After losing their first two matches, Rajasthan Royals got another bad news as the South African opener got ruled out of IPL because of injury to his middle finger while fielding in a match with Delhi daredevils. H is now in a race to get fit before ICC world T20 championship which starts from April 30th.
Smith hurt himself while pulling off a diving catch to end Virender Sehwag’s onslaught on 75 in a match Rajasthan lost by six wickets. “I have a double fracture in my right middle finger, so will be missing the IPL,” Smith said on his Twitter page. “I hurt it taking the catch off Sehwag last night, when I landed my finger got hooked in the ground.”
The loss of Smith adds more woes to the Rajasthan team management, as they are already hurt with two consecutive losses in their first two matches. This team is already missing Shane Watson, as he is busy in test series in New Zealand and Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja got banned for this year IPL season. The big hitting pair of Yusuf Pathan and Mascarenhas also picked injuries in the last match.
The overseas batsmen now available for Shane Warne’s team are Hampshire’s Michael Lumb and Australian pair of Damien Martyn and Adam Voges.
This is the second time Smith got his finger injured in the last month, as he got injured during tour to India that kept him away from ODI’s.
Over the last two years, Smith has had several long-standing injury problems. He first suffered a tennis elbow injury during the IPL in India in April 2008 and that forced him to miss the last three ODIs against England the same year. He later broke his hand while facing Australia’s Mitchell Johnson in the third Test in Sydney but bravely batted in the second innings to try and save the game. He missed the subsequent ODI series and decided to delay the surgery on his injured tennis elbow until after the return series against the Australians at home last year.