Calcutta: Rajasthan Royals were dealt a massive blow ahead of their CLT20 summit clash as batsman Brad Hodge, who injured his left knee in the semi-final, was declared unfit for Sunday’s final.
The event technical committee has approved wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera as a replacement for Hodge. It has also approved Sachin Baby’s name as a replacement for Shaun Tait, who sustained a hamstring injury during a practice session on September 20. Hodge had collided with Shane Watson, whose head hit the former’s knee, at the point region, during the final over of the Chennai Super Kings’ chase in the first semi-final at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, in Jaipur, on Friday.
The Australian had to go off the field immediately. Later, scans revealed that he sustained a Grade2-3 MCL ligament tear on his left knee.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has been fined after his team maintained a slow over rate the semi-final clash against Trinidad & Tobago. They were assessed to be one over behind the required rate after allowances were taken into consideration.