Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) fast-bowling all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile will miss the remaining season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 due to injury. Coulter-Nile was part of the Royals playing XI in their first match, where they registered a thumping win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

The 34-year-old will undergo rehabilitation after reaching his hometown in Australia.

“Unfortunately, I have the hard task of wishing him farewell,” RR head physio John Gloster said in a video shared by the franchise on Twitter.

“It’s always hard to lose someone, particularly when it’s through injury. And you know we were really looking forward to spending a lot of time with you [Coulter-Nile] throughout this tournament.

“Unfortunately, that’s not going to be. But you are a big part of us. Anything you need from us, we are always here. We look forward to having you back with us, whenever that might be.”

Until we meet again, NCN. 💗

Speedy recovery. 🤗#RoyalsFamily | #HallaBol | @coulta13 pic.twitter.com/XlcFUcTg5L

— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 6, 2022

Counter-Nile, who was bought by Rajasthan for INR 2 crore at the IPL 2022 mega-auction, got injured during the final over of Sunrisers’ innings when he pulled up in his follow-through. After walking off the field with the team doctor, he didn’t return to bowl.

Counter-Nile was replaced by fast bowler Navdeep Saini in RR’s next two games – versus Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Now, it will be interesting to see who will replace Counter-Nile for the rest of the season.

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