Gujarat Lions’ left-arm orthodox spinner Shivil Kaushik has been replaced by Ankit Soni for the remainder of IPL 2017. The 21-year old Kaushik, who featured in three matches for the franchise this season, has been ruled out of the tournament.
Ankit Soni, who is a leg-spinner hailing from Mumbai, has been inducted in the team which is currently languishing at the bottom of the points table with just two wins from seven matches.
Kaushik, who made waves in last year’s IPL because of his unique action, troubled batsmen with his unorthodox bowling style and skiddy deliveries. This year, however, he has been off-colour, failing to pick up even a single wicket from the three games he has featured in.
Bowling has been a big concern for Suresh Raina and his troops. West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has already been ruled out of the tournament, with Irfan Pathan being named as his replacement.
Soni, along with Rahil Shah, had attended trials for the Lions, as reported by Sportskeeda earlier this month. Soni hasn’t made his debut for the Mumbai team yet, but has been in superb form in their domestic circles. Both Rahil Shah and Ankit Soni had put their names in the list of 351 players this season with a base price of Rs. 10 Lakhs.
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