IPL 2017 news March 31, 2017

Ashwin to give IPL a miss, Vijay doubtful


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R Ashwin will miss the entire season of the upcoming IPL for Rising Pune Supergiant because of a sports hernia. Ashwin reported groin pain and has been advised six to eight weeks of rehabilitation, but is expected to regain full fitness ahead of India's title defence at the Champions Trophy in June.

M Vijay too is in danger of missing the entire tournament for Kings XI Punjab because of wrist and shoulder injuries that he played with for a better part of India's long home season. Vijay will require surgery to his right wrist and also undergo rehabilitation for his left shoulder and "may not be able to participate in IPL 2017," a BCCI release said on Saturday*.

Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav, the BCCI further stated, will need two weeks to recuperate from their respective injuries. Jadeja has "issues" with his spinning finger while Umesh reported soreness in his right hip and lower back. Both will miss the first two matches for their respective franchises. Gujarat Lions' first two matches are on April 7 and 9 before their third on April 14 against Supergiant in Rajkot. Kolkata Knight Riders, the team Umesh represents, also play their first two matches on April 7 and 9 with the third against Kings XI at home on April 13.

Ashwin, 30, has had an unprecedented workload during India's marathon home season that featured 13 Test matches against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. During the period, Ashwin bowled 738.2 overs - the most ever by a bowler in a Test season - and picked up a record 82 wickets. Along with Jadeja, Ashwin claimed 153 wickets at an average of 24.14 to become the most successful bowling pair in a season.

Ashwin first picked up the injury immediately after the Test series against England in December. In the aftermath, he withdrew from Tamil Nadu's Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Karnataka.

*0530 GMT Player availabilities were updated after the BCCI issued a release

Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun

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  • Jake on April 3, 2017, 9:56 GMT

    Very well timed injuries for Ashwin and Vijay, and Jadeja and Umesh should also consider skipping IPL. Warning signs couldn't be clearer that you can't expect players to compete in all formats across 12 months of the year. If these guys want to prolong their careers they have to prioritise and skipping IPL is absolutely the right step.

  • pennyn6574100 on April 3, 2017, 8:54 GMT

    @ANSHU.S - Very well written comments you made there good sir. Very honest reasoning from you when so many Indians supporters of IPL suddenly now rubbished the tournament the whole India once loved.

  • Jayaesh on April 2, 2017, 15:01 GMT

    @COOLCAPRICORN, LEGGIE : Even though both of you are in agreement regarding how schedule has become so jampacked like a neverending treadmill of sorts but both of you instead of looking at trimming the International calendar are suggesting reducing the length of the IPL , As it is IPL only gets a 45 day window where in it has to fit all the matches , IPL was based on home and away basis plus the TV Broadcasters who spend a billion plus on TV rights insist on each team playing a minimum of 14 matches so any suggestion of reducing the length of the IPL is just not practical or feasible . It is good that India is playing more Test matches but they need to drastically cut down on all those bilateral ODIs and T20. Looking back at our home season India should have avoided play shorter formats against NZ and Eng plus they should have rotated a lot more for Test . To sum it up as @ chak de Indiawalle wrote give IPL followers there 45 days and have the rest for yourselves .

  • Nish on April 2, 2017, 8:05 GMT

    @ANSHU.S/LEGGIE Nobody was saying the recent season for our players was not arduous & it was simply ludicrous to make our players play one after series after another - even though most of them were at home. No wonder many of our players were playing through injuries as we now know! As for the IPL, there are simply to many matches coming thick & fast crammed in a short time window - this is why they frankly get a bit boring & so they ideally need to be halved by each team playing another only once in the tournament (as they do say in the Rugby Union Six Nations championships in Europe) rather than twice home & away.

  • ran on April 2, 2017, 6:40 GMT

    nonoby will leve sleep if who wins ipl or not people will be tensioned if india lost to pak and will exit in first round of cjhmpion trophy.India shuld target resting very player and get ready fror south africa,enggland,australia and lat 2018 feb newzeland tour. We will beat sri lanka even if our 7 grade team will go.

  • Sudhakar on April 2, 2017, 6:05 GMT

    @ANSHU.S: In T20, batsmen may play just 60 balls & bowlers not more than 4 overs, but when it comes to training, the players efforts will be no less than what it is during a Test match. In fact it could be a little more since there is just no room for any error, and stakes are high. So, 60 matches over 45 days is a real squeeze on the players. Combine this with the Indian summer, players are often pushed to the brink. I'm not against T20s or the IPL, but IPL in it's current form needs a change.

  • Karthikeyan on April 2, 2017, 6:03 GMT

    I don't think that the loss of R. Ashwin to injury, & the buyout of M. Ashwin by DD, would double the front-line spinner work-load on Adam Zampa for RPS. I understand that the initially unsold services (at 10th IPL auction) of Imran Tahir, are now wanted by the RPS. The Sanjeev Goenka Group-led owners of RPS, have now taken Tahir under their wings in Ashwin's place. Even though Tahir is not an off-spinner; on paper at least, the slow bowling dept. does not look thread-bare; & instead it can even be said to look intimidating ! RPS had wisely spent 98 % of its budget at the auction, to cover for such contingencies. Baba Aparajith, & Saurabh Kumar, not so well-known RPS quantities could cover for the off-spin option. Also, the military-medium trundler; namely, Rajat Bhatia - with his dibbly-dobblies - can more than make-up for the difference. Fast bowlers Ben Stokes, Lockie Ferguson, Dan Christian, Mitchell Marsh, Shardul Thakur, Ishwar Pandey, & Deepak Chahar, can play the perfect foil.

  • Damodar on April 2, 2017, 5:37 GMT

    Chak De Indiawalle on April 1, 2017, 17:19 GMT:Such "experts"should also answer a question- How many times the Australians and some other major teams won in India during the last 4 decades? The reson for such "comments" is that some people can't digest the fact that India is the financial power house of world cricket.

  • ran on April 2, 2017, 5:10 GMT

    forget ipl real thing in cricket is india playing test criket againat australia,england,southafrica in india or either in southarica. Either india never win in series these three countries in next 50 yrs i will stell cherish beating them in spin wicket in india i love seeing dancing in spin picthes ha ha ha.

  • Iman on April 2, 2017, 5:03 GMT

    Great to see that they are taking the deserved break. This has been a long hard home season, and we need our key bowlers free for champions trophy. IPL has enough to stars to keep people interested in it. So nothing to worry about. Take a break, recuperate, and get on to the field only when you are fully fit.

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