Bhuvneshwar Kumar will take no further part in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Sunrisers Hyderabad confirmed on Tuesday.
Kumar sustained the thigh injury during his team's tight seven-run win over Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Friday.
The right-arm paceman had delivered only one delivery of his fourth over, before limping off back to the pavilion. With an economy rate of 6.31 and a wicket to show for up until that stage of the game against CSK, Kumar was forced to retire from the contest thereon.
Although the 30-year-old tried hard to bowl by repeating his run-up a couple of times, he had to trudge off the field with Khaleel Ahmed entrusted the duty of completing Kumar's over.
Kumar, who has represented India in 178 matches across formats, was subsequently left out of the playing XI that featured in the clash against Mumbai Indians.
"Bhuvneshwar Kumar is ruled out of #Dream11IPL 2020 due to injury. We wish him a speedy recovery! Prithvi Raj Yarra will replace Bhuvi for the remainder of the season," the franchise tweeted.
22-year-old Yarra played two IPL matches for Kolkata Knight Riders last year, returning mediocre figures of one wicket for 57 runs over these appearances at an economy rate in excess of 11. Yarra, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, boasts 39 wickets in 11 first-class games at an average of 21.51.
Kumar's frequent run-ins with injuries have been a troubling pattern in his career in recent years. He missed several games in the ICC World Cup 2019 and has not played a Test for India since the 2018 tour of South Africa.
Doubts linger over Kumar's availability for the Australia tour in December with workload management of pacers usually the top priority for the selectors.
Kumar's absence coupled with Mitchell Marsh's injury setback early in the tournament drains the pace bowling depth in Sunrisers Hyderabad's squad, leaving them with relatively inexperienced candidates to fulfill the job.