All the players who have come in as replacement, have replaced mostly star players. Apart from Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Zahir Khan and Jason Behrendorff, all the other players who were ruled out are star cricketers. They are certainly heavily important to the franchise.
Also, during the auctions, since the first edition of IPL, England cricketers are not the preferred choice. Moreover, the IPL season always coincides with England’s county championship every year.
Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran and David Willey are the players who have come in as replacements in this IPL. If one look closely to these four cricketers, all of them have build impressive reputation at international level.
On the other hand, very few New Zealand cricketers have emerged as big player in the history of IPL. Apart from Brendon McCullum, Stephen Fleming, Mitchell McClenaghan, etc, barely any Kiwi cricketers have made a big name in this tournament.
Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, etc are the apt examples of Kiwi cricketers who carry good reputation at international but remained below average with their performances in the IPL.
Last but not the least, one must not ignore the fact that replacement players are way cheaper than getting them through auction.