IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals replaces Woakes with Nortje

This will be Nortje’s maiden IPL appearance as the 26-year-old, who was with the Kolkata Knight Riders, was sidelined due to a shoulder injury last season.

Anrich Nortje has featured in six red ball games, seven ODIs and three T20s for South Africa.   -  Getty Images

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) on Tuesday named South African pacer Anrich Nortje as a replacement for England all-rounder Chris Woakes, who has pulled out ahead of the upcoming edition starting September 19 in the UAE.

The team did not specify the reasons for Woakes’ pullout. This will be Nortje’s maiden IPL appearance as the 26-year-old, who was with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), was sidelined due to a shoulder injury last season.

“I am excited to join the Delhi Capitals...there is no doubt this is going to be a massive learning experience for me,” Nortje was quoted as saying in a media release.

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The speedster, who made his Test debut last year against India, has featured in six red ball games, seven ODIs and three T20s for South Africa.

He was named Cricket South Africa’s Newcomer of the Year for 2020 and will be joining compatriot Kagiso Rabada at Delhi Capitals, which is coached by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.

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Woakes was bought for Rs 1.5 crore by the Delhi Capitals at the IPL auction last year.

The all-rounder had pulled out of the tournament, when it was scheduled to begin in March to stay fresh for England’s home Test summer.

The 13th edition of IPL was shifted out of India due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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