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Injured Laxman to miss rest of IPL
May 13, 2008 21:11 IST
Last Updated: May 13, 2008 21:30 IST
In a setback to the beleaguered Hyderabad Deccan Chargers, its captain VVS Laxman, who sustained an injury on his right wrist, has been ruled out of the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League.
Laxman told reporters in Delhi that his injured right wrist will take two weeks to heal completely, which virtually gives him no chance to play in the remaining matches. His team's last league tie is on May 27.
"It will take two weeks for my wrist to heal completely. So I am not playing for two weeks and (Adam) Gilchrist will lead the side," said Laxman, who met the media with straps on his injured wrist at a children's programme ahead of their match against Delhi Daredevils here on Thursday.
In Hyderabad, team CEO J Krishnan confirmed that Laxman's injury, below the right wrist, has been diagnosed as a hairline fracture and he will not play in the remaining matches.
The stylish batsman injured his wrist during the match against Bangalore Royal Challengers in Bangalore on May 3, his team's sixth match. After that Gilchrist led the side.
Laxman said his team is not being put under pressure from the franchise owner -- the Deccan Chronicles -- despite having won just two of their nine matches so far, unlike what had happened to Bangalore Royal Challengers.
"We are not being pressurised by out team owners. They know their cricket and we are in this position (bottom) because we lost a few close games. I am very happy at the way they (the owners) are supporting the players," he said.