IPL 2020: RCB star pacer Navdeep Saini develops a split webbing injury, may not play against MI
First Published 26, Oct 2020, 5:17 PM
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Navdeep Saini develops a split webbing (finger injury) in their clash against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday. The economical bowler might miss their match against Mumbai Indians owing to his injury.
The go-to-man for RCB and one of their main bowlers comprising the pace battery, Navdeep Saini got inflicted with a split webbing injury in their clash against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday. He suffered the injury while attempting to stop the ball off his own bowling - off the last ball in the 18th over owing to which he had to immediately leave the field.
On confirmation with the RCB physiotherapist Evan Speechly, he said "Saini has split his webbing in the last ball there. He obviously got hit on the thumb on the right hand. He has just split the webbing over there. Fortunately, we had a good hand surgeon, he stitched up nicely. So we could just monitor over the night and check it after getting ready for the next game." He even highlighted that Virat Kohli suffered a similar injury in 2016 against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Saini has been the resting pulse for RCB in this season and has proven himself in almost all situations. Saini, who has been with the franchise since 2018, has come up confident and skillful. He has been in-form almost all throughout the season and has five wickets to his name in the 11 matches he has played so far, at an economy of 7.95.
RCB gave him the responsibility in the super over in their clash against Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 28. Despite having Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya on the crease, he proved his mettle and restricted them to just six runs and even took a wicket in the super over.
RCB, who is currently third in the points table might suffer a big blow owing to the injury of their key pacer. Saini might not play against MI on October 28 and Umesh Yadav might be seen as his replacement.