The two times IPL winner Kolkata Knight Riders has drafted veteran Kiwi fast bowler Tim Southee into the squad as a replacement of Pat Cummins, who has optioned himself out of the 2nd leg of IPL 2021 due to personal reasons.
Tim Southee last time played in IPL was in 2019 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Making his debut for Chennai Super Kings in 2011, Southee has been a part of three more franchises- Rajasthan Royals (2014-15), Mumbai Indians (2016-17) & Royal Challengers Bangalore (2018-19). In the 2020 IPL auction, no team showed interest in him.
Southee has managed to take only 28 wickets in 40 matches in IPL so far, while 8,31 has remained his economy rate. The 31 years old pacer was a part of the Mumbai Indian side, which won the 2017 IPL, grabbing 3 wickets in 3 matches in the season.
In the first half of IPL 2021, which was played in India, KKR managed to win only 2 games out of 7. For the remaining 7 games, KKR has to win at least 5 matches to make it to the playoff. The Australian pace bowler, Cummins bagged 9 wickets in 7 games for the franchise, it will be interesting to see how KKR gonna use Southee in the 2nd leg of the IPL in UAE.
Southee has performed well in 6 T20Is, he has bowled so far, taking 10 wickets (4 against India & 6 against Bangladesh).