The champions of the inaugural edition, Rajasthan Royals, were cruising on back-to-back victories before Royal Challengers Bangalore halted their winning streak on Tuesday. In the Royals derby, Faf Du Plessis-led Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals and handed them their maiden defeat in the season. Now, a day after the Sanju Samson-led side suffered defeat, they received yet another jolt. Allrounder Nathan Coulter-Nile has been ruled out of the remaining season due to an injury he sustained in their opening encounter.
Notably, Coulter-Nile didn’t have the perfect start to the campaign as in the only game he played, he conceded 48-runs in three overs and bowled at an economy of 16.00 in that match. Australian all-rounder could only score just one run before Rajasthan won the game against Hyderabad. The information about Nile’s departure was notified via the Royals’ official Twitter handle as the franchise bid him farewell.
“Until we meet again, NCN. Speedy recovery,” caption was written with the tweet. Notably, the franchise secured Nile’s services for the current edition for Rs. 2 crores in the mega auctions, and his departure is undoubtedly a big blow for the franchise. As the Royals are yet to announce the replacement for Coulter-Nile, SportsTiger lists out three probable candidates who can replace the Australian allrounder for the remaining of the season.
1.) Ben Cutting:
Another Aussie allrounder who has a fair share of experience while performing in the Indian Premier League. The all-rounder has won many matches for five-time champions Mumbai Indians and the man who finished the final of IPL 2016 in favour of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Cutting has earlier represented IPL franchises like Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. He has played 21 IPL games and has scored 238 runs. He has picked 10 IPL wickets and last played an IPL game in the 2019 season. Ben Cutting came in IPL auctions with a base price of Rs. 75 Lakh, but could not attract any bid from the franchise. Now, Rajasthan Royals may turn around to their former player to fill in the shoes of a quality all-rounder.