Kumar Kartikeya Singh will be joining the Mumbai Indians squad as a replacement for Mohammad Arshad Khan for the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2022, the franchise announced on Thursday. Khan sustained an injury and has been ruled out for the remainder of the 15th season. 

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Who is Kumar Kartikeya Singh?

Kumar Kartikeya Singh is a left-arm spinner who represents Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket. He has so far played 9 First Class matches, 19 List A games and 8 T20s. 

He has been with the IPL franchise as part of the support team and has been signed on to join the squad Rs 20 lakh.    

“Kumar Kartikeya is a slow left arm bowler and has represented Madhya Pradesh across all three format of the game since making his debut in 2018. Kumar Kartikeya has been impressive in the nets and his learning trajectory on improving and fine tuning his bowling skills have earned him the call up to the main squad,” Mumbai Indians said in an Instagram post. 

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Five-time champions Mumbai Indians are struggling this season, losing all eight matches they have played so far. The team is currently at the bottom of the points table and will most likely not qualify for the play-offs.

“We haven’t put our best foot forward in this tournament but that happens,many sporting giants have gone through this phase but I love this team and it’s environment. Also want to appreciate our well wishers who’ve shown faith and undying loyalty to this team so far,” Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma tweeted after the team lost their 8th consecutive game. 

The team will take on the Rajasthan Royals on April 30 at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai, with a hope to secure their first win of the season.