Delhi Capitals have been dealt with an injury blow with Amit Mishra's Indian Premier League (IPL) stint cut short this season due to a finger injury.
The senior leg-spinner sustained the ring finger fracture while attempting a catch off his own bowling in the Capitals' clash against Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah.
Mishra, who is the leading wicket-taker (160 scalps) among Indian players in the IPL, suffered the flexor tendon injury to the ring finger on his right hand whilst bowling to Nitish Rana.
Despite being visibly troubled by the pain in the immediate aftermath of the incident, Mishra battled through the injury to deliver two economical overs and pick up the wicket of the dangerous Shubman Gill.
Although the 37-year-old did not take further part in the fixture, Delhi prevailed by 18 runs in the high-scoring fixture.
"Mishra will now consult with a specialist over the next few days to determine the most appropriate course of management for this unfortunate injury," Delhi Capitals stated in a media release.
Mishra was expected to play a crucial role for Delhi given the wealth of experience under his belt and the potentially slow surfaces in the UAE as the tournament moves forward.
He was impressive across the three games he managed to play for the Capitals this year, returning figures of two for 25 against Sunrisers Hyderabad and bowling a frugal wicketless spell against Chennai Super Kings.
This is not the first instance that DC have had unfortunate run-ins with injuries as Ravichandran Ashwin hurt his shoulder in his side's opening match against Kings XI Punjab.
Ashwin has since then recovered and will slot into the side alongside Axar Patel as the likely replacement for Mishra.