Diarytimes Media Network, Shimla Published by : Kumud Sharma, Updated April 20, 2023 by Diary Times
England fast bowler Reece Topley, who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, has been ruled out of the league following an injury. Dislocated right shoulder during his side’s opening match against Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 2.
On his debut, Topley took 1/14, dismissing Cameron Green, but injured his shoulder while diving down the ground. He had traveled to Kolkata for his team’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but was replaced by compatriot and all-rounder David Willey in the playing XI. Topley has returned to Britain.
“Unfortunately, Reece has to go back home as he has been ruled out of the tournament,” Royal Challengers head coach Sanjay Bangar was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo on Thursday night’s IPL World Feed against Kolkata Knight Riders.
“We did our best to keep him here, but the treatment and the experts suggest he’s going to be out for a while,” the coach said.
After entering the December auction with a starting price of INR 75 lakh (approximately £75,000) by Royal Challengers, Topley was acquired for INR 1.9 crore (approximately £190,000). Both Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians made offers for him. After Will Jacques and Rajat Patidar, he is the third member of the Royal Challengers to suffer an injury that will rule him out this season.
Topley has experienced a number of injuries throughout his professional career, most recently missing last year’s T20 World Cup in Australia when he injured his ankle while stepping on a boundary cushion before a warm-up game. Was.
According to Bangar, Josh Hazlewood and Wanindu Hasaranga are expected to join the squad on April 10 and April 14 respectively. On 10 April, the Royal Challengers hosted the Lucknow Super Giants at home, and Bangar did not completely dismiss Hasaranga’s potential to play.
“Hasaranga will arrive for us on the 10th, so depending on the timing of his arrival and how he copes with the long flight from New Zealand, we will have to think [about] that,” he said. “But in the meantime, Karn [Sharma] has taken his chances really well, so it’s another headache for us – but it’s good.”
According to Bangar, Hazlewood could make a return from Achilles injury on April 17 against Chennai Super Kings. According to the bowler, he will have to wait for either of his games on April 20 or 23 to make a comeback.
“Josh is due on the 14th,” said Bangar. “He will have a few sessions with us and should hopefully be ready to go by the 17th,” concluded the coach.
Coming into the match, explosive half-centuries from opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz (57 off 44 balls) and lower-order batsmen Shardul Thakur (68 off 29 balls) and Rinku Singh (46 off 33 balls) put on a sixth wicket partnership with Shardul. Century partnership for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) reached a mammoth score of 204/7 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Thursday.