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IPL 2021: Gurkeerat Singh Mann joins KKR squad as a substitution of injured Rinku Singh

KKR has signed Gurkeerat Singh Mann, who is a 30-year-old Punjabi all-rounder. He substituted Rinku Singh, who has been injured due to a knee injury. On behalf of KKR’s Team Management, a report has been released on Saturday. It confirms that the batsman from UP will be inaccessible for the entire session of IPL 2021

Domestic and International Career

Gurkeerat is a domestic cricketer of Punjab. He represents North Zone in both Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy. He rose through the ranks of Punjab’s U-19 and U-22 tournaments. He was a former team member of the Under 22 squad of CK Nayudu. In 2015, Mann was named to India’s 15-man ODI squad for the five-match against South Africa. Before which he showed an excellent all-around effort against Bangladesh A-Team. In January 2016, BCCI announced him to the squad for the One-Day-International series against Australia. He made his ODI debut there.

IPL Career

As his results improved, Kings XI Punjab gave him an IPL contract in 2012. In just his second game with the club, he struck a game-winning run of 29 in 12 balls in a chasing situation. Since his debut in the IPL in 2012, he has appeared in 41 games. Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him for INR 50 Lakh in the 2019 Indian Premier League player auction. He has been retained for the 2020 season in RCB. In the 11th IPL Auction, held in Jan 2018, Delhi Capitals bought him for 75 Lakhs.

Gurkeerat was a formal IPL player of Punjab Kings from 2012 to 2017, until entering the Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) in 2018 and later RCB. Out of his 41 IPL match appearances, he scored 511 runs including two half-centuries. Mann has only had occasional chances in his 8-year career. Because of that, he hasn’t been able to find his stability.

In IPL 2013, his grab to the dismissal of Ross Taylor was voted ‘catch of the tournament. He did not appear in a single game except for the year 2018. Mann has featured in at least two games per season since his introduction in IPL. In his overall IPL career, he has 511 runs, comprising two fifties, and two wickets. In 2016, his most fruitful season was of scoring 113 runs in seven games. He also picked up two wickets.

Expectations

He can hit for power and distance, as well as his valuable off-breaks. Maan’s fielding skills make him an appealing kit for any team. Both Mann and Rinku Singh are good both batting and fielding undoubtedly. It seems that KKR has a higher advantage of Having Mann over Rinku Singh for his varieties. KKR fans will have high expectations from this all-rounder this year. Let’s see how does he use his opportunity.

Gurkeerat will compete in the IPL for the eighth time in 2021. He has been bought by KKR for INR 50 lakh in the 14th edition of VIVO IPL.