Injury-hit RPS calls up Bailey for rest of IPL

Rising Pune Supergiants has already lost four of its star international players — Australian duo of Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh, South African Faf du Plessis and Englishman Kevin Pietersen — due to injury.

Bailey, who was the captain of Kings XI Punjab in the previous season, was overlooked during the IPL auction in February.   -  K.R. Deepak

Rising Pune Supergiants today called Australia batsman George Bailey as the replacement for Faf du Plessis, who was ruled out of rest of the IPL with a finger injury.

One of the two debutant teams this season, the Supergiants has already lost four of its star international players — Australian duo of Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh, South African Faf du Plessis and Englishman Kevin Pietersen — due to injury.

Earlier, another Australian batsman Usman Khawaja was also called in to join the IPL franchise for the rest of the tournament. “We lost four crucial players, but we are looking ahead,” RPS chief executive Raghu Iyer said.

“Bailey has tremendous experience and had a very successful season before last. He can contribute to the leadership group. Smith’s (injury news) been a bummer. He was just coming into his own and this happened.

“It is a challenging time. Before we could settle down we lost the core group of players around whom you build a team,” he added.

Bailey, who was the captain of Kings XI Punjab in the previous season, was overlooked during the IPL auction in February. Bailey had earlier also been a part of the now defunct Chennai Super Kings team.

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