Andhra pacer Prithvi Raj Yarra was roped in as Bhuneshwar Kumar’s replacement after the latter was ruled out due to a hip injury that he sustained in the last game that Hyderabad played against Chennai. He is the second Sunrisers Hyderabad player to be ruled out of IPL 2020 after Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. The 22-year-old left-arm pacer from Andhra Pradesh was with the Kolkata Knight Riders last season, incidentally making his debut against SRH in Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad officially announced Yarra as Bhuvi’s replacement earlier in the day on Twitter. Meanwhile, Bhuvi played just four games for SRH taking picking three wickets at an economy rate of 6.98.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is ruled out of #Dream11IPL 2020 due to injury. We wish him a speedy recovery!
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) October 6, 2020
Here are some unknown facts about Prithvi Raj Yarra:
1) The 22-year old belongs from Vishakhapatnam. and had played for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2019. He played two matches for KKR, conceding 57 runs at an economy of 11.40.
2) He dismissed his SRH skipper David Warner in that game. He also played against Rajasthan Royals in his second game of the season at Eden Gardens.
3) Yarra idolises former Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson and wishes to dismiss Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the IPL.
4) Yarra impressed the Andhra selectors in the 2017-18 season of the Vijay Hazare trophy. He even clocked nearly 150 kmph in the tournament getting the keen eye of the selectors.
5) Yarra will possibly get his first chance for Sunrisers Hyderabad when they play against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the return fixture. RCB beat SRH in the first meeting between both teams in Dubai in match 3 of IPL 2020.
Meanwhile, an SRH official, confirmed the unavailability of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the remainder of the tournament, after their game against CSK.
“Bhuvneshwar will not be able to take further part in the IPL 2020 as he has been ruled out with a hip injury. A big blow for sure as he is someone who leads the bowling unit and is also an integral part of the leadership group on the ground,” a team official had said on Monday.