In what comes as a jolt for the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford has left the bio-bubble amid the ongoing IPL 2021 to return to his family after the demise of his father.
Sherfane Rutherford was roped in as the replacement for English all-rounder Jonny Bairstow, who pulled out of the tournament citing bubble fatigue, ahead of the resumption of the tournament. However, he left the SRH camp in the UAE on Thursday to be with his family upon learning the news of his father.
“The #SRH family conveys its heartfelt condolences to Sherfane Rutherford and his family on the passing away of his father. Sherfane will be leaving the IPL bio-bubble to be with his family in this difficult hour,” Sunrisers said in a social media statement.
The 23-year old West Indies all-rounder was just signed by the franchise before the resumption of the second leg of the IPl in the UAE. He was in a sublime form as in the just-concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021. He represented St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and aggregated 263 runs in 11 matches and played a pivotal role in helping the team clinch the CPL 2021 title. The player, however, was not included in the West Indies squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which is all set to get underway in Oman and the UAE from October 17.
The Guyanese batter has previously played in the IPL in 2019 when he represented Delhi Capitals. He registered 73 runs in seven innings in that season.
Rutherford has joined the class of unavailable players in the SRH team, being the third to do so. With only one victory in the tournament so far, the team is reeling at the bottom of the points table. The unavailability of another player has definitely put them in a tight spot. Earlier, T Natarajan tested positive for Covid-19, which also led to Vijay Shankar being isolated as he was recognised as a close contact of the bowler.
SRH is yet to announce a replacement for Rutherford. They play their next IPL 2021 game against Punjab Kings in Sharjah on Saturday.
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