The most successful team in the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians, may already be experiencing a difficult 2023 campaign as another key member of the team has entered the injury list.
With his back injury, Jasprit Bumrah was previously ruled out of the 2023 season. Now, ESPNCricinfo has reported that MI will also be without the services of Aussie bowler Jhye Richardson.
Richardson was already ruled from the India ODI series. He has a hamstring issue and may take a while to recover; it is also uncertain whether he will play in the Ashes series against England.
Jhye Richardson, an Australian fast bowler, was bought by the Mumbai Indians for Rs 1.5 crore. Richardson has played a total of three IPL games and claimed three wickets.
He has taken 11 wickets in three Test matches for Australia, 27 in 15 ODIs, and 19 in 18 T20 games. As Richardson was ruled out of IPL 2023, check 3 top picks for Mumbai Indians as his replacement.
Chris Jordan is likely to replace Jhye Richardson
The first potential bowler to step in for Jhye Richardson in the IPL 2023 is Chris Jordan. In the shortest version, the England pacer is a regular pacer for England. He also took two wickets in four games for Chennai Super Kings during the previous season.
At the IPL auction 2023, he set his base price for Rs. 2 crores but went unsold. He might be a death-over specialist who can take Jhye Richardson’s place in the MI team.
Riley Meredith can be named as Richardson’s replacement
Riley Meredith could be the ideal replacement for Jhye Richardson. Meredith played for MI last season and had decent ball-handling skills when given the chance.
The bowler has skills similar to those of Richardson, and his speed can be useful for the team on the Wankhede surface.
Meredith has participated in 13 IPL games, taking 12 wickets. However, he remained unsold at the IPL 2023 auction and is likely to replace Richardson.
Tom Curran can replace Jhye Richardson
Surprisingly, Tom Curran, who had a base price of INR 75 lakh, wasn’t bought at the IPL auction. MI can target Curran, a well-known figure who specializes in death-overs, to take Jhye Richardson’s place.
Curran, a decent batsman, and specialist in the final overs has played in 13 IPL games for three different teams and has taken 13 wickets.
Mumbai Indians full squad for IPL 2023
Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Dewald Brevis, Tilak Varma, Jofra Archer, Tim David, Mohd Arshad Khan, Ramandeep Singh, Hrithik Shokeen, Arjun Tendulkar, Tristan Stubbs, Kumar Kartikeya, Jason Behrendorff, Akash Madhwal, Cameron Green, Piyush Chawla, Duan Jansen, Vishnu Vinod, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Raghav Goyal
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