IPL 2017: Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja to miss initial matches, Murali Vijay ruled outApril 1, 2017
After KL Rahul and Ravichandran Ashwin, India Test opener Murali Vijay too has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2017, starting April 5. The Kings XI Punjab batsman will undergo a wrist surgery. (De Villiers suffers back injury ahead of IPL 2017)
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, who is nursing a right shoulder injury, will miss the initial phase of the tournament. A call on his return to action will be taken in the second week of April.
“Mr. Virat Kohli – The Indian Captain will undergo rehabilitation after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder. His recovery will be assessed in the second week of April to determine an exact return to play date for IPL 2017.” (India-Australia series got same attention as Ashes: Stokes to India Today)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Medical Team released an update on the fitness status of some of the players at the end of India’s successful international home season 2016-17.
Vijay suffered a shoulder injury during the four-match Test series against Australia, which India won 2-1, and had to sit out of the second Test in Bengaluru.
“The Indian opener will require surgery to his right wrist and also undergo rehabilitation for his left shoulder and hence may not be able to participate in IPL 2017,” BCCI’s press release stated. (Duminy, De Kock absence big blow for Delhi Daredevils: Dravid)
JADEJA, UMESH ADVISED REST FOR TWO WEEKS
Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions’ star all-rounder Ravinda Jadeja and Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Umesh Yadav have bee advised rest for two weeks and will miss the first few matches for their respective franchises.
“Mr. R Jadeja & Mr. Umesh Yadav have been advised rest for 2 weeks to recuperate. Mr. R Jadeja has issues with the spinning finger & Mr. Umesh Yadav has right hip and lower back soreness and they will recover during the initial phase when their respective teams will play their first and second match of IPL 2017.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Rahul and Rising Pune Supergiant’s Ashwin have already been ruled out of the tournament due to shoulder injury and sports hernia respectively.
“The opening batsman (Rahul) is likely to undergo surgery of his left shoulder and may not be available for IPL 2017 season during which he will have to complete his rehabilitation,” BCCI stated.
Ashwin has been advised up to eight weeks of rehabilitation but is expected to be fit for ICC Champions Trophy in England in June.
“Mr. R Ashwin – The all-rounder has reported groin pain and has been advised 6-8 weeks of rehabilitation, which he will undergo and hence will not be available for the upcoming IPL season,” the statement read.
In some good news for Mumbai Indians, captain Rohit Sharma has been declared fit for the tournament.
“Mr. Rohit Sharma & Mr. Hardik Pandya – have been declared fit to play competitive cricket. They will be available for IPL 2017.”