Indian Premier League 2023 : As the Indian Premier League (IPL) approaches, teams are gearing up and fans are getting excited. However, the Rajasthan Royals have received some bad news ahead of the upcoming season. Their star Indian pacer Prasidh Krishna has been ruled out of the IPL due to a lumbar stress fracture.
The loss of Prasidh Krishna is a huge blow to the Royals, as he led their pace attack last season and took an impressive 19 wickets in 17 matches. The Indian fast bowler has already undergone surgery and is expected to be out of action for at least six months, which means he’ll miss the entirety of the IPL season.
With Prasidh out, the Rajasthan Royals are yet to announce a replacement for the pacer. However, there are a few Indian fast bowlers who could step up to the task and fill the void left by Prasidh. Here are three Indian fast bowlers who could be good replacements for Prasidh Krishna in the Rajasthan Royals squad:
1. Vijaykumar Vyshak ( Indian Premier League 2023 )
Vyshak is a right-arm medium pacer from Karnataka who has been impressive in this season’s Ranji Trophy. He picked up a staggering 31 wickets in just 8 matches for Karnataka in the premier first-class tournament of India. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he also picked up 15 wickets in 8 matches at an economy rate of 6.31.
The young pacer could benefit from the guidance of the Royals’ bowling coach Lasith Malinga, and he certainly has the potential to become an ad-hoc replacement for Prasidh Krishna.
2. Chintan Gaja ( Indian Premier League 2023 )
Gaja is a right-arm medium pacer who has been exceptional for Gujarat in this season’s Ranji Trophy. He picked up an impressive 29 wickets in 7 matches, and in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he also picked up 15 wickets in 7 matches at an economy rate of just 4.21.
Gaja bowls economically and has the ability to pick up wickets. He has been consistent in domestic cricket and could be a strong candidate for the Rajasthan Royals to replace Prasidh Krishna.
3. Sandeep Sharma ( Indian Premier League 2023 )
Sandeep Sharma is a veteran of the IPL who unfortunately went unsold at this year’s IPL auction. He is vastly experienced and has taken an impressive 114 wickets in 104 IPL matches.
Sandeep is known for his ability to swing the ball and take wickets in the powerplay. He brings valuable experience to Rajasthan’s pace attack and is certainly a name worth considering given his impressive IPL record.
Apart from these three bowlers, there are other experienced fast bowlers like Varun Aaron and Ankit Rajpoot whom the Royals might consider as well.
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The Rajasthan Royals have some big shoes to fill with Prasidh Krishna being ruled out of this year’s IPL. However, there are several Indian fast bowlers who could step up and fill the void left by the pacer. The Royals have a lot to think about as they look to replace their star pacer, and it remains to be seen who they will choose to fill Prasidh’s shoes. With the IPL season fast approaching, cricket fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the start of the tournament and the action-packed matches that are sure to follow.