New Zealand all-rounder will miss the ODI series against Sri Lanka as a result
The list of injuries to players featuring in the Indian Premiere league keeps growing and England batter Will Jacks is the latest entrant who was going to represent RCB in the 2023 season of IPL. Interestingly Jacks was bought by RCB as a potential replacement for another star player named Glen Maxwell who met with an accident last year his participation was doubtful in the upcoming IPL season but some reports suggest that he has gained full fitness which was evident during the first ODI versus India.
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Talking about Will Jacks, the Englishman was bought by RCB for 3.2 crores after his exploits against Pakistan a month prior to the auction which was enough to impress the RCB management as the franchisee was looking for someone who can strengthen the team’s vulnerable middle after the retirement of AB De Villiers after the last IPL season. Now with Jacks ruled out Michael Bracewell looks a perfect candidate to take the slot of the finisher which is evident by his knock of 140 against India where he along with Santner almost did the unthinkable by pulling off victory from the jaws of defeat in the first ODI earlier this year.
Bracewell is also handy with the ball and can bowl some valuable overs as the sixth bowling option, especially on a wicket like that of Chinnaswamy stadium which is termed a graveyard for bowlers Bracewell’s spin bowling can be a game-changer for the team in red and black.
The allrounder has been in great form in limited-over cricket since 2022 and has played some crucial and match-winning innings for the blackcaps, One such knock came from Bracewell’s bat in the first ODI of a three-match series against Ireland when he scored a match-winning century to take Newzealand home by one wicket chasing a target of more than 350 runs. He continued the rich vein of form that he was in in the series against India as well. Apart from cricket Michael Bracewell is also well-versed in Rugby and Basketball.
During his initial days, Bracewell started as a wicket-keeper and is still the first-choice keeper for his domestic team Wellington. Still, with the likes of Conway, Lethem, and Blundell in the national team, the Keeper batter has no other option than to bowl some spin in order to contribute to the team’s performance.
Interestingly Michel and his brother Doug both represented Blackcaps at the U19 world cup in 2010 but Michael had to wait a bit longer to earn his maiden national team call up but since then he has not looked back
Marquee overseas players of RCB: Let us look at some overseas players who will have a huge impact on RCB’S performance this year
Faf Du Plessis: The first overseas player that walks straight into the eleven is captain Faf. The South African has been in decent form for the last couple of years and RCB would like him to continue his form
Glen Maxwell: The big show as he is famously called has been out of action for the last few months and has just resumed playing cricket with a Sheffield Shield match and would like to get some game time under his belt in the ongoing series against India before going in the IPL
Nice report. Maxwell should be called back now that he is fit