IPL 2021: Sherfane Rutherford has been named as a replacement for Jonny Bairstow for the UAE leg

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Sherfane Rutherford has been signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad to replace England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow for the remainder of the IPL 2021 season. Bairstow had made a strong start in the opening part of the competition, scoring 248 runs in seven matches. He played in the Test series against India, but had a poor performance, scoring 184 runs in seven innings.

After it was first rumoured on Saturday that Bairstow may withdraw from the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, the franchise confirmed the news on Twitter and quickly announced his replacement in the form of the explosive Caribbean.

Is Rutherford the solution to SRH’s woes?

Sherfane Rutherford will bring some much-needed balance to an SRH team that has struggled in the first half of the season. With both bat and ball, the West Indies all-rounder is a valuable asset. The 23-year-old also has IPL experience, having appeared in seven matches for the Mumbai Indians in 2019, scoring 73 runs and taking one wicket.

Rutherford can likely bring some stability to SRH’s inexperienced middle-order. The franchise was searching for someone to give them more depth down the order with players like Kane Williamson, David Warner, Jason Roy, and Manish Pandey available to bat in the top order, and Rutherford might be the answer.

So far in the ongoing CPL 2021 season, the left-handed batsman has been fairly impressive. In seven matches, he has scored 202 runs at an enthralling average of 40.40. With so much T20 experience from all over the world, it’s an exciting addition for SRH, who will be trying to make a comeback in the second half of the season in the UAE.

Due to a busy schedule, English players have withdrawn

According to rumours in the British media, a few England players are withdrawing from the competition due to the Three Lions’ upcoming rigorous schedule. Following the IPL, the players, including Bairstow, will compete in a full-fledged T20 World Cup, which will be followed by the Ashes. As a result, Bairstow and others have opted out of the event ahead of a jam-packed schedule. Aiden Markram has previously been named as a replacement for another England player, Dawid Malan, by Punjab Kings.

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