Because Natarajan tested positive with COVID-19, the franchise was obliged to isolate six members, including Vijay Shankar. “Franchises are authorized to sign a short-term replacement player under Regulation 6.1 (c) until the original squad member is cleared to re-enter the team’s bio-secure environment. As a result, Malik will only be a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team till Natarajan is cleared to return “According to an IPL press release.
So far, Malik has played in one T20 and one List A match. He took three wickets against Railways in his only T20 match earlier this year.Sherfane Rutherford, who had been named as a replacement for Jonny Bairstow, had returned home after his father died.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad are taking on Punjab Kings at Sharjah on 25th September, 2021 for the 2nd leg of IPL-2021. It will be the mandatory match for both the teams as right now they are two of the bottom teams of the point table with 2 points and 6 points respectively. If SRH loses today they will be knocked out from the tournament officially and on the other hand if PBKS loses today’s match then they will be in the situation of do or die so they have to win each match from now on.