Rajasthan Royals were dealt a major blow after defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore as Australian all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile has been ruled out of the remainder of the season due to an injury. Coulter-Nile was part of the Royals’ starting XI in their opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, where they won comprehensively by 61 runs.

During the first match, Coulter-Nile was forced to leave the field without even completing his four over. He has not taken the field since then, and Navdeep Saini replaced him in Rajasthan’s next two matches against Mumbai Indians and RCB. While the nature of the injury is yet to be known, the franchise has confirmed that he will not take part in the remainder of the season.

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

Coulter-Nile, who’s been a part of IPL cricket since 2013, had earlier said, “It’s good to be picked by the Royals. They’ve always carried a solid reputation on the field and have been one of the tougher teams to beat in the competition, no matter what the situation of the game.”

“For me, the target is to help win the trophy for the Royals, obviously I’d love to be out there and help the team, but in a long tournament you have to be ready for anything the management asks you to do and just prepare yourself for the long-haul,” NCN had said two weeks ago.


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