Delhi Capitals pacer Harshal Patel has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 after suffering a fracture in his right hand, coach Ricky Ponting confirmed in Kolkata on Thursday.
“He has suffered a fracture in his right hand in the game against Kings XI Punjab,” Ponting said.
“It took us a few days to actually get to the bottom of that fracture. He’s had some X-Rays. He’s been ruled out for three-four weeks, which basically ruled him out of the tournament. We need to find a replacement.”
Patel featured in two out of the 6 games for the Delhi-based outfit this season, picking up two wickets for 40 runs in the tied game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), which Delhi Capitals won in the super over, and conceded 37 runs for no wickets in the dramatic 14-run loss against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.
Ponting further revealed that U-19 World Cup winner Manjot Kalra is also nursing a niggle and will have to pass a fitness test ahead of the upcoming game. Opener Kalra has not played a game for Delhi so far.
The Shreyas Iyer-led side have had a mixed season so far. In six matches that Delhi Capitals have played, they have won three matches and lost as many.