IPL 2021: The second leg of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 19 September. Looking at the pitches of UAE, Kolkata Knight Riders has made a change in their team. Actually, KKR has signed a deal with New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee for the remaining matches of IPL 2021. The franchise official confirmed this.
According to the report of cricket website Cricbuzz, Tim Southee has been brought in the second leg of IPL 2021 in place of Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, who has been removed from this season due to personal reasons. Southee was involved in the IPL for six years. But he was not bought by any team in the IPL 2020 auction, and then he played for Royal Challenger Bangalore in the IPL 2019 season.
Southee has also played for Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in IPL. In 40 matches of IPL, he has taken 28 wickets at an economy rate of 8.47. “Southey is a strong player and has been a regular feature of the New Zealand team. In the UAE environment, we expect him to be effective,” the KKR official said.
Let us tell you that Southee is the third player from New Zealand who is associated with KKR. Southee can prove to be effective on UAE pitches. He is adept at swinging the ball on both sides of the wicket. And the pitches of UAE can prove to be favorable for them.