Just a few days ahead of the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has roped in New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson to the side. He will be replacing fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile who suffered an injury and has been advised rest.
As learned from a Cricbuzz report, after Coulter-Nile’s injury was confirmed, the RCB were left with an option to choose another player from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP) following the Player Regulations. They picked the Kiwi all-rounder at his base price of Rs 2 crore.
On the other hand, the franchise confirmed the news releasing a statement where head coach Daniel Vettori said, “Nathan Coulter-Nile is still recovering from an injury and has been prescribed ample rest. He is a player of tremendous talent and owing to his treatment however, he won’t be able to play during IPL season 11. His absence will be felt greatly both in the team and on ground. Team RCB wishes Nathan a heartfelt speedy recovery and an early comeback.”
After welcoming Anderson to the squad, RCB now has a new all-rounder option ahead of their first clash against the Kolkata Knight Riders, on April 8.
Anderson remained unsold during the mega-auction that took place on January 27 and 28. He has been a part of the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils during previous seasons. He has scored 521 runs in IPL at an average of 27.42 in 27 games and has picked 8 wickets so far.