After being stretchered off the field during Mumbai Indians’ match against Rising Pune Supergiant, it has been revealed that Ambati Rayudu has suffered a groin injury, and will be out of action for at least 10 days as his recovery begins. Rayudu has a grade-1 tear in his groin, and is Mumbai Indians’ first injury setback in this year’s Indian Premier League.
Speaking about Rayudu’s injury, Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene said, “Rayudu has had a scan, he’s got a grade-1 tear. We’ll assess him after about seven to eight days. Then he’ll start some casual rehab training. We just need to work on him on a weekly basis and see how best we could get him back to playing fitness. So for now, at least for 10 days he’s going to be out and we’ll decide after that.”
With Rayudu out of action, it is possible that Mumbai Indians will contemplate playing another spin bowler, with Harbhajan Singh being the likely option. The team has a deep batting line-up, with Hardik Pandya coming in as late as number 8. Jayawardene also spoke about Harbhajan’s exclusion in the last match, and insisted that he was not dropped.
Jayawardene said, “Harbhajan wasn’t dropped (for the match against Pune). It’s just a combination that we decided tactically. Given the opposition, that’s the way we wanted to go. They had eight right-handers in the top ten, except for Stokes.” Mumbai Indians play their next match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium.