Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the remainder of IPL 2023 with a hamstring injury, his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad revealed on Thursday (April 27).
Washington featured in each of the team’s seven games in the first half of the tournament and after going wicketless in the first six games, he took three wickets in an over for returns of 3 for 24 in the team’s most recent fixture against the Delhi Capitals. The 23-year-old also scored a brisk 15-ball 24* – his highest score in the season – in that game in Hyderabad but was powerless in preventing his side’s third loss on the bounce.
The 2016 champions currently sit ninth in the standings with a 2-5 record. They face the Capitals again in the return fixture at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on April 29 and will have to mount their comeback without the all-round balance that Washington provides them.
This is only the latest in a string of unfortunate injuries for the Tamil Nadu cricketer. Most recently, he injured his left shoulder after landing heavily on it while fielding in a Royal London One-Day Cup game for Lancashire and missed the tour of Zimbabwe. He also suffered a similar hamstring injury last February that forced him to miss T20Is at home against West Indies and subsequently missed a bunch of games for SRH with a hand injury.
In 2021, right after his exploits in the Gabba Test against Australia and the Ahmedabad Test against England, he suffered a finger injury while fielding for a County side in a warm-up game against India at Chester le Street. It ruled him out of the Tests against England, the second half of the IPL as well as the T20 World Cup in the UAE.