Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a huge blow, when their premier fast bowler Navdeep Saini’s split his webbing during the clash against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday in Dubai. Saini got injured on the last ball of the 18th over and immediately walked off the field.
Speaking on 27-year old’s fitness, RCB physio Evan Speechly informed that the right-armer is currently under supervision and any call on his participation in next match will only be taken later. RCB is scheduled to play Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
“Saini has split his webbing in the last ball there. He obviously got hit on the right thumb. Fortunately, we had a good hand surgeon who stitched up nicely. We will monitor overnight and check whether he can ready for next match – I cannot be sure when he is good to go but hoping he will play next match,” Speechly was quoted as saying by ANI.
“Virat four-five years ago had it in Kolkata. We managed to stop the bleeding and he smashed a 100 after we got a plastic surgeon who had stitched it.
“Unfortunately, you cannot compare the two injuries. Some people manage it and some can’t. It’s also because Saini’s injury is on his bowling hand so it puts a lot of pressure on him so I cannot be sure when he will be good to go. I am hoping that he will be good to play in the next game and the rest of the tournament,“ added Speechly.
Saini has been one of the most consistent performers for RCB this season. Though he has picked only 5 wickets in 11 matches, he is one of the most economical (7.95)bowlers of RCB lot. Saini is also one of the contenders for Australia tour of team India. As far as RCB are concerned they are just one win away from the qualifiers. In the 11 matches, they have won 7 and will be eyeing a top 2 finish.