T Natarajan injury update: The fast bowler from Sunrisers Hyderabad has missed their last two IPL 2021 matches due to an injury.
During the ninth match of the ongoing 14th season of the Indian Premier League between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai last week, Sunrisers Hyderabad had benched fast bowler T. Natarajan to surprise one and all.
It was during an on-field interview that Hyderabad Director of Cricket Tom Moody had revealed that they have rested Natarajan to “manage his workload“.
Natarajan, who continued to sit out in Hyderabad’s next match against Punjab Kings yesterday, was said to have a sore knee. Sunrisers captain David Warner also mentioned that Natarajan couldn’t leave the bio-bubble for scans fearing a seven-day quarantine period upon returning.
“He has obviously got a sore knee. Given the circumstance in these bubbles, if he goes and gets a scan, he obviously has to sit out for seven days. He has to get back in quarantine. We are just monitoring him at the moment. The physios are doing their best to analyse from a face point of view but he obviously has to go out and get a scan at some point,” Warner had said on Wednesday.
T Natarajan injury update
Natarajan, who had missed some part of the recently concluded England series at home due to a similar injury, seems to have aggravated the same. If sources are to be believed, Natarajan will miss the remainder of IPL 2021 and head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for rehab.
“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 close to the development.
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Natarajan’s absence will unequivocally be a huge blow for SRH especially after considering the fact that this was his first season after representing India across formats. In 18 matches for Hyderabad since the last season, Natarajan has picked 18 wickets at an economy rate and strike rate of 8.09 and 23.61 respectively while predominantly bowling the death overs.