Ashish Nehra, the Sunrisers Hyderabad fast bowler, has been ruled out of the remainder of Indian Premier League due to a hamstring injury. Nehra has mostly been absent of the league due to a hamstring and neck injury and was expected to miss full tournament earlier.
He could have been a big asset for the team in a must-win eliminator but now has been ruled out.
The news was confirmed by Tom Moody, the coach of the side as he said,
“Ashish Nehra won’t be fit for the remainder of the tournament.”
Nehra has a history of suffering injuries, as he has undergone 12 surgeries and suffered few other injuries as well. Before the start of IPL, there were reports that Indian selectors have asked Nehra to play Vijay Hazare Trophy in order to present his case for the Champions Trophy but there as well he pulled out of the league after playing just two games.
However, youngsters like Siddharth Kaul and Mohammed Siraj have taken up the responsibility well in Nehra’s absence and have become an asset for the team. In fact, Kaul has won a couple of games for the team in death overs.
Las year as well Nehra was ruled out of the league midway and went for an operation in London on his right knee, to repair his high-grade tendon injury.
Along with Nehra, another injury issue looms over Sunrisers Hyderabad as Yuvraj Singh’s participation is also in doubt for the Eliminator and he will go a fitness test before team management decides upon his availability. Yuvraj hurt his finger during the game against Mumbai Indians and then missed team’s last league stage game against Gujarat Lions.
Yuvraj’s fitness will key as he is also the part of the Indian team in the Champions Trophy and will be an important member in team’s title defence. However, the Indian selectors have already named five backup players in case of an injury to any player.
The defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad will face two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator on May 17 in Bengaluru. The winner of the game will meet the either Mumbai Indians or Rising Pune Supergiant to make it to the second qualifier of the tournament.