Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Washington Sundar will miss the second leg of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the finger injury he sustained in England has not healed completely, the franchise confirmed on Monday.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore's all-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the remainder of the Vivo IPL 2021 due to an impending finger injury,” the franchise said in statement.
The Virat Kohli-led franchise also confirmed Bengal cricketer Akash Deep, a net bowler at the franchise, will replace Sundar for the rest of the season.
“This move reiterates the focus RCB has on grooming and nurturing young players as we continue to develop exceptional talent and create a pathway for youngsters to find their way into IPL and Indian Cricket,” RCB said in a tweet.
Sundar travelled with the Indian squad to England for the ongoing five-match Test series, but returned to India after injuring his finger while playing in a County game that served as a practice match for the visitors.
The 21-year-old was batting when he was hit on the hand by a fierce delivery from Mohammed Siraj, which led to an abrupt end of his tour.
PTI quoted sources saying that Sundar appeared in a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru recently but could not clear his fitness test. Washington is an off-spinner with the knack of pitching in with handy runs with the willow and the situation surrounding his injury will be important in light of the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE.
The World T20 is slated to begin on October 17, two days after the IPL 2021 final will be played at the Dubai International Stadium. It will be interesting to see if Sundar is picked for the World Cup, given he will not play a single IPL game and a number of candidates knocking on the selector’s door.