England bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes, on Friday, announced his withdrawal from the thirteenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), for Delhi Capitals. Woakes revealed his decision not to feature in the cash-rich league due to his willingness — to remain fresh for the English Test summer.
Capitals roped him in for a sum of INR 1.5 crore alongside other overseas players including Jason Roy, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, and Marcus Stoinis.
The 31-year old has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders in 2018 and 2017 respectively.
Woakes’ best IPL stint came with KKR in 2017 in which he bagged 17 wickets in 13 games at 22.71. While Woakes may not be a massive loss, he can be handy in all the facets on his day. Hence, Capitals would be looking for a like-for-like replacement.
We take a look at three players who can replace Chris Woakes at Delhi Capitals:
Colin de Grandhomme:
The Zimbabwe-born Kiwi all-rounder has been in some form of late. Colin de Grandhomme has a penchant of hitting the ball as few players do. The burly right-handed batsman goes right after the bowlers from the word go and hence can perfectly line up amongst the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer.
Along with his hard-hitting ability, Grandhomme relies on the precision with the ball. His nagging accuracy with discipline for lengthy periods can not only keep the runs down, but also buy wickets. While he doesn’t possess good numbers under his belt in the IPL, Grandhomme deserves another shot, considering his capabilities.