Ashish Nehra ruled out of IPL due to hamstring injury © Getty Images (File Photo) Ashish Nehra ruled out of IPL due to hamstring injury © AFP
Ashish Nehra ruled out of IPL due to hamstring injury © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ashish Nehra ruled out of IPL due to hamstring injury © AFP

A big blow to table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) as Ashish Nehra was ruled out of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 due to hamstring injury. Nehra has been heading the Hyderabad’s bowling department for quite some time now, and with playoffs just around the corner, it is a big blow to Hyderabad’s chances to win this IPL. Nehra has played 8 matches in this IPL, taking 9 wickets at an economy of 7.65. He has been in great touch since Asia Cup T20 2016, continuing his form in ICC T20 World Cup 2016 and then in IPL 9. Hyderabad’s bowling attack is considered by many as the most formidable bowling attack in this IPL. Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Moises Henriques and Nehra’s bowling performances throughout the tournament is the reason SRH have won eight out of their 12 matches to reach No.1 on IPL Points Table. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli could match Sachin Tendulkar if he stays fit, says Michael Hussey

Injuries have been a highlight of Nehra’s career as he kept going in and out of the side getting injured. He made a comeback in the Indian side at the age of 36. He was not only bowling well himself but also guiding youngster Jasprit Bumrah to perform well. His tactics were praised a lot during T20 World Cup 2016, setting the field and imparting information to youngster Hardik Pandya against Bangladesh.

Same was the case with Sunrisers Hyderabad where he guided Bangladeshi sensation Rahman and Sran. Rahman has taken 14 wickets in this IPL so far as batsmen are finding it difficult to crack his code. All in all Nehra provides experience to any side he goes into and his injury is a big reason to worry for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the games to come.

Sunrisers Hyderabad won their previous match against Kings Xi Punjab to book a berth in the playoffs. David Warner has done reasonably well, leading his side from the front. He is currently on No.3 spot in hunt of the Orange Cap with 567 runs. Yuvraj Singh’s back in form and in him they have found the perfect finisher for the rest of the games.

 (Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and believes Sachin Tendulkar is God. His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93)