RR’s Nathan Coulter-Nile ruled out of the remainder of IPL

The Rajasthan Royals all-rounder sustained a side strain against SRH


Rajasthan Royals will miss the services of Aussie all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile for the rest of the season. Coulter-Nile got injured in RR’s opening encounter against SRH and could only bowl 3 overs of his entire quota. His omission made way for young Indian pacer Navdeep Saini’s entry into the playing XI.

Coulter-Nile was signed for Rs 2 crores INR in the mega auctions. A clinical seamer who can score runs briskly as well, the Aussie’s absence will be a huge blow for RR. The 34-year old will fly back to Australia to undergo rehabilitation. The franchise formally notified the news in a video where the head physio of Royals John Gloster wishes him a speedy recovery.

“I had the pleasure of introducing Nathan, when he first came into the bubble and into our family. Unfortunately, I have got the hard task of wishing him farewell. It’s always hard to lose someone, particularly when it’s through injury.
And you know, we were really looking forward to spend a lot of time with you throughout this tournament. But unfortunately, that’s not going to be. He’s leaving us tomorrow morning. But, you know you’re a big part of us. What you’ve given already has been massive to us. Having you around the group, given we have learned a lot from you as well. So travel safely and anything you need from us, we are always here. We look forward to having you back with us whenever that might be, safe travels”,

Gloster said while addressing the team on Coulter-Nile’s injury

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The franchise has not announced any replacement for the all-rounder as of now. RR were off to a flying start with 2 big wins but finally tasted defeat against rivals RCB in their last match. They will face the KL Rahul-led LSG in their next clash in Wankhede. Royals will be upbeat to be back on track after their first loss in the season.