Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have announced Windies Test skipper Jason Holder as a replacement for Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh after the later was ruled out of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
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Marsh suffered an ankle injury during SRH’s campaign opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.
Marsh had picked up the injury while bowling the fifth over of the match and could not complete the over as he twisted his ankle in the second delivery while stopping a drive from his countryman and skipper Aaron Finch. He, however, managed to bowl two more balls before pulling out of the over.
He later, courageously, came out to bat at number 10 in SRH’s chase but it was evident that he was finding it even difficult to stand. SRH lost the game by 10 runs.
“It seems a serious injury. I am not sure if he will be able to compete in any of the matches,” a team source told PTI after the match.
Notably, this is the second time in the last five years that Marsh has had to abort the tournament due to injury – in 2017, a shoulder injury cost him the entire IPL season for the Rising Pune Supergiants.
Marsh was roped in by SRH for his base price of INR 2 crore and in their opener, he was picked as the first-choice all-rounder ahead of extra middle-order batsman Kane Williamson and much-favoured Mohammad Nabi.
Meanwhile, Marsh’s replacement Holder has played just 11 IPL matches in his career in which he has picked five wickets and scored 38 runs.