Navdeep Saini has suffered a split webbing on his right hand.
The Royal Challengers fast bowler hurt himself after getting hit on his right thumb in the 18th over.
Bowling the over, Saini bent down to stop the ball and had to leave the field immediately after being hit.
His webbing has been stitched, and he is currently recovering from the injury. The extent of the damage makes him doubtful for Royal Challengers’ next game against Mumbai Indians.
Webbing injuries are common and has even occurred to Navdeep’s skipper Virat Kohli in the past.
When Virat Kohli suffered the same injury, he got it stitched and scored a century the very next game with nine stitches on his hand.
It was in 2016, the year Virat Kohli made 973 runs in a single edition of the IPL.
While Kohli managed to play through the injury, the same may not be the case with Navdeep Saini.
Being a fast bowler, Navdeep’s bowling puts a lot of strain on his hand, and playing with an injury to his bowling hand may threaten his tournament.
Saini has been a vital part of the side, having played in all eleven games so far. He has been very economical throughout and has provided the side with a lot of flairs through his pace.
In case Saini is not fit for the upcoming game, Royal Challengers have Umesh Yadav, who can also be very fast.
Umesh Yadav is a regular member of the Indian side but has only played in two games so far this season.
He has struggled for consistency and is among the more expensive bowlers this season.
Though Saini may miss out on the next game, he may receive good news as he is being considered in the test side against Australia.