IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals’ Harshal Patel ruled out

Harshal Patel suffered a fracture in his right hand during the match against Kings XI Punjab on April 1.

Harshal Patel bowls during Delhi Capitals' match against Kolkata Knight Riders in New Delhi on March 30.   -  AP

Delhi Capitals seamer Harshal Patel was ruled out of the remainder of the IPL owing to a fracture in his right hand, coach Ricky Ponting said on Thursday.

“He has suffered a fracture in his right hand in the game against Kings XI (on April 1). 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,” Ponting said at the pre-match conference.

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Patel has featured in two out of the six games for the Delhi-based outfit this season, picking up 2/40 in the tied game against Kolkata Knight Riders, which Delhi won in the super over. He had conceded 0/37 in the 14-run dramatic loss against the Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.

Ponting further said left-handed top order batsman Manjot Kalra also has a niggle in his right arm and thus has to clear a fitness test.

“We need him to pass a full fitness test today. So that’s the reason we’ve got as many guys here on trial.”

The Shreyas Iyer-led side has had a mixed season so far. In six matches that Delhi Capitals has played, it has won three matches and has lost three matches. It will take on KKR on Friday.

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