IPL 2019: MI’s Alzarri Joseph hurts shoulder while fielding in RR game at the Wankhede
He has gone wicketless ever since his stupendous IPL debut against the SRH.
Published - Apr 14, 2019 11:26 am | Updated - Apr 14, 2019 11:26 am
A lot of West Indian players have made names in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 and one among those is Alzarri Joseph, the 22-year-old pacer from Antigua. The Mumbai Indians (M) bowler took six wickets for 12 runs in the very first match of his IPL career this year against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and in the game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) earlier this week, he came up with a handy innings late in the game to see the MI pick a crucial win in the last ball of the match.
Joseph though did not pick any wickets in the next two games that he has played after flooring the Sunrisers but what made things worse for the blue-and-gold side is that he sustained what seemed like a serious shoulder injury during the game against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. He went for quite a few runs in the game, conceding 53 in just three overs before suffering the injury.
Bumrah too suffered a shoulder injury in MI’s first game
It was in the 19th over of the RR’s chase. The visitors needed 13 to win in 10 balls and the batsman Shreyas Gopal made a strike off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah that went past Joseph at mid-off. The young Caribbean did not give up and gave a big dive at the end to stop the ball from reaching the ropes. In the process of the valiant try, Joseph hurt his right shoulder and was seen clutching it and writhing in pain.
The MI physiotherapist Nitin Patel rushed to his aid and the bowler was taken off the field. It reminded of a similar injury that Bumrah had suffered in the MI’s first game against this season which was against the Delhi Capitals (DC) though he returned quickly. There was no immediate information from the MI camp over Joseph’s injury, said a News18 report.
Saturday was a bad day in office for Joseph as he was plundered for 28 runs in over by Jos Buttler who hit 89 off 43 balls to see the RR winning by 4 wickets and bagged the man of the match award.