IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders have found the replacement of injured Anrich Nortje. The two-times champions have bought uncapped Aussie pacer Matthew Kelly.
The move would certainly strengthen the pace attack of KKR, which wasn’t their strongest point. Previously they had only two world-class pacers in the likes of Prasidh Krishna and Lockie Ferguson among their ranks.
South African pacer Anrich Nortje was snapped up in the auction for a price of 20 lakhs. However he suffered from a shoulder injury and failed to recover in time. As a result he was officially ruled out of the entire tournament.
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KKR announced the signing of the youngster through their official Twitter handle. The 24-year-old right-arm pacer hails from Western Australia. In January 2018 he made his Big Bash debut for Perth Scorchers.
Kelly was also part of the Australian U19 team back in 2013. He has has 12 T20s so far and has the best bowling figures of 3/31. KKR will next face Delhi Capitals at the Eden Gardens on 12th April. It will be interesting if Kelly gets his maiden cap in that match or has to spend some time on the bench.