Dale Steyn to replace injured Nathan Coulter-Nile at Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgSouth Africa great Dale Steyn is all set to join Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the remainder of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 season. Steyn will replace Australia pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile who has returned home after suffering a stiff back.”Nathan Coulter-Nile is still recovering from a sustained injury and has been prescribed ample rest. He is a player of tremendous talent and owing to his personal time-out however, he won’t be able to play during IPL season 12. His absence has been felt greatly both in the team and on ground. Team RCB wishes Nathan a heartfelt speedy recovery and an early come back.”Replacing him in the squad is the explosive fast bowler Dale Steyn. We all welcome him to the RCB squad!,” Royal Challengers Bangalore confirmed in a press release.Speculations were rife that Steyn would be joining the Virat Kohli-led franchise midway through the IPL 2019 season after the South Africa speedster posted a photograph of his passport and Indian visa on his social media account with a caption: “Ahhh, what’s this little surprise” on Thursday. Steyn had deleted the post.Steyn, who has 92 wickets in 90 matches in the IPL, will return to his former club, RCB for whom he played for three seasons between 2008 and 2011. Steyn had listed himself at a base price of Rs 1.5 crore at December’s auctions. However, he went unsold.Steyn last played IPL for the now-defunct Gujarat Lions in 2016 wherein he returned home with an injury after playing only one match for the Suresh Raina-led franchise. He had pulled out of the 2017 auction in order to focus on the recovery from a career-threatening shoulder injury.advertisementSteyn went unsold in auctions ahead of the 2018 IPL season as well. Nonetheless, RCB’s decision to bring the lethal pacer back into the squad should have been influenced by Steyn’s recent form.Steyn has been in fine form in 2019, having impressed for South Africa in their series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Royal Challengers Bangalore have not managed to win a single match so far, losing six out of six in IPL 2019. The former finalists will be hoping Steyn’s inclusion will bring about a change of fortune.RCB face a must-win situation when they take on Kings XI Punjab in Mohali in their seventh match of IPL 2019 on Saturday.Also Read | Virat Kohli tries out some unorthodox shots at the nets as RCB seek 1st winAlso See:last_img

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