Royal Challengers Bangalore have suffered another setback as their pace bowler Adam Milne has been ruled out of IPL after suffering a hamstring injury.

The injury prone 24-year-pacer was absent during the team’s practice session on Friday (May 6) and is reported to have flown back to New Zealand. Milne is the third overseas bowler the franchise has lost to injury. Royal Challengers have already lost Mitchell Starc and Samuel Badree due to injuries. RCB had replaced Samuel Badree with Tabraiz Shamsi and Mitchell Starc with Chris Jordan.

A weak bowling line up has been RCB’s main concern this year as they are repeatedly struggling to defend big totals and Milne’s injury has made the matter worse for them.

Milne, who was bought for 70 lakh by RCB in last year’s auction,played only one match in the IPL . He was part of RCB’s playing XI in their season opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He failed to give a decent performance in that match as he conceded 43 runs in his 4 overs and took only one wicket.

The pacer, who was expected to spearhead RCB’s bowling line-up in the absence of Mitchell Starc, has been plagued with fitness concerns since picking up a heel injury during the 2015 World Cup, which ruled him out of last year’s IPL.

With Milne gone, the Australian pair of Shane Watson and Kane Richardson, the England all-rounder Jordan, and the South African all-rounder David Wiese are the main overseas seam bowlers left on the Royal Challengers bench.

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