INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE HIT HARD IN 2017 ! TOP PLAYERS BOWLED OUT DUE TO INJURIES.
Between the break in IPL 2016 and IPL 2017, India has played plenty of cricket. Be it test matches (17 to be precise), ODIs or our most favourite T20s, team India has been on a constant roller coaster ride. Playing top notch, nonstop cricket for a continuous period of several months is no small achievement. And now when the much awaited season of IPL has finally arrived, some of our top performers have been ruled out of playing because of injuries. The tiring amount of international matches seem to have taken a toll on them.
For the first few weeks of IPL we may not be able to watch some of our most favourite stars like Virat Kohli, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. Virat Kohli’s shoulder injury, which plagued him during the series with Australia will keep him out of IPL for the first few weeks, until he makes a full recovery. K. L. Rahul will unfortunately not be available for the entire tournament due to his dislocated shoulder, for which he has a surgery scheduled in London in the coming week. Brilliant performers like Ravichandran Ashwin and Murali Vijay will be completely out of the series this year. The official medical team at BCCI has advised Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja to take a break for the first couple of weeks of the tournament.
Sadly, Indians are not the only players troubled by such issues. Certain foreign players as well are expected to be absent from this much loved tournament. Injury on the index finger of his right hand has forced Quinton de Kock out, whereas J P Duminy has opted out of this edition of the game for reasons best known to him alone. Mitchell Marsh, who is said to be recovering from surgery, is also expected to be a no-show.
This leaves the burden of performing in the competition to the albeit lesser known, but still remarkable young players like Sarfaraz Khan and Karun Nair (RCB). But there is indeed a silver lining on every cloud, and this might just give these youngsters the perfect opportunity to prove their mettle. Not being overshadowed by some of the more prominent players might for a change shift the focus on them.
But let’s not give up and lose hope. Some of the injured players are scheduled to play later on in the games if not at the very beginning. And we might finally be able to watch them play, those whose names have been synonymous with our favourite teams. Be it Virat Kohli of RCB or Umesh yadav of KKR. Here’s hoping for another smashing edition of the IPL.