Mumbai: Australian all-rounder George Bailey will replace injured Faf du Plessis for Rising Pune Supergiants for the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season, according to a report in espncricinfo. The South African batsman was ruled out with a finger injury.
Supergiants will be Bailey's third IPL franchises while earlier representing Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. During the IPL auction in February, Bailey, who had a base price of Rs 1 crore (USD 148,000 approx), went unsold. In 34 IPL games, he has 579 runs at 25.17, with a strike rate 129.82.
The MS Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants, currently on sixth place in the points table, have struggled on the field registering just two wins from the eight matches they have played. Add to the misery, injuries have added to their woe, with four of their first-pick overseas players being ruled out over the past week.
England batsman Kevin Pietersen was the first to depart after he tore his calf batting in the home match against Kolkata Knight Riders. Du Plessis soon followed. Mitchell Marsh managed to play just three matches before returning back to Australia due to a side strain.
The fourth overseas player to make his way back home on Monday was Australian Steve Smith. Cricket Australia's medical team announced that Smith, who had scored his maiden T20 century on April 29, had picked a wrist injury and needed to return home.
Another Australian Usman Khawaja has already been signed up as replacement for Pietersen....