Sunrisers are placed seventh in league with five wins in twelve games. They must win both their remaining games to qualify for the playoffs.
Their playoff run has taken another hit with Vijay Shankar ruled out of the remainder of the tournament.
Vijay Shankar injured his hamstring while bowling and walked off after bowling 1.5 overs against the Delhi Capitals.
His injury wasn’t the only concern that day as Saha didn’t take the gloves as well in the second innings due to a groin injury.
Wriddhiman Saha is fortunate to recover and will be available for selection. The same is not the case with Vijay Shankar, who is now ruled out of the tournament.
Vijay Shankar is an addition to Sunriser’s injury troubles, with the side losing crucial players at the tournament.
They lost their most experienced bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh earlier in the season and have now lost a third player.
A replacement is highly unlikely, considering the tournament is in its later stages, and with quarantine rules, getting a new player into the squad may be difficult.
Vijay Shankar has had injury troubles in the past and was ruled out of the 2019 World Cup mid-way due to a toe injury sustained back then.
The Sunrisers must win both their remaining games to qualify for the playoffs. By winning two games, the Sunrisers will be safe due to their superior net run rate.
Their remaining games, however, are against top-ranked teams such as Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Despite the absence of crucial bowlers, the two contests can still be engaging with Rashid Khan and T Natarajan’s likes rising to the occasion with the ball, keeping one of the best bowling line-ups competitive.