Dubai: Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer said senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is hopeful of recovering from his shoulder injury before their next IPL game but a final call on his availability will rest with the team physio.
Ashwin endured dream and nightmare in a space of six deliveries as he scalped two KXIP batsmen and then suffered a suspected shoulder dislocation on Sunday.
"I briefly spoke to Ashwin, and Ashwin said he'll be ready for the next game. But at the end of the day it's the physio's decision," Iyer said after Delhi Capitals beat Kings XI Punjab in Super Over in their opening IPL 13 match on Sunday night.
"He's a strong-minded guy and hopefully he will be available."
Brought in during the final Powerplay over, Ashwin first got rid of Karun Nair and then bowled Nicholas Pooran through the gate but a needless dive to stop a single off the last delivery saw him land awkwardly on his left arm with shoulder taking the jerk.
Writhing in pain, Ashwin's jersey became a temporary sling as he left the field along with Capitals' physio Patrick Farhard.
A shoulder dislocation could rule Ashwin out of tournament, which has been shifted to UAE this year because of rising COVID-19 cases in India.
It is Ashwin's first season with Delhi Capitals. He had played for Kings XI Punjab last year.
Difficult to see game turn in different directions: Iyer
Iyer said it was difficult to comprehend the ebbs and flows of a roller coaster IPL match against Kings XI Punjab which ended in a Super Over win for his side.
Marcus Stoinis’ all-round brilliance along with Kagiso Rabada’s Super Over finesse won the game for the Capitals after both teams scored 157 in regulation time.
“It was difficult to see the game turning in different directions. We are used to this. Even last season we faced these. KG is the winning performer, and the way Stoinis batted was game-changing,” Iyer said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Losing captain KL Rahul called it “bittersweet” as at the halfway stage of their innings, they had all but lost the game before Mayank Agarwal got them back in the match.
“It is bittersweet. If at the end of 10 overs, if you had said this match is going to a Super Over, I would have taken it. It's still our first game, so lots of learning. He (Mayank) was unbelievable and to get a game that close was magical. He's been doing well in Tests and to get the game that close again brings a lot of confidence in the group,” Rahul said.
Rabada said he managed to hold on to his nerves.
“There’ll always be nerves for me no matter how long I play when things get tight. Luckily it came off today,” he said.
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