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Indian T20 League: Mitchell Marsh ruled out for the season for second time in five years

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Hyderabad player Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the Indian T20 League 2020 after suffering an injury in their first match of the season against Bangalore. Marsh hurt his right ankle against Bangalore and will be replaced by West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder.

Skipper David Warner had earlier mentioned that he wasn’t sure if Marsh could compete in any games in the ongoing Indian T20 League after suffering the injury.

"It seems a serious injury. I am not sure if he will be able to compete in any of the matches," Warner was quoted by PTI.

After being asked to bowl in the fifth over against Bangalore, Marsh managed to bowl just four deliveries before succumbing to the injury. Despite being injured, he showed his courage by walking out to bat while being in obvious discomfort.

“Losing Mitch early, hopefully, he's okay, it doesn't look great. A lot of courage from him to walk out there and try his best, but it was unfortunate tonight,” Warner had told Star Sports after the game. “He's got to get an X-ray, hopefully, it's not too bad. It doesn't look great. Obviously, what you saw out there, it was quite painful, he can't put any weight on it. Fingers crossed."

Unfortunately for Warner, Marsh’s X-ray didn’t give the Hyderabad skipper the diagnosis that he wanted. Marsh will be returning home early from the Indian T20 League for the second time in the last five years due to injury after a knock to the shoulder ruled him out for the entirety of the tournament in 2017 when he was representing Rising Pune Supergiants.

The Australian all-rounder was brought by the Hyderabad for a base price of  ₹2 crore last December. He would have been a certified starter for Hyderabad on the fresh pitches and conditions that favours fast bowling in the first part of the Indian T20 League in UAE.

The Hyderabad’ sole Indian T20 League success came in 2016 but they have struggled to put their best foot forward ever since, with an overdependence on their top order, which features Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson.

Feature image courtesy: /Hyderabad

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