Struggling Rising Pune Supergiants were dealt another major blow as batting mainstay Steve Smith was ruled out of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) following a wrist injury, according to Cricket Australia (CA) .
The Australia skipper is the fourth player to be ruled out of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side after England big-hitter and former skipper Kevin Pietersen, South African Twenty20 skipper Faf du Plessis and Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. This latest injury to Smith adds to the side’s woes as it is struggling to find the right combination and struggling to stay in the tournament
CA confirmed that Smith will return home.
“Steve has been struggling with pain in his right wrist for the last week during his stint in the IPL,” CA Team Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris said in a statement.
“We have been working with his IPL franchise Pune to monitor this and unfortunately it has not resolved. As such, he will return home from India for further assessment and treatment ahead of the Tour of the West Indies.
“From the information we have so far, this doesn’t appear to be a serious injury but we are keen to give him the time to recover and rehabilitate before heading to the West Indies at the end of May,” he added.
Steve Smith’s departure could not have at a worse time for the IPL 2016 debutants Rising Pune Supergiants. Smith has been in roaring form after a rather shaky start. He was the batting hope after Ajinkya Rahane. Smith departs at a time when he was just getting his form and timing right in the tournament. He had already hit a fine hundred and looked in ominous form against Mumbai Indians at Pune. He hit a blazing 43 with towering sixes and showed his trademark class power. (IANS)