Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament. This comes as a big news for Sunrises Hyderabad and all of their fans as they have two crucial matches ahead and need to win both in order to keep their playoffs hopes alive. The out-of-favor India all-rounder has been ruled out of the tournament due to a grade two injury. He had suffered the injury during SRH’s last clash against Delhi Capitals. The all-rounder had pulled his hamstring while bowling his second over against DC.


He didn’t get a chance to bat as SRH had piled up 219 runs while losing just two wickets. With the ball, he could just bowl 1.5 overs before walking off the field. Captain David Warner had to then bowl the remaining one ball of the over. He had to go through a concussion test in SRH’s previous encounter against KXIP as well, and had come out fine. recover from the hamstring injury and will thus no further part in IPL 2020. As far as his performance in the ongoing competition is concerned, he played 7 games and scored 97 runs including the match-winning fifty against Rajasthan Royals. He also picked up four wickets with his medium pace. This is a major issue for SRH as they now need to accommodate another Indian player in their middle order. SRH have another injury issue as Saha Saha was also suffering from a groin injury and had not kept the wickets. In his absence, Srivats Goswami had to keep the wickets. Following the game, Warner had confirmed both injuries but was optimistic about their return, saying:


“Unfortunately, he’s (Saha) got a little groin niggle but hopefully, it isn’t too bad. Shankar has a hamstring issue as well.” It is safe to say that SRH have had the most issues with respect to injuries as their key players Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mitchell Marsh were ruled out earlier due to injuries. SRH are currently at the seventh spot in the points table with 5 wins from 12 games. They are still in the playoff race and could make it to the next round if they win their remaining games and the other results go their way. The David Warner-led side will be in action on Saturday when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore.

By Arvind Krishnan

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