DC name Aniruddha Joshi as Shreyas Iyer replacement
Indian Premier League's Delhi-based franchise Delhi Capitals have signed Aniruddha Joshi as a replacement for their captain Shreyas Iyer for the Indian Premier League 2021 season.
Shreyas Iyer, who was set to captain the Delhi Capitals side, suffered an injury during the India-England series and was ruled out for the entire season of the Indian Premier League. Thus, Rishabh Pant was named as the captain for the season.
The Bangalore-born Aniruddha Joshi plays mainly as an all-rounder and bowl off-spin. He made his domestic cricket debut playing for Karnataka in the 2015-2016 Vijay Hazare Trophy.
He has featured for two different Indian Premier League teams, in 2018, he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore, and in 2020, he shifted to the other Royals of IPL, Rajasthan Royals, but hasn't featured for any team. This will be his third Indian Premier League team.
Looking at his stats, in total 22 T20 matches in his career, he has scored 420 runs and has picked up six wickets.
Shreyas Iyer is not the only Delhi Capitals player to be replaced in IPL 2021
There are two new faces in the Delhi Capitals squad:— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 15, 2021
🔹 Aniruddha Joshi (batter in pic) is Shreyas Iyer's injury replacement for the season
🔹 Shams Mulani brought in as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for Axar Patel#IPL2021 | #DC pic.twitter.com/zOXUfQH29v
The franchise has also announced that Shams Mulani will join the Delhi squad as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for all-rounder Axar Patel. Patel was tested positive for COVID during his mandatory quarantine period and is under isolation.
Shams Mulani is a Mumbai-born left-handed batsman who can bowl slow left-arm orthodox. As per the IPL's regulations, a franchise can sign a replacement for as long as the original member is not part of the bio-secure bubble.
In his 25 matches in his career, he has scored only 91 runs and has 24 wickets to his name. While in first-class cricket, Mulani has 556 runs and 28 wickets. Shams Mulani will only be part of the Delhi Capitals squad until Axar Patel joins the team in the bio-secure bubble.
Delhi Capitals will next play Rajasthan Royals tonight and then Punjab Kings on Sunday, 18th April.