Nokia Champions League T20 2011 September 26, 2011

Injured Jacobs out of Nokia Champions League T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mumbai Indians' injury worries have deepened with South African opener Davy Jacobs being ruled out of the Champions League Twenty20 with a hip injury.

Jacobs was stretchered off the ground after picking up a hip injury while batting in the nets on Sunday, a day before Mumbai Indians' second match of the tournament, against Trinidad & Tobago in Bangalore.

Harbhajan Singh, the Mumbai Indians captain, confirmed the team was trying to find a replacement. "He's out of the competition," Harbhajan said after Mumbai's final-ball win on Sunday. "I think our management is looking into the matter. We have to have another player in the side; we only have 13 players."

Jacobs joins a long list of injured players for Mumbai Indians, which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel, Ali Murtaza, Dhawal Kulkarni, Suryakumar Yadav, Pawan Suyal, Dhawal Kulkarni and Aditya Tare. The franchise has been allowed to play five foreign players during the Champions League because of the number of injuries to Indian players. With Jacobs injured, however, they now have only six foreign players in their squad.

Harbhajan compared the situation to the one India faced on their recent injury-ravaged tour of England. "Earlier Dhoni had a very tough time in England when the injury list was increasing, and we finished the tour with ten players [injured]; it gets very difficult for any captain. Dhoni was fighting alone there; hopefully it's not my turn now."

Mumbai have a support staff filled with prominent former players, and Harbhajan joked that the team might have to rope them in as cover. "If there are one or two more injuries, we don't know whether we will be able to put up a show," he said. "Might have to bring Jonty Rhodes in then, [Shaun] Pollock also ... and Robin Singh as well."

Jacobs was signed by Mumbai Indians in the January auction ahead of the 2011 IPL, after he had finished second in the run-charts during the 2010 Champions League, leading Warriors to the final. Jacobs only managed 92 runs in six innings during the IPL but impressed with his wicketkeeping. He will fly back to South Africa on Tuesday. "Last year's (Champions League T20) changed my life. Very grateful, will always be a special tournament for me. So sad to leave now! But will be back," Jacobs tweeted on Tuesday morning.

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  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Mumbai Indians shouldn't be pondering so much because they can easily bring in Raymond Price in place of Davy Jacobs since he played just one game for the franchise in this year's IPL... he would be the best replacement for Jacobs and its a good opportunity for M.I. to use him in this tournament... he could bowl in tandem with Harbhajan Singh...

  • Kiran on September 28, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Fools only blame IPL & CLT20 for injuries, bocz its played in INDIA ??? many players get injured in their own country Domestic cricket. no one blames for it, then why only u fools blame indian domestic cricket for it. I think u ppl r are jealous of growing INDIAN CRICKET & money earned due to Cricket, I bet u ppl what ever happens Cricket will run in INDIA... "CRICKET IS RELIGION IN INDIA"

  • Renju on September 28, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    @Harsha_Reddy , I assume MI can still have foreign players on bench from their actual squad. And who knows if they filed Pollock ,Jonty or Robin to make it 11. :) . MI still can injure one more Indian player. :) . At any reason, I don't think new recruit will be allowed. This is all about going beyond auction purse.

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    MI CAN field a legal team of 7 Indians and 4 foreigners and they should have to do that until such time as they can't. It is not the fault of the other teams that they have so many injuries. Now they are talking about replacing a foreign player when they have 6. There are only 2 more games in the pool for MI so why not play with the 13 they have. I could understand if they only had 6 Indian player left but they have 7 so play them. If they had asked if they could recruit a young up and coming Indian talent that was not contracted in the IPL to cover in case of more injuries it would be good for Indian cricket and no one would question it.

  • harsha on September 27, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    @ rens...what would happen if 2 more get injured .. relax rule 1 also ?

  • harsha on September 27, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    LOL this is a competition and some1 saying its not fair on MI as they lost people due to injury does not cut it. THey just cannot make a rule coz some of the team is injured and do not have full squads.. it is the same as some teams loose internationla players during IPL coz they will be representing their country with what you have within the rules... If you have ot break a rule then it should be consistent for all teams... allow a swap of player and the injured gets back into the pool for next auction. If you do not want to let go off him, then play with what you have .... giving exceptions to one team is a FARCE...

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    ok now get chandimal as keeper. same player in two squads for same tournament. that would be awesome :D

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    price wud be the best replacement mumbai arent evn winnin properly btw

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    The problem here with Mumbai is that they have lost 6 players that were in the playing eleven, apart from the reserve players' injuries. Just imagine CSK without Dhoni (MSD is to Chennai what Sachin is to Mumbai), Raina (equivalent to Rohit), Jakati (equivalent to Murtuza), Ashwin (equivalent to Munaf + Dhawal). And reserve injuries. And you get just one foreign player extra as compensation, to compensate for all these people. See? I don't think CSK will get stronger than before. I think that the situation is same with Mumbai. If other IPL teams want 5 imports, then injure 7-8 players, starting with the captain. (I don't mean to hurt anyone by comparing the players mentioned above or anything. I just wanted to explain my point)

  • Rupesh on September 27, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Why is Ray Price not in the squad? is he injured?

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