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Hamstring injury ends McCullum’s IPL 10

Wisden India logo Wisden India 5/05/2017

Brendon McCullum's IPL tournament has come to a premature end. © AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool Brendon McCullum's IPL tournament has come to a premature end. Gujarat Lions suffered another blow in what has been a miserable Indian Premier League 2017 campaign, as Brendon McCullum was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a left hamstring strain, which he suffered during their match against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday (May 4).

McCullum, Gujarat’s second-highest run-getter behind Suresh Raina (395) with 319 runs from 11 games, is the third overseas player from the franchise to be ruled out of the tournament.

Dwayne Bravo was around with the team but didn’t play a single game because of a hamstring injury, and was replaced in the squad by Irfan Pathan after it became clear that he wouldn’t be able to make match fitness in time. Later, Andrew Tye, Gujarat’s most successful bowler with 12 wickets from six games, had to leave the tournament after dislocating his left shoulder while fielding in the game against Mumbai Indians.

With Jason Roy having gone back home for England’s two-match One-Day International series against Ireland, Gujarat now have only one overseas batting option in Chirag Suri, the United Arab Emirates batsman, to replace McCullum within the playing XI.

With Dwayne Smith having a mediocre run, McCullum has been the main man for Gujarat at the top of the order, his runs coming at a strike rate of 147 and an average of 29, with two fifties scored along the way.

Gujarat are already out of the race for the playoffs having won just three of their 11 matches. Their next game is against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday in Mohali.

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