IPL Teams Face Major Setback as English Stars Depart for National Duty, Who Can Replace? Find out!

IPL Teams Face Major Setback as English Stars Depart for National Duty

Several IPL franchises have been dealt a significant blow as their key English players depart mid-season to join their national team. This exodus of talent comes as England gears up for a four-match T20 series against Pakistan starting on 22nd May 2024, a crucial preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup in June.

Punjab Kings Hit Hardest

Punjab Kings are arguably the worst affected team, losing a whopping three English players. Their captain, the talented all-rounder Sam Curran, alongside versatile all-rounder Liam Livingstone and explosive Jonny Bairstow, will all be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Although Punjab Kings have nothing to lose because they have already been eliminated for this IPL season.

Other Teams Feel the Pinch

Rajasthan Royals will miss the services of their star wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler, who has already left to join the England camp. Chennai Super Kings will be without their versatile all-rounder Moeen Ali. Royal Challengers Bangalore face a major setback as their exciting young prospect Will Jacks and pacer Reece Topley will miss their crucial clash against CSK. Finally, Kolkata Knight Riders will be without their star opener, Phil Salt.

Who can replace these players?

Above mentioned English players cannot be replaced by other players but unfortunately, their respective teams must find out. Here is the list along with probable replacements:

Teams Players Probable Replacements
PBKS Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone & Jonny Bairstow Sikandar Raza, Rishi Dhawan & Rilee Rossouw
KKR Phill Salt Rahamanullah Gurbaz
RCB Will Jacks & Reece Topley Anuj Rawat & Alzarri Joseph
CSK Moeen Ali Mitchell Santner
RR Jos Buttler Tanush Kotian, Tom Kohler-Cadmore

Impact on IPL Playoff Race

The departure of these key players undoubtedly impacts the IPL playoff race. Teams like Kolkata, and Rajasthan will suffer the most. Teams will need to adapt quickly and find suitable replacements to maintain their winning momentum. Fans will likely witness a shift in playing styles and strategies as teams adjust to their new lineups.

While fans may be disappointed to see their favorite English players leave the IPL early, the focus now shifts to the international stage. The T20 series against Pakistan will offer a glimpse into England’s form and preparation for the much-anticipated T20 World Cup.

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