Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have been dealt a huge blow as pacer T Natarajan has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as a knee injury that he had has aggravated. The left-armer who had a dream 2020 season followed by a superb run with the international side in their tour of Australia and later in England’s tour of India, played in the first two matches for the Orange Army but did not feature in the next two matches.
Sunrisers Hyderabad haven’t had the best of starts to the IPL 2021 season. They lost their first three matches as their middle-order did not come good at all. In the next match against Punjab Kings (PBKS) however, they seemed to have rectified the issues by bringing in a fit-again Kane Williamson and Kedar Jadhav into the playing XI. Khaleel Ahmed filled in for his fellow left-arm pacer and did an excellent job.
T Natarajan set to undergo rehab at NCA
T Natarajan has been confirmed to be ruled out by NCA physios according to Cricbuzz. This is because of an aggravated knee injury that was already carrying. The BCCI will now reportedly ask SRH to release the pacer for rehabilitation which will take place at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
“We have not got the full report but we have been told that he has developed a strain in the knee. He will have to undergo rehab in the NCA,” said a source from the BCCI to Cricbuzz.
SRH will now have to make do without their death over specialist. They would however, take heart from the fact that Khaleel Ahmed performed excellently in the two matches that he was a part of. It is noteworthy that such injury problems are not new for SRH as they had to play without the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the entirety of last season. Bhuvneshwar is also set to miss the next match for SRH against DC on Sunday due to a thigh strain.