Injury concerns for Rajasthan trio
Rajasthan Royals are in danger of losing three senior players to injuries ahead of their next match in Bangalore on March 18. Yusuf Pathan, Graeme Smith and Dmitri Mascarenhas were hurt during the six-wicket defeat against Delhi Daredevils in Ahmedabad, and a final word on the nature of their injuries is likely to be known by Wednesday.
Shane Warne, Rajasthan's captain, said Mascarenhas turned his ankle during his run-out, Smith ran his finger into the ground as he finished taking a catch off Virender Sehwag while Yusuf "popped" something in his shoulder while diving on the field.
Warne admitted the injuries have now put a question mark over the availability of the concerned players for the next match, and that Rajasthan could not have found themselves in a worse situation.
"He [Mascarehnas] was only limping, though he could hardly walk. He showed a lot of courage to come out and bowl. His ankle is in ice," Warne said. The Rajasthan captain feared Graeme Smith, who had rushed to take an X-ray immediately after the match, might have broken his finger. "Yusuf might've popped something in his shoulder," Warne said. "Not much to smile about, outplayed in everything, and injuries to three pretty big players as well. Can't get much worse than that," he declared with a grin.