Things could not have got any worse for Ambati Rayudu, who was enjoying a good spell with the Indian team in the Zimbabwe tour, as he has been ruled out of the tour. He is said to have pulled his right quadriceps muscles.
Rayudu suffered the injury during the second ODI at Harare, which India won by 62 runs and he will be replaced by Sanju Samson for the remainder of the tour. Two T20 matches and one final ODI is yet to be played in the tour.
The BCCI even released the statement stating Rayudu will take around 2-3 weeks of rehabilitation.
"The BCCI medical team confirms that Ambati Rayudu has been ruled out of the remaining part of the India's tour of Zimbabwe due to an injury he has sustained while playing the 2nd ODI. Rayudu has pulled his right quadriceps muscles and will require 2 to 3 weeks of rehabilitation," read BCCI's statement.
"The All India senior selection committee has named Sanju Samson as Rayudu's replacement for the rest of the tour."
In absence of some senior cricketers, some fringe cricketers were selected for the tour of Zimbabwe and Rayudu had grabbed the chance with both hands after scoring a crucial century in the first ODI. He has scored 124 and 42 runs in the first and second ODI matches.
Sanju Samson after a decent IPL and an impressive performance in the domestic circuit has been given a chance to impress the selectors for the remainder of the tour.
Samson is said to be a bright prospect for India and it is time for the batsman to deliver the goods in national colours as well.