Potential Replacements For Tom Curran In RCB For IPL 2024

image-lr985jrdCurran is suffering from a knee injury (x.com)

Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) preparations for IPL 2024 have encountered an early setback as their newly acquired English all-rounder, Tom Curran, is facing a potential roadblock. Secured at his base price of INR 1.5 crore in the December 2023 auction, Curran's stint with RCB has hit a snag before the tournament kickstarts.

Tom Curran, a late addition to the RCB roster, sustained a knee injury during the Big Bash League (BBL), forcing him to withdraw from the competition. The severity of Curran's injury remains uncertain, prompting his return to the UK for further evaluation. This development leaves uncertainty over his availability for the upcoming IPL season, just three months away.

The setback not only impacts Tom Curran but also raises concerns for RCB, as they await updates on the all-rounder's condition.

As we at OneCricket delve into Tom Curran's situation, we've identified three potential replacements for him in the RCB squad if he's ruled out of IPL 2024.

Jason Holder

image-lr9c8leeJason Holder (x.com)

Jason Holder stands out as a prime candidate to fill Curran's shoes this season, showcasing exceptional skills across all aspects of the game. 

The West Indian all-rounder carries substantial IPL experience, having played for esteemed franchises like Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Lucknow Super Giants. 

While his batting statistics may appear modest, contributing 247 runs in 38 matches, Holder is no novice with the bat. His true skills lie in his bowling, amassing an impressive 49 IPL wickets at an economy rate of 8.57. Notably, Holder is a handy lower-order batter, enhancing his all-round utility.

Jimmy Neesham

image-lr9cbdqsJimmy Neesham (x.com)

The second contender for Tom Curran's replacement is the Kiwi all-rounder, Jimmy Neesham. Known for his consistent T20 performances globally, Neesham has shone for various teams. Despite his regular presence in IPL franchises since his debut in 2014, featuring for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), he's played only 14 games. 

This left-handed batter and right-arm medium-pacer's overall cricketing prowess positions him as a strong candidate for RCB's vacancy left by Tom Curran, and the team is likely considering him for the role.

Keemo Paul

image-lr9ccpqdKeemo Paul (x.com)

RCB can consider Keemo Paul as a potential replacement for Curran in the upcoming IPL. With his dynamic skills as a fast-bowling all-rounder, Paul offers an alternative for RCB to bolster their lineup and make an impact in the upcoming season.

It's noteworthy that all these three players remained unsold in the recent December 2023 IPL mini-auction.