Jaipur, April 7: With one all-rounder in Paul Collingwood out of the Rajasthan Royals, another has been quick to take his place. The Jaipur-based Indian Premier League team has signed on New Zealand seamer-batsman Jacob Oram as replacement for the injured Collingwood. Oram has been taken for a sizable sum of $250,000, which is the same amount the franchise snapped up Collingwood for at the player auction in January.
England's T20 mainstay Collingwood will undergo surgery for a damaged cartilage in his right knee next week, which will keep him out of the upcoming fourth season of the IPL.
Collingwood follows Kevin Pietersen out of the tournament. Pietersen, who had been snapped up by Deccan Chargers during the IPL auctions, has been ruled out with a hernia
Oram had an fantastic World Cup as a bowler, taking 12 wickets at an average of 18.41. His standout performance came in New Zealand's upset victory over South Africa in the quarter-finals. In that match, he took 4 for 39 and completed a stunning catch to send back Jacques Kallis and earn the Man-of-the-Match award.
"He [Oram] fits in that kind of slot like Collingwood, a middle-order batsman who bowls," a franchise official told ESPNcricinfo. "And he really hits the ball hard. Also his recent performance in the World Cup was fantastic, especially in the quarter-finals against South Africa. It is not the main reason [we picked him], but it helps to have a player in form."