Rajasthan Royals got off to a sensational start to this season. They won the first two games by beating Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians. After that, they had a chance to win a hat-trick of games but lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the recent game. However, Rajasthan Royals have been dealt with a massive blow in the ongoing season. Their star pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to an untimely injury.
The fast bowler played just one game for RR this season. He turned up against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first game. Unfortunately, he picked up an injury in the only game he played and had to walk off the turf. Coulter-Nile had a bad day at the office as he conceded 48 runs in 3 overs.
The medical team assessed his situation and sidelined him for the next two games (against MI and RCB). The Australian pacer couldn’t continue any longer, and as a result, he opted out of the remainder of the tournament. He has returned to Australia for rehab after a side strain.
The Royals purchased the pacer’s services for his base price of Rs 2 crore in the mega auction. “Until we meet again, NCN. Speedy recovery,” Rajasthan Royals confirmed the development on Twitter as they bid him farewell. The Royals haven’t named a replacement yet. Now, let’s take a look at three players who could replace Nathan Coulter-Nile.
1. Ben Cutting
Rajasthan Royals could turn into a productive all-rounder in the form of Ben Cutting. He boasts plenty of experience on his resume. A player like Ben Cutting can serve the team with the bat. Besides that, he can be a death bowling option to combine with Trent Boult.
Notably, Ben Cutting earned the player of the match award in the IPL 2016 final. He played a substantial role in helping Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore to win their maiden trophy.
Ben Cutting’s recent form has been impressive as well. During the recently-concluded PSL, he had a batting average of 28.14 and a spectacular strike rate of 164.17. Moreover, he donned the role of a finisher quite well.