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Navdeep Saini In Doubt For RCB's Next Match

By Sahil Mathur
Oct 26, 2020 • 15:49 PM

Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) fast bowler Navdeep Saini is doubtful for the team's next match against Mumbai Indians(MI) on 28th October 2020. It has been learned that Saini split is webbing during the match against Chennai Super Kings(CSK). 

RCB's physiotherapist Evan Speechly revealed that Saini split his webbing during the 18th over of the match when he tried to stop the ball of his bowling and he has received stitches. 

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"Saini has split his webbing in the last ball there. He obviously got hit on the thumb on the right hand. He has just split the webbing over there. Fortunately, we had a good hand surgeon, he stitched up nicely. So we could just monitor over the night and check it after getting ready for the next game," said Speechly.

Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli had a similar injury against KKR back in 2016. At that time, Kohli had received eight stitches. However, he played the next match against KXIP and scored a century. Speaking of similarity between two injuries, the physiotherapist said that some people can manage it, some people can't. 

"Virat, four-five years ago, he had it in Kolkata, we managed to stop the bleeding and he smashed a 100 after we got a plastic surgeon who had stitched it," said Speechly.

"Unfortunately, you cannot compare the two injuries. Some people can manage it and some can't. It's also because Saini's injury is on his bowling hand so it puts a lot of pressure on him so I cannot be sure when he will be good to go. I am hoping that he will be good to play in the next game and the rest of the tournament." he further added. 

Navdeep Saini has played a key role in RCB's successful campaign so far in IPL 2020. He has taken five wickets in 11 matches with an economy rate of 7.95.