Once Ashok Dinda admitted he had rushed his injury rehabilitation to help revive Pune Warriors India's flagging campaign and he was a "doubtful starter" for Tuesday's Rajasthan Royals clash, it was clear the Bengal speedster had aggravated his side strain.
Thus it didn't come as a
surprise when Dinda was nowhere to be seen at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium during the home team's warm-up.
And the Pune Warriors skipper and mentor, Sourav Ganguly, admitted Dinda was pushed in the previous two games.
"We pushed him in the last two games, but he has got the India A tour ahead, and is on the fringes of the national team. So he needs to get fully fit," Ganguly said after the toss.
One hopes the PWI skipper has realised the mistake of pushing a half-fit player into action and will own up if Dinda fails to recover in time for the Caribbean tour.