IPL newsfile April 19, 2015

Would have been silly to bench Boult - Steyn

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dale Steyn: "I think bowling alongside Trent (Boult) would be amazing especially after the kind of World Cup that he has had." © BCCI

Dale Steyn, who had to sit out the first three games for Sunrisers Hyderabad in favour of Trent Boult, said the move made sense as the New Zealander had had an outstanding World Cup.

"Trent has just come out of a fantastic World Cup where he had 20-odd wickets," Steyn told iplt20.com. "He offers something different to the team being a left-arm swing bowler and we have got a bunch of right-arm bowlers in the side. So it is nice to have that difference. I have got no problems losing out on a place to Trent. He was the in-form bowler coming out of the World Cup and it would have been silly if he was the guy on the bench at the start of the IPL."

Steyn said that sharing the new ball with Boult in the IPL would be "amazing". "I think bowling alongside Trent would be amazing especially after the kind of World Cup that he has had. You kind of just feed off that energy. I am a player who enjoys playing with players that have got good energy about them. David Warner is another kind of guy who has just won the World Cup. It is great to play alongside him because you can just feel all the passion and the energy that he has especially after winning that World Cup."

Bipul Sharma replaces ill Laxmi Shukla

Sunrisers Hyderabad allrounder Laxmi Shukla has been ruled out of IPL 2015 with an illness. Bipul Sharma, the former Kings XI Punjab left-arm spinner, has been drafted in as his replacement. Bipul played 15 IPL games for Kings XI from 2010 to 2013 and took eight wickets at an economy-rate of 8.07. Overall, he has taken 44 wickets from 55 T20 matches at an economy-rate of 6.35.

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