Delhi began their Indian T20 League on a high with a win against Mumbai in their first match. But the unavailability of overseas options was an area of concern for them. They were able to field only two overseas players in the first match.
In what came as a piece of shocking news for the franchise their star all-rounder Mitchell Marsh suffered a hip flexor injury ahead of the first ODI against Pakistan. The allrounderâ€™s Indian T20 League availability seemed in doubt as the minimum time for his recovery was expected to be about 6 weeks. The skipper of the Australian team for the limited-overs format, Aaron Finch confirmed the development and said that he will be missing the limited-overs series against Pakistan.
After being ruled out of the Pakistan series Mitchell Marsh is leaving for India to join the Delhi franchise. He will continue his recovery from the lower-grade hip flexor injury with the franchise. Patrick Farhart is currently the official physiotherapist of the Delhi team. He will manage Marshâ€™s further development after the player finishes serving the quarantine period in India. Notably, Mitchell Marsh will be the second player after Anrich Nortje to continue his rehab with the capitals squad.
In a statement to Cricket Australia on Wednesday Mitchell Marsh said that â€“ â€œBeing able to focus on my recovery without the travel and isolation break is the best approach. I am disappointed to miss the Pakistan series but look forward to re-joining the Australian squad for our next tour.â€
Originally Marsh was set to miss the first three games for the franchise being a part of Australiaâ€™s white-ball squad. His joining the franchise will be a boost for the team. Fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi and Mustafizur Rahman will be available for them in their next match on Sunday as they completed their quarantine period. However, David Warner will be the last overseas player to join the team as he has traveled back to Australia after the Test series against Pakistan.