IPL 2017 – KKR ( Kolkata Knight Riders ) now moving with New Zealand allrounder Colin de Grandhomme as a replacement for Andre Russell, who is currently serving out a one-year ban for a doping-code violation.
De Grandhomme, a medium-pace bowler and a lower-order batsman, made his debut for New Zealand in February 2012.
Despite the reinforcement, Knight Riders would feel Russell’s absence. He was an important part of their title-winning run in 2014 and was Man of the Tournament in 2015.
“We are not on the back foot,” the allrounder Yusuf Pathan said. “Russell was an important cog in our wheel not only on-field, but in the dressing room also. He is a great character to have. There are situations when players miss out. He will be missed in the dressing room. But we have to look ahead and work with what we have.”
Captain Gautam Gambhir, however, chose to look at things differently. “Either we can see Russell’s absence as a challenge or look at it as an opportunity in bold letters,” he told PTI. “I as an individual, and KKR as a group, are looking it as an opportunity.”