Steven Smith was in good touch in the last couple of matches for Rising Pune Supergiants © AFP
Steven Smith was in good touch in the last couple of matches for Rising Pune Supergiants © AFP

Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) batsman and Australia skipper Steven Smith has been ruled out of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 due to a wrist injury. Smith has been in excellent form of late for RPS. He registered his maiden T20 century on Wednesday and has already scored 270 runs  in the tournament so far. This news comes as a major blow for the new franchsie, who have already lost Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis and Mitchell Marsh due to injuries. RPS are currently struggling at the sixth position in the IPL 2016 table with just two wins under their belt. Smith scored 45 in their loss against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Monday. READ: Mitchell Marsh ruled out of IPL 2016 due to side strain

“Steve has been struggling with pain in his right wrist for the last week during his stint in the IPL,” said Cricket Australia Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris, according to cricket.com.au. READ: Faf du Plessis ruled out from IPL 2016 due to injury

“We have been working with his IPL franchise Pune to monitor this and unfortunately it has not resolved. As such, he will return home from India for further assessment and treatment ahead of the Qantas Tour of the West Indies.” READ: Kevin Pietersen ruled out of IPL 2016, big blow to Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS)

“From the information we have so far, this doesn’t appear to be a serious injury but we are keen to give him the time to recover and rehabilitate before heading to the West Indies at the end of May,” said Kountouris.

RPS will have to win their remaining fixtures if they have any chance of making it to the playoffs Chances look dim at the moment and in Smith’s absence, their chances of qualifying will be a bit more difficult.