Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler Navdeep Saini is doubtful for the game against Mumbai Indians after an injury to his right hand. Saini split his right hand webbing during the game against Chennai Super Kings. He tried to stop the ball while bowling in the 18th over of CSK’s innings. (IPL 2020 full coverage)
RCB chief physiotherapist Ivan Spechley revealed the news while talking to RCB TV after the match. Saini said that Saini distributed her webbing on the last ball. He was apparently hit on the thumb of the right hand. He has just divided the webbing there. Luckily, we had a good surgeon, he was well stitched. So we can monitor overnight and watch it as we prepare for the next game.
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Virat Kohli suffered a similar injury against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2016. Kohli had eight stitches in his right hand before coming to bat. He had scored 75 * runs match-winning innings. In the next game, Kohli scored 113 runs in just 50 balls against Kings XI Punjab.
Talking about Virat’s injury, Speechly said: “Virat, four-five years ago, he was in Kolkata, we managed to stop the bleeding and he strangled a plastic surgeon after stitching 100. . “
There was no confirmation on when Saini would be fit to return. “Unfortunately you cannot compare the two injuries. Some people can manage it and some don’t. It is also because Saini has an injury on his bowling arm, so it puts a lot of pressure on him so I am not sure when he will be good. I am hoping to play well in the next game and the rest of the tournament.
Saini has been instrumental in the success of RCB so far in IPL 2020. He has taken five wickets in 11 matches so far in the tournament and scored at an economy rate of 7.95. RCB are currently placed third in the points table with seven from 11 matches.
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