IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals’ Manimaran Siddharth ruled out of UAE leg

Delhi Capitals (DC) suffered a jolt ahead of the start of the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as their left-arm orthodox bowler Manimaran Siddharth has been ruled out of the tournament after he picked up quadriceps strain during the training session in Dubai.

Issuing a statement, the franchise said: “JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals today announced that left-arm orthodox bowler Manimaran Siddharth has been ruled out of the VIVO IPL 2021 due to an injury. The 23-year-old incurred a quadriceps strain during training in Dubai.”

After the development, DC announced left-arm medium-pacer Kulwant Khejroliya as Siddharth’s replacement.

“Left-arm medium fast bowler Kulwant Khejroliya has been named as Siddharth’s replacement for the remainder of the season. Khejroliya, who is already part of the Delhi Capitals team bio-bubble as a net bowler, has taken 17 wickets in 15 T20 matches at an average of 23.29. The 29-year-old represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2018 and IPL 2019 seasons, taking three wickets in five IPL matches,” it said.

“The Delhi Capitals support staff is currently overlooking Manimaran Siddharth’s rehabilitation programme in Dubai. He will be heading back to India in a few days where he will continue to undergo rehabilitation. The Delhi Capitals franchise wishes him a speedy recovery,” the statement concluded.

Earlier on Monday, DC had announced Australian pacer Ben Dwarshuis as a replacement for Chris Woakes for the upcoming remainder of the IPL 2021 season.

Woakes, the England all-rounder who had picked five wickets in three matches in the first half of the IPL 2021 season, has reportedly out of the tournament citing personal reasons.

In the recent times, various franchises have signed replacements for players, who will miss out the second leg of the IPL due to international commitments or injuries.

Recently, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had announced Bengal cricketer Akash Deep as the replacement for all-rounder Washington Sundar, who was forced to be ruled out of the remainder of the IPL 2021 season.

The franchise said that Sundar had picked a finger injury in England.

While the Virat kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have signed Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Hasaranga had bagged a total of seven wickets, including a four-wicket haul in the final T20I, in the recently held T20I series against India.

RCB also roped in Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Meanwhile, RR had earlier acquired Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer while South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi has been signed to replace Andrew Tye.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) have roped in Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis for Riley Meredith and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid for Jhye Richardson.

On the other hand, KKR have snapped New Zealand’s Tim Southee, who will replace Australia’s Pat Cummins.

The 14th edition of the cash-rich league will resume with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 19.

The season was earlier forced to be postponed in May this year due to the emergence of Covid-19 cases among the players and support staffs inside the bio-bubble.

The BCCI had later, shifted the remaining part of the season to the UAE.

With six wins from eight games during the first half of the 2021 season, Delhi Capitals, the last season’s runners up, sits at the first place in the eight-team standings.

Delhi’s star opener Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter at present after amassing 380 runs from eight innings, with a decent average of 54.29.

On the other hand, Delhi’s pacer Avesh Khan is second amongst wickets in the league’s table after 14 scalps from eight games, with an economy of 7.70.

Delhi will resume their IPL 2021 campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on September 22.

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