Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Chris Gayle, who has been struggling with his fitness throughout this Indian Premier League season, will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his shoulder.

The hard-hitting Jamaican, who has had problems with his back and hamstring, and suffered with shoulder injury during the match against Rajasthan Royals at the Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday, 11th May 2014.

Gayle fielding at backward point dived to stop a shot from Ajinkya Rahane’s bat, from going to the boundary in the 4th over of Rajasthan’s innings. He managed to stop the ball in that process he injured himself and had to leave the field. News later spread that he was taken to the hospital to get an X-Ray.

Gayle, who missed the first four games of the UAE leg due to a sore back, has not been at his best in this edition, with scoring 100 runs in the five matches he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Gayle’s injury comes as a big blow to RCB, who have been struggling this season and are amongst the bottom placed teams with just three wins from nine games. They have five more games to play with and need all of them to be won.

Gayle is the second player from Bangalore to be ruled out of the ongoing IPL. Australian batsman Nic Maddinson was out of the tournament after injuring his finger and the IPL Event Technical Committee approved South African batsman Rilee Russow as his replacement.

RCB now have to opt to bringing in a replacement for Gayle. They can do so by getting one from the list of players who registered for the 2014 IPL auction but went unsold. Among them Australia’s David Hussey has been expected to join as per sources of team management.

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