IPL 2021: In a big blow to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer T Natarajan has been ruled out of the entire season due to a knee injury.

SRH pacer T Nataraja (BCCI Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SRH pacer T Natarajan has been ruled out of IPL 2021 due to a knee injury
  • Natarajan played 2 matches and took as many wickets in the ongoing IPL
  • Khaleel Ahmed replaced Natarajan in the last 2 matches

In a big blow to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), left-arm pacer T Natarajan has been ruled out of the entire season of the ongoing IPL 2021 due to a knee injury.

Notably, the 30-year-old did not play in the last two games of the 2016 champions and was replaced by another left-arm fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed.

It has been learnt that the persisting knee issue has flared up again.

“He obviously has a sore knee. Given the circumstances in these bubbles, if he goes and gets a scan, he obviously has to sit out for seven days and get back into quarantine, so we are just monitoring at the moment.

“The physios are doing their best to analyse but he obviously has to have a scan at some point,” SRH captain David Warner had said after 9-wicket win over Punjab Kings on Wednesday.

“Yeah, unfortunately, Natarajan missed out because of a sore knee and a niggle in his left knee, he was ruled out of this match. So, he was unfit for this match and that’s why we went with Khaleel Ahmed. We are going to assess the condition of Natarajan and I’m sure that the medical staff of Sunrisers will take the right decision which will be beneficial for him and the franchise,” VVS Laxman had said after Natarajan missed third match versus Mumbai Indians (MI).

Earlier, an unfortunate shoulder injury has made left-arm pacer T Natarajan doubtful for the early stages of the five-match T20I series between India and England. The Tamil Nadu pacer spent around 2 months at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru after returning from Australia.

Natarajan played only the final T20I against England. In the following 3-match ODI series against the visitors, Natarjan missed out on the first two games again and played the third and decisive match which India won by 7 runs.



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