Tom Moody, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach, confirmed that veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra has been ruled out of the remainder of this Indian Premier League (IPL) on the eve of his team’s eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Bengaluru.
“Ashish Nehra won’t be fit for remainder of the tournament,” said Moody on Tuesday (May 16). “Yuvraj will be undergoing a fitness test this evening. We’ll be giving him every opportunity to prove his fitness and at this stage, we’re reasonably confident.”
The 36-year-old pacer had pulled up with a hamstring trouble while bowling his second over during SRH’s home game against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) on May 6 and had subsequently missed the remaining league matches of the franchise. Consequent scans revealed a hamstring injury, but the franchise kept their options open even as they waited on their most experienced pacer to recover in time for the playoffs.
“Ashish Nehra has increasingly over the time been challenged with soft-tissue injuries, and that comes with age. As much as anything else, running in and bowling fast is not an easy thing to do when challenged with a few niggles with regard to soft tissue. We knew going into the tournament that Ashish play a vital role for us, but we knew he wouldn’t be available for every game. We knew we had to manage that. Sadly he’s broken down a lot sooner than we expected, not that we were expecting him to break down but you know what I mean.” said Moody.
Nehra had his hamstring operated upon last year, but SRH mentor, VVS Laxman, had mentioned after the Pune game that the new injury was a different one and not the same for which he had undergone an operation.
Adding further anxiety to the team, SRH are also sweating over the fitness of star batsman, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Nabi.
Yuvraj missed SRH’s last league match against Gujarat Lions (GL) with a sore finger, which he sustained while fielding during the game against Mumbai Indians (MI) on May 8. Yuvraj is expected to undergo a fitness test ahead of the Eliminator clash before a final call is taken regarding his participation.
Nabi, on the other hand, had left the field with an injured finger in SRH’s last game against GL. However, Moody was optimistic that their Afghan all-rounder would be fit and available for selection in time for KKR’s clash. “Mohammad Nabi will need to go through a fitness test as well,” said Moody. “He left the field with an injured finger (in the last game). He’s had that finger X-rayed and everything is clear. There’s no fracture or break. But it is on his bowling hand so we have to monitor that and see exactly how he is. He’s a pretty resilient and tough character, so I’ll be surprised if he is not available for selection,” he added.