IPL 2017 news April 4, 2017

Kings XI replace injured Vijay with Ishant

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ishant Sharma will get a chance to represent his fifth IPL franchise © BCCI

India fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who went unsold at the auction in February, has been picked by Kings XI Punjab as a late purchase one day before the start of the tournament. Virender Sehwag, Kings XI's head of cricket operations, confirmed Ishant was a replacement for batsman M Vijay, who will miss the IPL because of wrist and shoulder injuries that he played with for a better part of India's long home season.*

Kings XI play their first match on April 8, against Rising Pune Supergiant, the franchise Ishant represented last season.

"I share a strong bond with Ishant Sharma as he played under my captaincy in the Ranji Trophy and later in the India team. His addition will most definitely strengthen our squad," Sehwag stated in a release.

Kings XI's pace attack already comprises Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Varun Aaron, Anureet Singh, Matt Henry and T Natarajan, who was bought for INR 3 crore at the auction.

Ishant played four IPL matches last year, taking three wickets at an average of 49.33 and an unimpressive economy rate of 9.86. He struck with his first ball last IPL - trapping Rohit Sharma lbw - but could not maintain the form later on, leaking runs in every match he played. Overall, Ishant has previously represented four franchises so far - Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Supergiant. In terms of wickets, his best season was 2013 in which he played 16 matches for Sunrisers and collected 15 wickets with an economy rate of 7.81.

*7.50GMT, April 5: M Vijay's injury update has been added.

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  • virura81 on April 7, 2017, 3:46 GMT

    this is the textbook definition of 'shooting yourself in the foot'

  • cricketswiftie on April 6, 2017, 13:14 GMT

    KXIP are really eager to have a hattrick of last place finishes

  • gibbzy on April 6, 2017, 5:21 GMT

    how is ISHANT shoring up the bowling??????? its like giving the opposition extra incentive to slam a decent attack (ex Ishant).a bowler who doesnt command an outright place in the National side cuz if Shami, yadav, bhuvi are all fir n firing, Ishant has no place, is being called a strengthening piece in the Jigsaw? Irfan Parthan wud have been a way better additions compared to Ishant. GOD help KXIP

  • cricketisbest on April 5, 2017, 21:12 GMT

    KXIP should open with Stoinis as one of the batsman just like Melbourne Stars in the BBL. It will make KXIP batting order longer with manan vohra as his partner, saha at number 3 and morgan ,maxwell, miller, gurkeerat to follow. also they can play with some flexibility which is missing due to some poor buys thanks to sehwag, I mean no genuine allrounder was picked in auction.

  • i_amVIVA on April 5, 2017, 17:56 GMT

    KXIP picked unsold left over material, that they should've got free!!! Wonder how much it cost them???

  • CricketChat on April 5, 2017, 17:43 GMT

    After this signing, I have no hesitation to say Kings XI will finish last. Kings XI chances went down 50% straight away when they signed Shewag. It was emotion over logic kind of decision. Sunrisers, for whom Sharma played many seasons and Rising Pune Supergiants are no fools to dump him and no one else wanted to buy him this season, including Kings XI. Starting with hiring Shewag, retaining Vijay (until he thankfully withdrew, for whatever the reason), making Maxwell as skipper and now, picking Ishant that NO ONE wanted in the regular auction, Kings XI continue to make self-destructive decisions that will for sure bite them. We all will see soon.

  • cricfan09356983 on April 5, 2017, 14:27 GMT

    with due respect i wouldn't rate sehwag as someone tactically good enough who can forge a match winning combination..their squad looks full of inconsistent players..some are sure match winners but they'll do that in a blue moon..Sehwag was a man of his own mind (reckless) in his playing days which would not work here at team management or coaching..KXIP should hire better management but will also need an overhaul of squad to bring a change to their average history in ipl

  • StarHawk on April 5, 2017, 13:55 GMT

    KXIP does not need a batsman to replace Vijay. They have Maxi, Miller, Morgan and Stoinis as their 4 main players. If anybody is out of form/injured, they can be replaced with Amla, Guptill, or Sammy. So, batting is not a concern at all.

    They've shored up the seam bowling department. Even though its strong already, the likes of Aaron and Sandeep are injury prone. Mohit is inconsistent, and Natarajan is an unknown commodity in IPL. So, the experience of Ishant wouldn't hurt.

    Yes, they could've gone for a spinner. But, they're putting trust in Axar, Cariappa, Sahu and Swapnil Singh. They also have the part time option of Maxi and Gurkeerat.

    So its definitely not as bad a move as some people over here as making it seem to be.

  • Oldtimer01 on April 5, 2017, 12:58 GMT

    Our good old friend Gaurav Sethi once again defending a Delhi player. I myself consider Ishant to have been a good performer, albeit for a short span of time, but to say he is better than Steyn is ridiculous. Just proves my point in earlier comments about the delhi fan lobby vociferously supporting their own non performers.

  • Oldtimer01 on April 5, 2017, 12:52 GMT

    Just to put matters in perspective, Ishant Shamra was a good fast bowler early in his career and had his moments. Unfortunately - for both Ishant and the Indian team - these moments were few and far in between and he did not improve with time. On a separate note - it was the same with Ashish Nehra, who had quite a few good performances at the beginning of his career but sadly couldnt sustain the momentum.

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