Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have signed New Zealand’s big-hitting opener and wicketkeeper Finn Allen as a replacement for Australia’s Joshua Philippe for the upcoming IPL 2021. The IPL 2021 is slated to begin on April 9 and the final will be played on May 30th.
Joshua Philippe has made his debut for RCB in IPL 2020 where he opened the batting and kept wickets and was retained by the franchise for the IPL 2021. He had played five games and scored 78 runs for the Virat Kohli-led franchise, after being bought in the IPL 2020 auction for his base price of INR 20 lakhs.
Finn Allen Is The Top Run-Getter In New Zealand’s Super Smash And Will Debut For RCB In IPL 2021
Given the IPL rule that a player can only be replaced by a player in the same base price bracket, after Joshua Philippe was ruled out of the entire IPL 2021 tournament, the Royal Challengers Bangalore opted to recruit New Zealand’s, Finn Allen.
The 21-year-old explosive opener was in top form in the Super Smash T20 tournament back home. He smashed 512 runs in 11 innings to emerge as the top run-scorer in the Super Smash League this year. He has also played 12 FC games, 20 List-A games, and 13 T20 matches for Auckland and Wellington.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore have signed up New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Finn Allen as replacement for Joshua Philippe who will be unavailable for the entire season. Finn had a base price of INR 20L equivalent to that of Joshua Philippe. It will be Finn’s debut VIVO IPL season this year when he plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore,” the official statement on IPL website read.
🚨 BCCI announces schedule for VIVO IPL 2021 🚨
The season will kickstart on 9th April in Chennai and the final will take place on May 30th at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 7, 2021
Finn Allen replaces Josh Philippe for #IPL2021.
We regret to inform that Josh Philippe has made himself unavailable for IPL 2021 due to personal reasons. As a result, we have picked an exciting top order batsman in Finn Allen.#PlayBold #Classof2021 pic.twitter.com/DaasJ58ngk
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 10, 2021
The Royal Challengers Bangalore had made it into the playoffs of the IPL after a long time in the 2020 edition that was played in the UAE. Philippe had impressed all with his keeping skills and batting as well and it was expected that he might get a longer run in the RCB team for IPL 2021.
The IPL 2021 edition will be played across six cities which are Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Ahmedabad. The Motera Stadium will host the playoff matches and the final of the IPL 14.