Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) star pacer T Natarajan turned positive on the day of the first match of the second phase of the IPL against the Delhi Capitals and was replaced by Umran Malik. He was immediately sent to isolation. Natarajan will not be able to play for now. In his place, Hyderabad picked Jammu and Kashmir medium pacer, Umran Malik, for a limited time.
Umran in as short time replacement for Natarajan in SRH
According to Article 6.1 of the IPL, franchises can recruit new cricketers for a limited period of time for any important reason. As long as the original player is not joining the team, the replacement player can play. Umran Malik will be able to play for Hyderabad until Natarajan recovers. This has been said in the notification of IPL.
Umran Malik has played only one T20 match so far. And played a List ‘A’ match. In his only Twenty20 match against Railways in January this year, Malik took three wickets for Jammu and Kashmir.
Not only Natarajan has been affected by the corona, but six other cricketers have also been sent to isolation to come in contact with him. In the meantime, Sherfane Rutherford’s father has passed away and he has returned to the country. He was picked by Hyderabad as a replacement for Johnny Bairstow. So the Hyderabad team is under a lot of pressure from all sides.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has played a match in the second phase of IPL. They lost in one. They have won only one match in 8 matches. They lost the remaining 7 matches. The last boy in the league list in Hyderabad with two points. The hope of going to the playoffs is practically over. Now the only goal in front of the cricketers of this team is to increase their value by performing well. So that any franchisee will buy them at a good price in the next IPL!