Rishabh Pant was seen limping while taking Varun Aaron’s catch on the last ball of the match against Rajasthan Royals. It wasn’t thought to be serious at the time. But he missed Delhi Capitals’ match against Mumbai Indians and was replaced by Australian Alex Carey. Shreyas Iyer confirmed that Pant has been advised a week’s rest by the doctors.
However, if recent reports are to be believed then he could be out for a bit longer than a week. It has been reported by ANI that Pant has suffered a Grade 1 tear and is likely to miss more than a couple of games.
Speaking to ANI, a DC source on conditions of anonymity confirmed that Pant has suffered a tear. “He has a Grade 1 tear and it is not just a hamstring pull as was believed to be. He is under observation and we are hoping he gets fit quickly,” the source said.
While DC skipper Shreyas Iyer had said he was not sure about Pant’s availability after the game against Mumbai Indians, the DC management had called it soreness due to a hamstring pull.
Pant on Friday limped his way to complete the catch off Varun Aaron’s bat as Delhi Capitals celebrated an emphatic win over Rajasthan Royals at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Before that, he was seen struggling with reaching the wickets for the throws from the deep as well. But it started with a sprint towards mid-wicket to stop a quick single earlier in the innings.
Earlier on Monday, ANI had reported that DC had requested the IPL authorities for a replacement for fast bowler Ishant Sharma after he was ruled out of the tournament.
“The pacer experienced an acute episode of left rib cage pain while bowling at a team training session on October 7 in Dubai. Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a left internal oblique muscle tear,” DC later informed through a release.
Before that, leg-spinner Amit Mishra was ruled out of the IPL as he hurt the ring finger on his bowling hand. Trying to pick a return catch off Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana’s bat, Mishra injured a tendon. In the end, he was ruled out of the tournament and had to undergo surgery.
There have also been other injury scares with Ravichandran Ashwin hurting his shoulder during the first game of the tournament. Fortunately, it was not anything serious and the spinner was back in the team post-recovery.
(with ANI inputs)