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With Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh having been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Rising Pune Supergiants have called up South Africa spinner Imran Tahir as his replacement.
Marsh sustained a shoulder injury during the ongoing four-Test series in India and returned back to Australia after the second Test in Bangalore.
Last week, the 25-year-old underwent reconstructive surgery and could now be out of action for nine months.
With that in mind, the Supergiants decided to bring in Tahir, who went unsold at the IPL auction despite only having a base price of INR 50 lakh (USD 76,394 approx) and being the top-ranked bowler in Twenty20 Internationals.
Tahir, who was released by the Delhi Daredevils, also sits at the summit of the ODI bowlers rankings.
The 37-year-old is the second overseas leg-spinner on the Supergiants’ roster after Australia’s Adam Zampa, who was retained after enjoying a lot of success in last year’s tournament, where he took 12 wickets in five matches at an incredible average of 9.58.
As for Tahir, he picked up five wickets in four matches for the Daredevils at an average of 27.60.