Kolkata Knight Riders have announced that New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme will replace Andre Russell in their squad for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. Russell will miss out on the current season of IPL because he is serving a one-year doping ban from the game.
Grandhomme has had a stunning debut for New Zealand in international cricket, picking up 6/41 against Pakistan in his debut Test match. He is a medium pace bowler but is lethal in conditions which assist the seamer, capable of swinging the ball both ways. He is also a very handy batsman down the order and has a stunning strike rate in T20 cricket of 171 after 91 innings.