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    2 players who can replace Phil Salt in KKR’s playing XI for remaining IPL 2024 matches

    Phil Salt has left the Kolkata Knight Riders squad just before the IPL 2024 playoffs. In a major blow to the franchise, he has left.

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    Phil Salt

    Phil Salt has left the Kolkata Knight Riders squad just before the IPL 2024 playoffs. In a major blow to the franchise, one of the team’s best batters has left the tournament to join the England squad in their preparations for the home T20I series against Pakistan.

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    Salt has been one of the biggest reasons behind KKR’s success this season. The right-handed batter has formed a destructive opening partnership with Sunil Narine, which has laid the platform for many wins for the Kolkata Knight Riders this season.

    Interestingly, Salt wasn’t even a part of the original KKR squad. He came in as a replacement for Jason Roy and became a match-winner instantly for the side. Now that Salt has left KKR, here’s a list of two players who can take his place in the match squad.

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    1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz is likely to replace Phil Salt

    The best option available with Kolkata Knight Riders for this job is Rahmanullah Gurbaz. The Afghanistan-based wicketkeeper batter has a similar batting style like Salt. Hence, he can walk into the playing XI as an overseas right-handed wicketkeeper batter.

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    Unfortunately for Gurbaz, he will have to get adjusted to the conditions very quickly because the Kolkata Knight Riders have just one match remaining before the playoffs.

    2. KS Bharat

    If Kolkata Knight Riders prefer to have an Indian wicketkeeper option in the playing XI, then they can go for KS Bharat. Interestingly, both Bharat and Gurbaz are former Gujarat Titans players, and the Qualifier 1 match will happen in Ahmedabad. Hence, that experience will help the Kolkata Knight Riders when it comes to keeping behind the stumps.