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KKR signs all-rounder Gurkeerat Singh Mann as Rinku Singh’s replacement

April 4, 2021

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Payel Gosh

The Kolkata Knight Riders signed Gurkeerat Singh as an alternative for left-handed batsman Rinku Singh in the forthcoming IPL season. Rinku Singh will be unavailable for the entire IPL season due to a knee injury. The Southpaw made his IPL debut in 2017 and has played a total of 11 IPL games so far, scoring a total of 77 runs at a strike rate of just over 100. Singh played only one match for KKR last season and scored 11 runs. 

Gurkeerat last featured for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020. The 23-year-old was released ahead of the IPL 2021 mini-auction. He managed to score only 71 runs in eight games at a strike rate of 88.75, with a best of 21*. KKR has signed Gurkeerat Singh’s services at his base price of Rs 50 lakh.

The IPL 2021 will be Gurkeerat Singh’s eighth IPL season

In 41 IPL matches so far, Gurkeerat Singh Mann has accumulated 511 runs at a strike rate of 121.09 and an average of 21.29. He recorded his highest score in the IPL when he contributed 65 runs off 48 balls for RCB against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019. Royal Challengers Bangalore had to chase 176 runs and won the match by four wickets. The team successfully chased the score as Gurkeerat Singh Mann, and Shimron Hetmyer contributed (75 from 47).

Mann's other half-century in the Indian Premier League came when he smashed 51 from 30 deliveries for the Punjab Kings against Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL 2016. However, his brilliant knock was in a losing effort as MS Dhoni's 64* led Rising Pune Supergiants to victory.

In 2016, Gurkeerat Singh Mann made his debut for Team India. The 30-year-old has played three ODIs for India in Australia in January of 2016. In his debut match in Melbourne, the batsman was bowled by James Faulkner for 8. In his second game in Canberra, he was caught off Nathan Lyon for five runs after top-edging a sweep. Gurkeerat Singh Mann's last match for team India to date was in Sydney. He was at the other end when Manish Pandey's hundred took the Indian team to a consolation win in the final match of the five-match one-day series.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh