Delhi Capitals senior spinner Amit Mishra has been ruled out of the remainder of IPL 2020 due to a finger injury. The leggie sustained a flexor tendon injury to the ring finger of his bowling hand during DC’s fixture against KKR on October 3. Mishra featured in three games this season, picking up three wickets.
In his very first over in his team’s defence of 228 for 4 in Sharjah, Mishra was hurt while trying to take a return catch of Nitish Rana when the ball ballooned up off a leading edge. Mishra dived across and got his hands underneath the ball but couldn’t hold on, and injured himself in the process. He bowled another over and even dismissed Shubman Gill but didn’t bowl again after that, finishing the game with figures of 1 for 14 in 2 overs.
The 37-year-old will now consult with a specialist over the next few days to determine the most appropriate course of management for this injury.
Mishra’s ouster means Axar Patel will walk back into the side as the second spinner alongside Ravichandran Ashwin for Monday’s game against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The franchise already has a leg-spinning option, albeit an overseas one in Sandeep Lamichhane. If they are to consider a like-for-like replacement, some of the Indian options include the likes of S Midhun, Praveen Dubey, Shubham Singh, Ankit Soni or a mystery spinner like KC Cariappa who were all unsold in the auctions.