South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje might finally get a chance to make his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut as he was signed by Delhi Capital (DC) on Tuesday for the upcoming season.
The pacer comes in as a replacement for England all-rounder Chris Woakes, who had earlier pulled out of this year's T20 league. Woakes was bought for Rs 1.5 crore by DC in the IPL auction.
Nortje had the opportunity to play in the IPL last season when he was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but a shoulder injury cut short his chances of making his debut.
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“I am excited to join the Delhi Capitals, a team that was the talk of the tournament last season. With its exciting mix of experienced and young players and a stellar coaching line up, there is no doubt this is going to be a massive learning experience for me. I am grateful to the Delhi Capitals management for giving me this opportunity," Nortje said on joining DC.
The 26-year-old fast bowler has so far played six Tests, seven ODIs and three T20Is for the national team, taking 19, 14 and two wickets respectively. He will join compatriot Kagiso Rabada at DC.
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While the Delhi side (20 points from 13 matches) has made sure of a top-two finish, a defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday night has dented RCB's chances of ending second in the points table.
"There was never too much doubt that everyone was keen to go and play," Woakes told reporters.
Bharat, who has had a good IPL with the bat, smashed 78 not out off 52 balls as he kept calm under pressure and lofted Avesh for a straight six with five needed off the last delivery to chase down DC's target of 165.