In what would come as a piece of bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad, pacer T. Natarajan has been ruled out of IPL 2021 due to an injury. As per a report in Cricbuzz, the side may have to start looking for his replacement. Sources in the BCCI have asked Natarajan to report back to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.Also Read - AB de Villiers Expresses Desire to Return to RCB in IPL 2023, Calls Bangalore His Second Home

It is now expected that the BCCI will ask the franchise to release the pacer, who is still understood to be with SRH in Chennai. “We have not got the full report but we have been told that he has developed a strain in the knee. He will have to undergo rehab in the NCA,” said the source. Also Read - WATCH: Irfan Pathan Embraces Umran Malik's India Selection With Special Celebration

The pacer did not participate in the last two games for the Hyderabad franchise and speculations had started. The physios who were looking after Natarajan do not know when he picked up the strain as he was at the NCA for two months after the Australia tour. Also Read - India Squad For South Africa: 5 Players Who Missed Out Narrowly | IND vs SA T20I Series 2022

Natarajan is a key member of the SRH outfit. He usually is given the responsibility to bowl in the death as he has the ability to fire in yorkers with a lot of consistency. It would now be interesting to see who replaces him. Will SRH look for a like-for-like replacement or settle for something else?

Meanwhile, SRH finally registered their first win of the season after losing their opening three matches. The win would give SRH confidence going ahead in the tournament. They would now like to string together a couple of wins on the trot to feel comfortable in the league.

The David Warner-led side will take on Delhi Capitals on April 25.