IPL 2018, MI vs SRH: Bhuvneshwar Kumar out of Sunrisers Hyderabad squad
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been suffering with a back injury, in the match. Skipper Kane Williamson, however, is hopeful of the return of hard-hitting all-rounder Yusuf Pathan, who missed the Chennai Super Kings game with cramps problem.
The Indian Premier League standings, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s chances of going further up on Tuesday took a big blow as a key bowler and vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of the Mumbai Indians match with a back injury. SRH skipper Kane Williamson confirmed the same on the eve of the MI encounter, revealed that the pace bowler did not travel with the team to Mumbai. After winning the first three of their five games in the tournament, SRH lost the remaining two and still remain far from featuring their best playing XI.
Hyderabad pace spearhead is down due to a back niggle and has hence been advised rest. “Bhuvi did not travel with the team and is not playing the next match. Shikhar we are hoping will be fine for tomorrow,” Sunrisers captain Williamson told a select group of journalists. The team has had to deal with the absence of key players recently. Left-handed opening batsman Dhawan had also suffered a hit in the elbow against Kings XI Punjab and couldn’t feature in the Chennai Super Kings game.
Williamson also confirmed that all-rounder Yusuf Pathan is likely to feature against Mumbai after suffering from cramps during the CSK game previously. “I am not 100 percent sure on how Yusuf is. I know he did have some cramps but hopefully, he will be ok and come tomorrow night,” added Williamson.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who hasn’t been at his absolute best this season, has received the captain’s backing to bounce back after poor show against KXIP and CSK, where he was hit for 55 and 49 runs respectively.
Rashid is a world class bowler. T20 cricket does not make exemptions for any bowler to escape pressure. Any bowler can be hit, so that’s the nature of the game and I suppose he has learnt a huge amount in such a short period of time..