IPL 2021: The player involved as Russell's substitute gave 20 runs off 5 balls

Australia all-rounder Ben Cutting has been bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 75 lakhs. Cutting, having experience of more than 150 T20 matches, gave 20 runs off 5 balls and scored only 11 runs in the first match of Pakistan Super League.

21st February, 2021

During the IPL auction, Kolkata knight riders bought an all-rounder Ben Cutting as an alternative to Andre Russell. Last season, the team could not qualify in the playoffs and Andre Russell was also not fully fit. For this reason, this player has been considered important for the current season. But after the auction, all-rounder Ben Cutting's performance in the first match was very poor and the team had to face defeat.

Kolkata Knight Riders bought Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting for 75 lakh rupees. In Pakistan Super League match, this fast bowler, playing on behalf of Quetta Gladiators, looted runs. Cutting was given just 5 balls to bowl in the match and he conceded 20 runs. Afghanistan batsman Mohammad Nabi also hit three sixes in the over of cutting. While batting, Cutting could not do anything special and could score only 11 runs off 13 balls. Karachi Kings won this match by 37 wickets with 7 wickets. Quetta's team was dismissed by 121 runs. Karachi achieved the target for three wickets in 13.5 overs.

However, Ben Cutting had a great batting in the recently played T20 Big Bash League in Australia. He scored 280 runs in 13 innings at an average of 40. Cutting had a strike rate of over 156 and he hit 16 sixes. Along with this, he also took 4 wickets and his economy rate was 7.65 runs per over. In such a situation, he is being considered as an alternative to Russell. Talking about the overall career of cutting, he has scored 2330 runs in 167 matches at an average of 23. During this time, he also scored 4 half-centuries and the strike rate is 150. He has also taken 127 wickets. Once the act of taking five wickets has also been done.

Kolkata has also bought Bangladesh's star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Along with batting in the middle order, this player also does excellent spin bowling. Shakib can prove to be a trump card for Kolkata. Along with this, Kolkata has also added the experience of Harbhajan Singh. Kolkata Knight Riders have also bought Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson in the auction.

Category: Sports: Cricket


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Khushbu Kumari Jha