Kings XI Punjab have announced that Ishant Sharma will be replacing Murali Vijay in their squad for the upcoming season of the IPL. Murali Vijay will miss the upcoming season of the IPL due to a wrist injury for which he will undergo a surgery in London.
Ishant Sharma who had a base price of 2 crores, went unsold in the auctions which came across as a shock to many. Now, Kings XI Punjab have decided to rope in the tall Indian seamer to replace Murali Vijay, who was a key member of the Punjab squad.
Speaking on acquiring the services of Ishant Sharma, Team Director Virender Sehwag said on the team’s Facebook Live, “Ishant Sharma will be joining Kings XI Punjab. The talks are on and the paperwork will be over soon. Ishant has played under me in Ranji Trophy and then in Indian cricket team. I think his presence will help the team.”
Ishant Sharma will undoubtedly strengthen the bowling unit of Kings XI Punjab. The pace bowling unit was an area of concern for the Punjab team and with the added experience of Ishant Sharma, they have a long way towards addressing this area of concern.
Punjab skipper will surely be delighted to have an additional bowling option available at his disposal, even if Ishant is not a direct replacement of Murali Vijay, who is an opening batsman.