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England player Jonny Bairstow has withdrawn from the upcoming UAE leg of IPL 2021. The right-handed batsman plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the tournament. The reason for Bairstow’s withdrawal from the IPL 2021 UAE leg is not clear so far. With his withdrawal, Sunrisers Hyderabad have suffered a big blow.
In the first leg of IPL 2021, Jonny Bairstow was the regular wicketkeeper for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Moreover, the English cricketer gave a magnificent batting performance. He was the highest run-getter for the team, smacking 248 runs in 7 innings at an average of 41.33. He also owned a great strike rate of 141+ while batting and smashed 2 half-centuries.
With Bairstow’s absence, Sunrisers Hyderabad will have to find a commendable wicket-batsman for the team. In this listicle, we talk about 3 players who can replace Jonny Bairstow in SRH in IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: 3 Players Who Can Replace Jonny Bairstow In SRH
Alex Hales is the first option Sunrisers Hyderabad can go for to replace Jonny Bairstow. The England cricketer went unsold in the IPL 2021 auction at the base price of Rs. 1.5 crore. Like Bairstow, Alex Hales is also an opening batsman. He earlier played for SRH in the IPL 2018 season, in which he mustered 148 runs in 6 games at an average of 24.66 with the highest knock of 45.
Minod Bhanuka is a Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman. The 26-year-old also bats as an opener. The left-handed batsman has played 5 T20I matches for Sri Lanka so far. In 4 innings, he has scored 64 runs at an average of 16. Since Minod Bhanuka is a wicket-keeper batsman like Bairstow, SRH can pick him to replace the latter.
Mushfiur Rahim is another player SRH can sign to replace Jonny Bairstow. The Bangladeshi wicket-keeper batsman went unsold in IPL 2021 auction at a base price of Rs. 1 crore. Rahim is also a wicketkeeper batsman like Bairstow. He has failed to bag an IPL deal many times, going unsold in auctions.
In his T20I career for Bangladesh so far, Rahim has smashed 1321 runs in 82 innings at an average of 19.71 along with 5 half-centuries.
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