Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, David Warner gave an update on T Natarajan’s knee injury, and his availability, after his team’s first win of the IPL 2021 on Wednesday against Punjab Kings in Chennai.
T Natarajan featured in SRH’s first couple of games but has been on the bench in their last two matches due to his knee injury. David Warner revealed that the pacer is recovering from a “sore knee” but the extent of the injury is undetermined as he hasn’t got a scan yet.
If the management decides to go for scans, then Natarajan has to leave the bio-bubble, and on return, he would have to serve a week’s quarantine again. Hence, the skipper said, the medical staff is observing him from the outward view of the injury; however, a helpless David Warner stressed that Natarajan has to get a scan done anyway to know the exact extent of the knee issue.
“He (T Natarajan) has obviously got a sore knee. Given the circumstance in these bubbles, if he goes and gets a scan, he obviously has to sit out for seven days. He has to get back in quarantine,” David Warner said on Wednesday.
“We are just monitoring him at the moment. The physios are doing their best to analyse from a face point of view but he obviously has to go out and get a scan at some point,” he added.
In Natarajan’s absence, Khaleel Ahmed has fared impressively with figures of 1/24 and 3/21 against the Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings respectively. Siddarth Kaul supported Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar brilliantly with 1/27 against Punjab. Before the IPL, the Natarajan had missed T20Is and ODIs as well against England.
I am really pleased we got across the line: David Warner
The left-hander was relieved and satisfied with SRH’s first victory of the season. David Warner praised 20-year-old spinner Abhishek Sharma who returned with figures of 2/24 and was trusted to open the bowling.
SRH bowled out KL Rahul’s side to a total of 120 which they comfortably chased down courtesy a 73-run opening stand. SRH, who are now bolstered by the return of Kane Williamson, will take on Delhi Capitals on Sunday.
“I am really pleased we got across the line. He (Abhishek Sharma) is a young guy coming through and he’s exciting. We asked him to work on his bowling a lot more during the series this year and he did that.
“We have got one more game here. No surprises with this wicket, we got to bowl well. It’s all about starting fresh again and take the wicket out of it. Game plan – simple,” the SRH skipper expressed his elation at their first victory.