Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Harry Gurney is in a race against time to be fit for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after injuring his shoulder. The left-arm pacer has been ruled out of the 2020 Vitality Blast because of the shoulder injury.
He will undergo an operation in September, which puts him in doubt for the forthcoming season of the IPL as well. The thirteenth edition of the IPL is scheduled to start on September and finish on November 10. Harry Gurney has less than a month to get fit for the tournament in UAE.
After being ruled out of the Vitality Blast, the Notts Outlaws star expressed his disappointment and said he is ‘devastated’ to miss the tournament after waiting for so long for the action to resume.
“Having gone through the same frustrations as everyone this year in waiting for cricket to restart, I’m devastated to have to miss the Blast,” he was quoted as saying by trentbridge.co.uk.
“Some of the proudest moments in my career have been with Notts, and nothing quite compares to being out on the field at Trent Bridge competing for trophies with some of my best mates. To have that taken away for a year is tough.
“I have a huge amount of faith in the squad of players and in their ability to go deep in the tournament. I’ll be cheering them on for sure, and will be there with a word of advice or tactical input whenever it’s needed,” added Harry Gurney,
Kolkata Knight Riders are yet to give an official word on the replacement, in case Harry Gurney is ruled out of the tournament. He made his debut in the IPL last season and played 8 matches for the Kolkata-based outfit. In those 8 games, he picked up 7 wickets.