Delhi Daredevils were all set to kick off their campaign on high and were aiming the trophy this year also. But it seems like the luck is not in their favour as the list of injured players are getting longer. They received a huge setback as JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock, two of their best player in the previous season, were ruled out due to injury. Now they have received another setback as the Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews was also ruled out of the IPL.
Mathews has been ruled out of the ongoing T20I series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka team manager informed that he is not likely to take part in this season of IPL if he is not 100 % fit, especially with the Champions Trophy around the corner.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Sri Lankan manager said,”He is definitely out of the first T20 and he is unlikely to play the second game as well. It’s very disappointing because Angelo had put in the lot of hard work. His hamstring is fine now, but his right calf is not okay.We know how important Angelo is for us and he knows that too. He has told me that he is not likely to go for the IPL if he is not 100 percent fit. Champions Trophy in England and Wales is our next big target and Angelo is fully committed to that.”
The 29-year-old Sri Lankan all-rounder injured himself earlier in the year in the T20I series against South Africa. Since that he has not played an international game. But he was still brought by Delhi side as they were hoping that he will be fit by that time.
But unfortunately, Mathews said that he need more time to be fit and able to give his 100% on the field. He said that the country is more important for him that IPL and is preparing for the Champion trophy this year.
Delhi Daredevils kick off their IPL campaign at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru where they take on the home side Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 8. They have other players like Corey Anderson, Chris Morris, and Carlos Brathwaite who could replace the Sri Lankan all-rounder in the squad. Now we have to wait for the start of the IPL to see how much Delhi side miss the services of Mathews.