IPL 2023: Kolkata Knight Riders sign Jason Roy as Shreyas, Shakib replacement

The 32-year-old has participated in 64 T20 Internationals for England, recording 8 fifties and 1522 runs at a S/R of 137.61.

Jason Roy in a file photo. (Image credit: Twitter)
By Nilavro Ghosh | Apr 7, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

From his base price of INR 1.5 crore, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have paid INR 2.8 crore to acquire England’s Jason Roy for the IPL 2023. Due to a lower back injury, Shreyas Iyer has been forced to withdraw from the competition, and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has announced that he will not be playing this year. Roy last played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2021 season. Roy had previously appeared in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He participated in five games in 2021 and scored 150 runs, including a half-century. The 32-year-old has participated in 64 T20 Internationals for England, recording 8 fifties and 1522 runs at a S/R of 137.61.

What’s up with Shreyas?

Shreyas has reportedly opted for a back surgery after being ruled out of the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the WTC (World Test Championship) Final. The 28-year-old has been suffering from a back injury for a quite a while now which seems to be related to his disc. As per a report published in The Indian Express, Iyer was initially hesitant about getting the surgery but changed his mind after the National Cricket Academy (NCA) recommended the same.

Iyer is not the only one in the Indian team to go for back surgery. The likes of Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna have all been through the process. Hardik went to England for the surgery, where Shreyas will also be heading reportedly, and Krishna and Bumrah got their treatments done in New Zealand.

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Despite being a massive blow to the Indian cricket team for the upcoming WTC final, the team most affected by Shreyas’ unavailability seems to be his IPL franchise, KKR. The men in purple have appointed an inexperienced Nitish Rana as the skipper for the season and they have not gotten off to a great start. In his first match as skipper Rana’s team suffered seven-run loss to Punjab Kings (PBKS). KKR currently sit in 7th place on the table with a -0.438 run rate. They will face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their second match on April 6 at the Eden Gardens.

KKR trounce RCB at the Gardens

On Thursday, April 6, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) absolutely hammered Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in match 9 of the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens. The men in purple were put into bat first and after being at a perilous spot after scoring only 89 runs for the loss of five wickets in the 12th over. However, an incredible partnership between Shardul Thakur and Rinku Singh got the Gardens to their feet as their knights battled through to a whopping 204 in 20 overs.

RCB started the chase well, but they could not have expected what was coming their way. On a track that always has been friendlier to pacers, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy and debutante Suyash Sharma stole the show as they picked nine out of 10 wickets to bowl the Challengers out for a mere 123.

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