IPL 2021: SRH batsman Sherfane Rutherford to travel back home after his father's demise

Sherfane Rutherford was signed by the franchise as Bairstow's replacement.

Sherfane Rutherford
Sherfane Rutherford. (Photo Source: Twitter/Sunrisers Hyderabad)

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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) cricketer Sherfane Rutherford’s father passed away on Thursday (September 23). The cricketer is now set to leave the IPL bio-bubble and travel back home to be with his family. The franchise confirmed the news on Thursday evening on its official Twitter handle.

Rutherford was named the replacement of Jonny Bairstow who pulled out of the second leg of the T20 extravaganza at the last moment citing bubble fatigue with a lot of cricket coming up in the next few months. SRH have played only a solitary game in the second leg so far and Rutherford wasn’t a part of the playing XI.

It is not yet confirmed whether the left-handed batter will return for the rest of the season. As of now, it looks unlikely for him to return given the quarantine requirements and SRH’s position in the tournament. The team has already lost seven matches out of eight and mostly won’t make it to the playoffs.

“The #SRH family conveys its heartfelt condolences to Sherfane Rutherford and his family on the passing away of his father. Sherfane will be leaving the IPL bio-bubble to be with his family in this difficult hour,” SRH tweeted while confirming the news.

Sherfane Rutherford was in good form in the CPL and might have played in the next few matches. He has also played for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL before.

SRH go down to Delhi Capitals

As far as SRH is concerned, the team got off to the worst possible start in the second leg of the IPL. They faced the in-form Delhi Capitals side and were blown away in a one-sided encounter. None of their batsmen could even play a significant knock as they ended up on 134/9 in their 20 overs after opting to bat first.

In response, the Capitals were led by Shikhar Dhawan who continued to bat well bagging the Orange Cap again. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant then finished off the job with an unbeaten half-century stand for the third wicket.