IPL news April 26, 2013

Injured Samuels returns to Jamaica


Pune Warriors have suffered a setback with West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels returning to Jamaica to recover from a groin strain and to be with his mother, who broke her knee. Samuels is likely to miss the rest of Warriors' IPL campaign, with the franchise languishing near the bottom of the league.

Samuels, one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year announced earlier this month, played only two matches, scoring eight runs and taking one wicket. He remained with Warriors for a while but the groin injury failed to improve, so Samuels requested the management to release him so that he could be with his mother in hospital.

"The groin injury was taking time to heal, but after he received news about his mom having her knee plate fractured, he became restless and asked if he could head back home," Abhijit Sarkar, Warriors' spokesperson, told ESPNcricinfo. He confirmed the franchise would not seek a replacement for Samuels. According to Sarkar, Samuels could return if he recovered from injury and Warriors made the knockouts.

After returning from a two-year ICC ban, Samuels' resurgence was dramatic: he was West Indies' best batsman on the tour of England in 2012. He was the Man of the Match in the 2012 World Twenty20 final, which West Indies won, and had come to the IPL after recovering from a facial injury suffered during the Big Bash.

Samuels' absence added to Warriors' problems this IPL season. They have lost their last three matches - Chris Gayle demoralised them by smashing Twenty20 records in Bangalore - and have only two wins after eight games. Warriors are currently above last-placed Delhi Daredevils, their next opponent at the IPL's newest venue - Raipur - on Sunday.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Derek on April 30, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    @TNAmarkFromIndia its worth remembering where Marlon's problems began. He will perform when he has to.

  • Himanshu on April 27, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    "setback"? Not really. Some players are overperformers in IPL (e.g. Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir) and some are underperformers. Marlon Samuels is one of the underperformers. He has failed almost every single innings for the Pune Warriors, both last year and this year. Pune is better off without Samuels.

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Pune final XI for next game should be 1.finch, 2.utappa,3. y.singh, 4.Smith, 5. Wright, 6. Suman,7.Nayar, 8.Rasool, 9.Parnell, 10.B kumar, 11.R.Sharma

    They can have 2 options of spin and 4 Options of fast medium........i hope this would be right combination

  • o on April 27, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    It's a shame we haven't seen much of Marlon in the IPL his World Cup final innings is easily the best T20 knock of all time.He's the only batsman to ever completely own Malinga ! no one else has ever destroyed Malinga the way he did ! I hope next year we get to see him playing a prominent roll at a franchise like the other West Indians Gayle Smith Pollard Bravo Narine and even Cooper have done so far.

  • o on April 27, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    @Anand Kannan NO way can Yuvi ever be as successful as Gayle, he doesn't have the technique mind or focus and he's scared of the short ball

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    @funkyandy You are one nice human being !!!

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    They have the right team, they need to find the right XI... with Donald?!?!? not sure they would... Taylor, Wright, Smith and Finch the 4 overseas will take them to another couple of wins

  • Ramakrishnan on April 26, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Sahara's is facing very bad times with SEBI and the misfortune situations are coming to their cricket team also. Hope they recover quickly enough on all sides.

  • thomas on April 26, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Pune stinks-maybe they should get Sachin :))