IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians' pacer Alzarri Joseph likely to miss remainder of season

Sudhir Gupta 16:43 15/04/2019
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MI's Alzarri Joseph. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Mumbai Indians pacer Alzarri Joseph is likely to be ruled out of the remainder of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign after sustaining a serious injury in his side’s loss to Rajasthan Royals on Saturday.

The West Indies pacer had picked up the injury on Saturday in Mumbai’s clash at the Wankhede while attempting to dive on the field. According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the fast-bowler has sustained a tear in his right arm and is likely to play no further part in his maiden season in the IPL.

Joseph had come into the Mumbai side as a replacement for the injured Adam Milne of New Zealand before he was handed his debut in the clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The fast bowler produced a devastating spell in his maiden IPL outing with his figures of 6-12 being the best-ever recorded in the history of the competition.

Just one week later though, it looks like the Windies man’s IPL has come to an end. The pacer had gone for 22 runs in his two overs in his second outing against Kings XI Punjab while he had already conceded 53 runs in three overs prior to picking up the injury against Rajasthan.

With Joseph likely ruled out, Mumbai will turn towards their veteran pacer Lasith Malinga who has not featured in the playing XI since the side’s clash against Chennai Super Kings on April 3.

Rohit Sharma and his men are next in action on Monday when they take on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede stadium.

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