Roy explains reasons for pulling himself out of IPL 2020
Veteran English batsman Jason Roy has explained reasons for withdrawing his name from participating in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Roy was supposed to play with Delhi Capitals (DC) this year but he pulled out himself on Thursday. Although, it was a blow for the franchise yet the franchise announced replacement of the southpaw.
Roy was introduced into Delhi captals two years ago. Although, he didn’t played the 2019 version for preparing himself for the World Cup. This year he was brought in the franchise with a worth of Rs 1.5 crore. On Wednesday, the batsman announced that he is not participating in the tournament happening in the UAE. Before him, his countrymen Chris woakes also pulled himself out at the beginning of Coronavirus pandemic.
Roy reasoned his transient injury for not taking part in the tournament. His side strain this week also removed him from playing three T20s against Pakistan .
“I can spend the next couple of months looking after myself and getting back to where I should be cricket-wise,” he was quoted as saying to Cricbuzz.
“During Covid and the lockdown, my running was good and cycling and all the stuff that ticks you over and makes you feel good but then you come to the specifics and you are a little bit behind because you don’t have the opportunity to net. So, I just think it is a nice opportunity to do that and looking at the schedule over there it’s pretty hectic, so it’ll be a nice opportunity to get fit and raring to go again.”
Roy expressed his disappointment for ruling out of the bio secured bubble as he will not be there to play three match T20 series against visiting Pakistan. He also insisted that, his current form could be a beneficial one in the upcoming series.
“It was a weird one,” he said. “I thought I’d go and do some range hitting to see where I was at and hit a couple and I was like ‘sweet, I haven’t forgotten how to hit a ball’ and then I put a lot of effort into a couple and kind of felt it; it was a bit awkward. And then I just pulled out straight away, left it for a day, and was like ‘nah, something has happened.’”