IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile ruled out of remaining season due to injury

Rajasthan Royals have suffered a major setback as Australia pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile has been ruled out of the current season of the Indian Premier League. The Australian fast bowler has sustained an injury during the first match of the season against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Rajasthan. It was the last ball of the over when Coulter-Nile felt uncomfortable while bowling and was unable to complete the over.

The franchise announced on Wednesday that the Australian pacer has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament.

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“Until we meet again, NCN. Speedy recovery,” tweeted Rajasthan Royals.

Earlier, after joining the new franchise, the Australian pacer expressed his gratitude towards the Royals and set a target for himself to help his team win the trophy.

“It’s good to be chosen by the Royals. They have always garnered a solid reputation on the field and have been one of the toughest teams to beat in the competition, whatever the conditions of the game.”

“For me, the goal is to help the Royals win trophies, obviously I would love to be there and help the team, but in a long tournament you have to be prepared to do anything you can by the management and just be yourself. Get ready for the long haul,” NCN said two weeks ago.

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Despite losing their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Royals are currently at the top of the points table. The Sanu Samson-led side has played quality cricket so far in the tournament and a loss against RCB will help them rectify the mistakes going forward in the tournament.

Royals captain Samson was pleased with his team’s performance against Bangalore and took the match till the last over when the dew had a major impact.

He said, ‘I can’t tell a single moment where we lost the match. I thought it was a good attempt to collect that total on such a slow wicket after losing the toss. Jose and Hetmyer batted brilliantly at death. With the dew coming on, it was also a good effort to take the match to the last over. (Did they ask the umpires to change the ball because of dew) No I didn’t, I had faith in my bowlers. DK is a man with a lot of experience. We just need to take our time to set the field. There are a lot of positives to come out of this defeat, and we can learn a lot of things too,” Samson said in a post-match presentation.

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