Ravichandran Ashwin and Murali Vijay have been ruled out of the 2017 Indian Premier League due to injuries. Ashwin will miss the entire tournament due to sports hernia while Vijay will undergo wrist surgery which will keep him out of action.
According to a BCCI release, Ashwin complained of groin pain and has been advised six to eight weeks of rehabilitation. Vijay, who featured for Kings XI Punjab in the 2016 IPL, will undergo surgery in his right wrist and left shoulder.
However, there is still lack of clarity regarding Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s availability for the tournament. The release stated that Kohli will undergo rehabilitation after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder during the Ranchi Test against Australia. His recovery will be assessed in the second week of April to determine an exact return to play date for IPL 2017.
Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav join the list of injured
Ravindra Jadeja, who was the leading wicket-taker in the series against Australia, will be out of action for two weeks due to an injury on his spinning finger. The Gujarat Lions all-rounder had a heavy workload in the 2016/17 Test season, bowling over 4000 deliveries and picking up 71 wickets. He is only the second all-rounder after Kapil Dev to score over 500 runs and take 50 wickets in a season.
Umesh Yadav, who picked up 17 wickets in the Australia series, has complained of lower back stiffness and will miss a couple of games for Kolkata Knight Riders.
There is bad news though for Royal Challengers Bangalore. KL Rahul, who smashed six fifties in seven innings in the recently-concluded Australia series, will not feature in the entire tournament as he will undergo surgery on his right shoulder. With Kohli certain to miss first few games and doubts over AB de Villiers’ fitness, this is a big blow for RCB.
There is good news for Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma, who could not participate in the Deodhar Trophy due to a knee injury, has been passed fit. Hardik Pandya, who was sidelined with a fracture on his right shoulder during the England series, also has been passed fit.
The 10th edition of the Indian Premier League starts on April 5 and the first match will see defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Uppal.