With 335 runs to his name at a strike rate of just under 166, swashbuckling TKR batsman Brendon McCullum has bid farewell to CPL 2017 and that’s a sad reality for Bravo and his troops.
After an injury-plagued debut season last year, the Kiwi has stood out with the bat in his second season with the TKR.
“It’s a big loss for us,” Bravo told the assembled media at the Hyatt Regency Hotel yesterday, adding that the New Zealander “is one of the main reasons we got this far.”
“Brendon (McCullum) has been good and not only with the bat but [in] the way he carries himself. His leadership skills definitely will be missed. The team will miss him for sure. The tournament will miss him.”
He may no longer be with his team mates on the field but McCullum’s bond with and influence on the Knight Riders players has let them to give themselves a mandate to win the tournament in his honour
The good news for the Knight Riders is that McCullum’s replacement was expected to arrive in the country yesterday afternoon. He is Australian Dan Christian, a more-than-handy middle-order batsman and right-arm medium-pace bowler who has made a name for himself over the last 12 months as a consistent and reliable cricketer
“Dan Christian comes in as a background player,” he explained. “We need a replacement player [because] there is a possibility that we might play three games, you never know. So now we have got someone there for back-up.”
“He (Perkins) is going to get his opportunity,” the TKR skipper announced. “We know that he has potential so now is the time for him to step up.”
As Bravo said in the press conference, Perkins is going to replace Bazz & will open for TKR. While, Cooper’s inclusion is still a mystery.
Badree should be back for SNP..
We have gone with Hafeez, Narine & Bravo as our three all-rounders, you can replace if you want Shadab, Nabi or Braithwaite.
Other Captain’s choices: HAFFEZ, GAYLE, BRAVO, MUNRO.
We haven’t included Lewis, but if you want to include him just replace Nurse with Searles & Carter with Lewis.
Your team will look like this.
You are free to edit the team as per your leagues.