Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra has been ruled out of IPL 2020 due to injury. The veteran spinner had suffered an injury to his bowling finger during the game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday.
Mishra had hurt his finger while trying to grab a return catch of Nitish Rana. He dived but got an injury to his finger in the process. He did not bowl any further in that match and returned back to dressing room immediately for medical assistance.
ANI has reported that Mishra will be unavailable for the rest of the season, as per the close sources to the development. On the other hand, Delhi Capitals have a massive task of finding a potential replacement for Amit Mishra.
Mishra has been a legend for Delhi Capitals as he is playing with the franchise for a considerable time. It is almost impossible to find a proper replacement for Mishra at this moment. His experience has helped the team this season but Shreyas Iyer will need to do it without his services for the reminder of the season.
“The reports have come in and it is bad news. He will be unavailable for the rest of the season and we will need to look at a replacement. But the worst part is that he was looking in great rhythm and was bowling really well. His experience was something that was not just helping him in the middle on these UAE wickets, but also the young spinners in the team,” the official said.
Delhi Capitals Need To Find Right Balance
Mishra has been a standout performer for the franchise. But with his absence, the responsibility on Ashwin to pick out wickets will increase further. On the other hand, the team management will be forced to make changes to their winning team.
Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel have been their fifth bowler while Ashwin and Mishra took the job in the middle overs. But Delhi might be forced to play an extra pacer to compensate. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals are looking in superb form this season.
Their batting has been their main strength and the likes of Shaw, Iyer and Pant are in tremendous touch. They are in the top half of the table after winning three out of the four games played so far. Iyer has already suggested that the team felt the absence of Mishra in the post match press conference against KKR.
“Unfortunate to lose Mishra in the middle when he was spinning the ball really well. We were confident we had two good overs left, but anything could happen, it is a funny game is T20s and especially here in Sharjah,” Iyer said.
It will interesting to see how Delhi Capitals’ bowling unit looks in the upcoming games. Needless to say, they will be much weaker unit compared to before when Mishra was present in the team.