SRH’s Natarajan out of the IPL due to injury

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Sunrisers Hyderabad’s speedster T. Natarajan has been ruled out of the IPL 2021 due to knee injury which will require surgery. The 29-year-old, played only two games this IPL, picked up the said injury during the Australia tour and has flared up once again. The franchise has not yet decided on a replacement. SH has won only one game so far in the competition. Follow us for IPL 2021 highlights.

“He had a niggle during the Australia series, for which he had to miss the series against England. But he recovered and featured in the IPL. However, the old injury has flared up again, and it won’t be possible for him to continue in the tournament again,” a BCCI insider, aware of the development, told a news agency. Catch more IPL live match predictions and odds when you register an account with 12BET India.

The fast bowler only played against the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers Bangalore before being replaced by Khaleel Ahmed in the Sunrisers’ XI for their subsequent two matches. Natarajan came into limelight at the virus-hit IPL 2020 when he became the strike-bowling replacement for the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

He is also the first Indian player to debut in all three formats on the same tour. According to reports, the BCCI did not reveal he had been carrying a knee injury from Australia when he returned with a hero’s welcome. Natarajan missed most of the T20I leg of the home series against England in February, playing only one T20I and later the final ODI.

“I’m sad to miss the remaining games,” he said in a video posted via the SH Twitter page. “Since I played well last season and went on to play for India my expectations were high. Unfortunately, I have to undergo knee surgery and will miss this season. Thank you to the SRH family – support staff and players. They supported and motivated me a lot.  I’m going to miss the SRH family this season.”

It is learnt that this is the second straight season they have lost a key player at the beginning of their tournament, with Mitchell Marsh became the first player in the last year’s edition of the tournament to be ruled out due to injury after he hurt his ankle during their first match. They now have Kumar, Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi and allrounder Jason Holder in their fast bowling reserves.

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