Kings XI Punjab are set to suffer a big injury blow as their mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy is all set to be ruled out of the competition. The spinner,  who was purchased by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 8.4 crore at last year’s IPL player auction, is in doubt for the remainder of IPL 2019 after fracturing a finger. The franchise released a statement on Tuesday to confirm that the Tamil Nadu man injured himself during the franchise’s visit to Chennai this month which sidelined him for a few weeks.

“It’s unfortunate that Varun picked up the injury. But these things happen in cricket. We have great faith in his abilities and we can only hope that he recovers soon,” Kings XI Punjab’s CEO Satish Menon said in the release.

Varun Chakravarthy was the joint-costliest player in the last auction.  He had hogged the limelight after impressing in the Tamil Nadu Premier League where he helped Siechem Madurai Panthers to their maiden title.  In the first two seasons of the league, Madurai did not win a single game and their winless streak stretched to 15 when they lost their first match of the 2018 season to Dindigul Dragons.

Varun Chakravarthy (Credits: IPL)

He then took 3 for 16 against Chepauk Super Gillies to help Madurai seal their maiden win. As the season progressed, Varun continued to impress. Overall, he bowled 40 overs, and incredibly 125 balls were dots.

His economy rate of 4.7 was the best among bowlers who had bowled at least 15 overs.

Varun Chakravarthy (Credits: ESPN)

However, he just could not make a mark in the IPL.  In his first-ever over in the IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Sunil Narine hit him for three sixes and a four to collect 25 runs. The spinner has not played any game since then. The Kings XI, meanwhile, are currently fifth in the table with 4 wins and as many losses.