Yuvraj ruled out of first two weeks of IPL

The left-hander, who will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad this year, is yet to fully recover from an ankle injury sustained during the latter stages of World T20.

Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor V.V.S. Laxman may have to wait for a couple of weeks at the least to utilise the services of Yuvraj Singh in the IPL. ( File photo)   -  K_R_DEEPAK

Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of action for the first two weeks of Indian Premier League as he is yet to fully recover from an ankle injury sustained during the latter stages of World T20.

“Sadly, Yuvraj will be out for a couple of weeks but we don’t know how long that is going to be,” his coach at Sunrisers Hyderabad Tom Moody was quoted as saying.

The Australian added, “A player like Yuvraj Singh is important to any team. He is not only a match-winner with the bat, but he is a very useful bowler in those middle overs. Going into the auction, we were aware that we needed to strengthen our middle order.

“Hence, we targeted players like Yuvraj and Deepak Hooda to give us that depth in our middle order and they complement what we already have in our squad.”

The India limited overs specialist suffered the injury while batting against Australia in the must-win World T20 game last month.

Moody, who has been at the helm since Sunrisers came into the IPL fold in 2013, believes the team isn’t far off from producing its best result in the tournament.

The team secured a playoff berth in its inaugural season, but ended sixth in two subsequent seasons. Last year, Sunrisers needed one win from its last two games to secure a berth in the playoffs, but lost both games, one of which was a truncated affair against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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