Pacers who could replace Pat Cummins in Kolkata Knight Riders
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One of the best fast-bowlers at the moment – Australia’s Pat Cummins – will not return to the Dubai leg of the Indian Premier League 2021.

The right-arm pacer represented Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s tournament that occurred in India but has now excused from returning to the season after it was brought to an abrupt halt due to the worsening coronavirus situation in India.

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A news report of the Sydney Morning Herald stated: “Cummins, despite a multi-million dollar IPL contract, has already said he will not return to the T20 tournament this season.”

It is believed that Cummins made this decision considering Australia’s busy cricket calendar and the back-to-back hotel isolation periods that take a toll on the mental health of players.

The bowling all-rounder claimed nine scalps to his name in seven games and also scored a blistering fifty.

The KKR were already languishing at the lower half of the IPL points table. They have only won once in seven outings this season and the departure of their key pace spearhead will only worsen their campaign if they don’t find a replacement soon.

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Here are the two players that KKR should be looking to add to their bowling cartel in Cummins’ absence:

1. Sheldon Cottrell

Sheldon Cottrell has pace, grit and the nerve to make it big in the most expensive cricket league in the world. The Caribbean fast-bowler has ample experience of the IPL too.

He picked up six wickets for Punjab Kings in the 2020 campaign and could achieve similar feats for the Riders in the remainder of the season.

The left-arm pacer has been impressive with good pace and swing in the white-ball cricket for West Indies. His overs in the powerplay can be a game-changer for KKR if they sign him in the replacement draft.

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With the absence of a left-arm quick in KKR’s ranks, Cottrel will also introduce a variety to the Riders’ bowling attack.

2. Varun Aaron

Varun Aaron is the second-best option for the Riders to get another experienced T20 campaigner on their side. The likes of Andre Russell and Cummins have gone for a lot of runs in the 2021 season in death overs and this where either Aaron or Cottrel can chip in.

What makes Aaron a good choice for the Riders is his fiery pace, accompanied by vicious bouncers and yorkers. makes him a potent weapon. The Indian star has notched 42 wickets in the 50 IPL matches he has played.

Other than him, New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson could be KKR’s go-to guy. The Kiwi pacer has been warming the bench this season and he could prove his worth in the remainder of the lucrative league.

Ferguson is known for his fiery spells at the death that is heavily dependant on yorkers, something that makes him a great T20 asset for the modern era.

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Shayan is a Pakistan-based sports blogger with over three years of experience in journalism and sub-editing of sports-related pieces.

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