Gambhir out of match against CSK, injury may be grave

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Delhi skipper Gautam Gambhir has been ruled out of the Friday's Indian Premier League match against Chennai Super Kings due to a hamstring injury.

Updated: March 18, 2010 14:19 IST
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New Delhi:

Delhi Daredevils were dealt a body blow on Thursday with skipper Gautam Gambhir being ruled out of tomorrow's IPL match against Chennai Super Kings because of a hamstring injury.

"He is going for a scan to see how bad it is. Once we assess him, only then we will know how long he will be out for. It's reasonably serious and he won't play tomorrow," assistant coach Eric Simmons told reporters on Thursday.

"We don't know how bad it is at this stage," he added. In his absence, Dinesh Karthik will lead the side on Friday.

Gambhir pulled hamstring during last night's match against Mumbai Indians and was on the field for barely 10 minutes during the 98-run loss his team suffered.

Simmons said captain's was a crucial role and the team needs to be wary of the over rate factor as well.

"The captain plays an important role. He should understand the game and should be able to take quick decisions. So many captains have been fined for slow over rate in this tournament and we need to be careful," he explained.

Considering the form he was in, Gambhir's absence would not be easy to fill but Simmons hoped a balanced Daredevils side would walk out on Friday.

"It's an interesting situation now but we have a lot of options. Twenty20 is all about fielding a balanced side," he said.

Simmons said it was important to have plans but felt the Twenty20 format was much more than just strategies.

"Sometime strategies pay off, sometime it backfires. But you got to have plans A, B and C and you cannot worry too much," he said.

Delhi all-rounder Rajat Bhatia said the team would miss Gambhir on Friday but they were not giving up.

"The way he led the side in the tournament, we would badly miss him tomorrow. I just hope that till he returns, we can put up a good show. At the same time, his absence would be an opportunity for somebody else," he said.

Bhatia himself would be fancying his chance in the match against on Friday and the gritty player said he would give his best if inducted in the playing XI.

"I have not played yet but I'm not frustrated at all. You always learn things. I had a good domestic season and incidentally, I always play better against Tamil Nadu (in Ranji Trophy), a team I represented in the past," he said.

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