Phil Salt Joins Kolkata Knight Riders as Jason Roy Replacement

Phil Salt

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have made a significant change to their squad for the upcoming IPL 2024 season, bringing in Phil Salt as a replacement for Jason Roy. Roy had withdrawn from the tournament citing “personal reasons.” Salt, who remained unsold in the latest auction after representing Delhi Capitals last year, will now join KKR for his second season in the IPL, having been acquired at his reserve auction price of INR 1.5 crore (approximately $181,000).

Salt’s recent performances in T20I cricket have been impressive, particularly during the series in the Caribbean in December 2023. During the series, he scored 331 runs at a strike rate of 185.95, including two centuries. His 48-ball century in the fourth T20I in the West Indies is the joint-fastest for England in the format.

Roy, despite his reputation as a short-format specialist, has not had a consistent run in the IPL. He has played for various teams, including the now-defunct Gujarat Lions in 2017, Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) in 2018, and subsequently for Sunrisers Hyderabad and KKR. Roy was acquired by Kolkata Knight Riders at the December 2023 auction for INR 2.8 crore.

The addition of Salt to the squad does not change the overseas/Indian balance of the KKR lineup. Salt will provide an option for the opening slot along with Rahmanullah Gurbaz, with Sherfane Rutherford as the other specialist overseas batter in contention. The team also includes experienced players like Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Mitchell Starc, Dushmantha Chameera, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Kolkata Knight Riders will play its IPL 2024 opener on March 23 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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