The knee of SRH pacer T Natarajan has been aggravated, and he will miss the remainder of the Indian Premier League. It’s possible that the 30-year-old left-arm pacer won’t be able to compete in the tournament any longer. He has only played two games this season, and Sunrisers Hyderabad will need to find a replacement.
According to sources close to the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Indian Premier League, the pacer could be required to return to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. It’s unclear when the issue became serious, but Natarajan did not play in SRH’s final two IPL games after spending around two months at the NCA after the Australia tour. On April 11, he played against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai.
The NCA physiotherapists have been keeping an eye on his health and have informed the BCCI about the aggravation. The BCCI is likely to ask the franchise to release the pacer, who is still believed to be with the SRH in Chennai. “We have not yet seen the final report, but we have been informed that he has experienced a knee strain. He’ll have to go to the NCA for rehab “according to the source.
There was no hint that the Tamil Nadu bowler would have to miss the entire IPL when Sunrisers captain David Warner talked about him after the game against Punjab Kings. “He clearly has a swollen knee. Given the circumstances of these bubbles, he would obviously hang out for seven days if he gets a scan. He has to return to quarantine. We’re just keeping an eye on him right now. The physiotherapists are trying their utmost to assess the situation from a facial perspective, but he may need to have a scan at some stage “Warner made the announcement on Wednesday.
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Meanwhile, it has been revealed that another India pacer, Ishant Sharma, recently exacerbated a heel problem and has missed all of the IPL games so far due to the issue rather than non-selection. He is, however, thought to have healed and is now eligible for collection. “We’ll have to see how he bowls and how many overs he will bowl,” a Delhi Capitals source explained. Ishant is said to have had a problem with his heel for a long time, and it continues to bother him. He was recently out of commission for two weeks due to pain.