under-23 teams. In 2006, the all-rounder left Zimbabwe and moved to Auckland, New Zealand. Also Read- Colin de Grandhomme replaces banned Andre Russell in KKR squad for IPL 10
New Zealand debut: De Grandhomme made his T20I debut first for New Zealand in 2012 against his country of birth- Zimbabwe followed by an ODI call against South Africa the same year. However, the fast bowler played his first Test for New Zealand in 2016 against Pakistan.
Grand Test debut: Grandhomme announced his arrival on the Test stage in style. The pacer scalped 6/41 in first innings of the Test against Pakistan at Christchurch. He ended with match figures of 7/64.
Cricket in genes: His father Laurence de Grandhomme and great-uncle Bunny de Grandhomme both played for Zimbabwe before they gained Test status.
Having named de Grandhomme as Russell’s replacement, KKR camp will be hoping that the Kiwi all-rounder proves to be a capable match-winner.