Rayudu to be absent from IPL action for 10 days

The Mumbai Indians batsman has a groin injury, and will be assessed after about 7-8 says, its head coach Mahela Jayawardene has said.

Ambati Rayudu is stretchered off the field on Thursday.   -  AFP

A groin injury has ruled out Mumbai Indians batsman Ambati Rayudu for 10 days. Rayudu suffered the injury during his team’s first match against Rising Pune Supergiant.

“Rayudu has had a scan. He’s got a grade 1 small tear. We’ll assess him after about 7-8 days. Then he’ll start some casual rehabilitation and training. We just want to monitor him on a weekly basis and see how best we could get him back in playing condition. For now, he’s going to be out for 10 days for sure,” said MI head coach Mahela Jayawardene.

Jayawardene is keen that his team makes a quick turnaround. “We have had situations where we have not had good starts. It’s something that I definitely wanted to change and that was my mindset going into the first game as well, with a very positive and attacking mindset. But this is what T20 cricket is about. We took the game to the last two balls and that’s where we lost it. There were a lot of positives out of it. We had quite a few younger players playing, which was great. The other guys who are coming from injury are gradually getting into things as well. To have Malinga gives us more options in our attack. It’s important that we start well, especially given the fact that we’ve got eight games in around 18 days.”

About Kolkata Knight Riders, which scored a resounding victory against Gujarat Lions, Jayawardene said: “They’re a very good opposition, a very formidable unit. KKR is an experienced side and its group has been together for quite some time now. They know how to win matches, how to win championships. They showed yesterday how clinical they were against Gujarat. We have to be very mindful of that. But we have to play to our strengths and we’ve got a very good team. We have to just go out and execute our game plans and have a good game.”