David Warner's Hyderabad team has been dealt with a massive blow as pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian T20 League owing to a hip injury he sustained during the game against Chennai at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The incident happened on Friday during the first ball of his final over. He did try to bowl the entire over, but was evidently seen struggling with the injury before physio made their way on the field. He was eventually taken off and took no further part in the game.
"Bhuvi will not be able to take part in this year's tournament as he has been ruled out with a hip injury. A big blow for sure as he is someone who leads the bowling unit and is also an integral part of the leadership group on the ground," ANI quoted a source as saying.
The 30-year-old seamer, who has picked three wickets in four games at a decent economy of 6.98 this season, was initially thought to be missing a couple of games after captain David Warner, during Hyderabad's games against Mumbai on Sunday, had said the same. As it turned out though, he had been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament. In his absence, Warner called in Siddarth Kaul against Mumbai, but the 30-year-old was hit all around the park, eventually ending his spell conceding 64 for two wickets.
This represents a massive loss for Hyderabad who have already lost Mitchell Marsh to an ankle injury after their first game. Jason Holder was roped in as Marsh's replacement, but the towering West Indies all-rounder is yet to feature in the Indian T20 League.
Meanwhile, the ruling out of Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes hour after it was confirmed that Delhi spinner, Amit Mishra, too, is set to miss the rest of the campaign after picking a finger injury last week against Kolkata.
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