New Delhi, Mar 29: Delhi Daredevils may have to play the entire season of Indian Premier League (IPL 6) without New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder, who was hospitalised in critical condition on Thursday (March 28) in Christchurch.
Delhi had bought Ryder for $300,000 and the Kiwi was all set to join the team before the start of IPL 6 on April 3. However, now Delhi will play their opening game against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 3 without Ryder.
It is still not clear whether Ryder will be back to play this season. Reports said that he was improving on Friday after being attacked outside a bar.
Delhi team mentor TA Sekar hinted that Ryder might not be available for entire season. Describing Ryder as a "good kid" Sekar said the New Zealand always played for the team.
"I spoke to Jesse a couple of days back and he was looking forward to join the squad. It is very unfortunate that he got hit and is not in a position to play IPL. We are all praying that he should recover," Sekar was quoted as saying by "Mail Today" on Friday.
"Jesse Ryder is a good kid and I have been watching him for 2008 onwards. He plays according to the team's situation and is also a brilliant fielder," Sekar added.