Rahul, Aswin, Vijay ruled out of 10th edition

Cricket IPL : Jadeja, Umesh may miss initial phase

Rahul, Aswin, Vijay ruled out of 10th edition

The Indian Premier League is fast turning out to be injured-out premier league as the list of players joining the casualty ward is growing at the rate of knots even before the first ball of the 10th edition could be bowled.

After Virat Kohli was rendered unavailable for the initial phase of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s campaign, his team-mate and one of the main batting stays of the side, KL Rahul, was ruled out for the entire duration of the T20 league which will kick off with the game between defending champs Sunrisers Hyderabad and RCB on April 5 in Hyderabad.

Close on the heels of Rahul’s exit on Friday, came the news of India’s premier spinner and Rising Pune Supergiant bowler R Ashwin skipping the tournament due to a recurrence of sports hernia. The off-spinner has played through the discomfort with little resuperating time in between.

India Test opener M Vijay, who too has been troubled by an injured right shoulder, is most unlikely to turn up for Kings XI Punjab which he led in the second half of last season. Vijay is also likely to have his left-shoulder operated besides buying some time to recuperate from his wrist injury that he has played with throughout the season. 

The lengthy home season in which India played 13 Tests, eight ODIs and three T20Is, appears to have taken its toll with all signs of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and pacer Umesh Yadav missing the early part of the tournament just as Kohli who is yet to recover from the impact injury to his right shoulder that he suffered during the Ranchi Test against Australia.

Rahul will be undergoing an operation to repair his troubling left shoulder. The Karnataka batsman is expected to leave for London in a week’s time to get his surgery done so that he is fit in time for India’s defence of the Champions Trophy title in England along with Ashwin. The 30-year-old bowler, who has bowled an astounding 738.2 overs, is expected to be out of action of between six and eight weeks.       

Ashwin’s spin partner Jadeja has had to shoulder similar amount of workload. The left-arm spinner bowled a whopping 717.2 overs in this season, sharing the bulk of bowling responsibility.

Fast bowler Umesh has sent down 355.5 overs in 12 games, the highest number of overs he has bowled in a season since his debut. One will also have to take into account that Umesh’s overs were bowled in Indian conditions where, save Kolkata and to an extent Dharamsala, the wickets were not exactly conducive to fast bowling.

There were unconfirmed reports that Bangladesh’s left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahaman, who was instrumental in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s IPL triumph, may also skip the cash-rich event.

South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock (finger fracture) and Supergiant all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who left for Australia midway through the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, have already been ruled of the league.

Now, injury scare to AB de Villiers

After the twin blows in the shape of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, the Royal Challengers Bangalore were left anxious after South Africa’s AB de Villiers pulled out of the final of the domestic 50-over tournament on Friday following a suspected back problem.

De Villiers, who is set to lead RCB in Kohli’s absence, was to fly in to Bengaluru after Friday’s final in which his team Titans was to take on Warriors. While the withdrawal of de Villiers just before the toss raises doubts over his fitness, RCB will be desperately hoping they don’t miss the services of another big batsman.

Injury list

Out of tournament: KL Rahul (RCB), R Ashwin (Pune), M Vijay (KXIP), Quinton de Kock (Delhi), Mitchell Marsh (Pune).

To miss initial part: Virat Kohli (RCB), Ravindra Jadeja (Lions), Umesh Yadav (KKR).
Doubtful starters: Mustafizur Rahman (Sunrisers)

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