Mumbai captain Ajinkya Rahane will miss the remaining matches of the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 due to a thigh injury, as reported by Times of India. Rahane has informed the selectors about his unavailability. Subsequently, the in-form batsman Shreyas Iyer will go on to lead Mumbai in the next clash against Karnataka slated to be played on 8th March at Indore. Rahane has failed to hit the straps in the ongoing domestic T20 league. The right-hander has scored only 58 runs in the six matches with the highest score of 31 runs.
Meanwhile, Mumbai has been in fine form in the ongoing tourney. They have won five out of the six matches to top their Group C. Thus, they have qualified for the Super League stage of the tournament. However, Mumbai will miss an experienced campaigner like Rahane.
The injury puts a question mark on IPL.
“He has informed the selectors about his unavailability due to injury,” the sources said.
Meanwhile, Rahane injury would be a concern for his Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals. In fact, Rahane leads Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and had taken them to the playoff stages of the previous season.
Rahane will like to recuperate on time to be fit for the IPL. Furthermore, former Australian skipper Steven Smith will also return to the Rajasthan Royals camp.
Meanwhile, the 12th season of the Indian Premier League will commence from 23rd March. The opener of the season will be played between reigning champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals will begin their IPL campaign with the match against Kings XI Punjab on 25th March. Royals will host the Punjab side at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane had recently shared his disappointment after getting the axe from the India National Cricket Team limited overs side. Rahane had said he deserved more opportunities than he eventually received.