RCB sign NZ pacer Scott Kuggeleijn as replacement

New Zealand fast bowler Scott Kuggeleijn has joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for their Australian speedster Kane Richardson. ESPNCricinfo announced this news on their Twitter handle, stating that Kuggeleijn has moved from MI’s bio-bubble to RCB’s bio-bubble. 

In case you didn’t know, the Mumbai Indians had first signed Scott Kuggeleijn as a reserve player for IPL 2021. Not long ago, the right-arm pacer from New Zealand was spotted playing snooker with James Neesham at the Mumbai Indians squad, inside their bio-secure bubble. 

Here’s what ESPNCricinfo tweeted to inform the fans about the latest signing of the Royal Challengers Bangalore:

“Scott Kuggeleijn – who has been part of the #IPL2021 bubble as a reserve for Mumbai Indians – moves to RCB as a replacement for Kane Richardson.”

Scott Kuggeleijn has played for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League before. He is a right-arm fast bowler who can trouble the batsmen with his pace. The Royal Challengers made a good choice to sign him because the players coming from other parts of India or outside India would have quarantine for seven days and return negative in their COVID tests to join the bio-bubble. 

Scott Kuggeleijn has 16 T20I wickets in international cricket 

Scott Kuggeleijn has played white-ball cricket for New Zealand globally. He has been a part of the Kiwi ODI lineup twice, while he has also represented the Blackcaps 16 times in the shortest format of the game. 

Since Kuggeleijn has been a part of the top-class IPL franchises like Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, it seems he could be a good addition to the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. Kuggeleijn could form a trio with Daniel Sams and compatriot Kyle Jamieson at RCB. It will be interesting to see if the Royal Challengers include him in their playing XI because they had used Kane Richardson in only one game. 

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