After Vijay, Rahul, now Ashwin to miss IPL due to injury
New Delhi : This year’s Indian Premier League will miss some stars. Earlier, Murali Vijay and L Rahul were out of the tournament and now premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin added to the list. Ashwin will be out of the action for six weeks due to sports hernia.
There were even unconfirmed reports that Bangladesh's left-arm bowler Mustafizur Rahaman, who was instrumental in Sunrisers Hyderabad's IPL triumph, may also skip the cash-rich event.
Even Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma is also recuperating from a knee injury but may be available from the first match.
Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Umesh Yadav and Gujarat Lions' Ravindra Jadeja also need rest after an exacting home season. Umesh, Rohit and Jadeja are automatic selections in India's Champions Trophy squad.
However, both Jadeja and Umesh will play the bulk of the matches but may be given some time to freshen up, when their respective franchises play the first few games.
All this after skipper Virat Kohli, inarguably the biggest draw of the glamorous event, is set to miss a few matches due to shoulder injury.
A 100 per cent fit Ashwin is a must for India in the upcoming Champions Trophy in England from June 1 and playing 14 matches with little gap and lot of travelling would have only aggravated his problem.