Kolkata Knight Riders have roped in Karnataka spinner KC Cariappa to rope replace injured pace bowler Shivam Mavi. The two-time Indian Premier League winners had already signed up Sandeep Warrier as replacement for another injured pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

Mavi will also miss the upcoming season due to a stress fracture in his back. Mavi is likely to be out of action for at least six months. The right-arm pacer had made his IPL debut last and had gone on to play 9 matches, picking a total of 5 wickets. Nagarkoti, who had missed the last season too, will also miss this season with a back injury.

KC Cariappa is not new to playing in IPL, having played for Kings XI Punjab already. He has so far played 10 IPL games, picking up 8 wickers. In the just-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the spinner played a pivotal role in Karnataka’s title triumph by taking 10 wickets at an average of 20.60.

Shivam Mavi along with Nagarkoti is out of the upcoming season (Credits: BCCI)

Sandeep had finished the last season of Ranji Trophy as Kerala’s highest wicket-taker, picking up 44 wickets and helping the team make it to their first-ever semifinal in the competition.

Sandeep also impressed in the ongoing edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he picked up 8 wickets in the first six games including a hat-trick against Andhra. The upcoming season with Knight Riders will not be his first stint in the IPL.

Credits: BCCI

The Knight Riders had done exceedingly well last season despite their talismanic skipper Gautam Gambhir switching to Delhi Capitals. Under new skipper Karthik and with a team full of youngsters, they had gone on to beat all the odds and make it to the playoffs.  Their journey had ended in the second Qualifier after a loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Knight Riders will start their IPL 2019 campaign with a clash versus the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Eden Gardens on March 24.