Ashwin, Rahul, Vijay out; some rest for Umesh, Jadeja

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Apr 2017 09:44:04


Mar 31,


THE Indian Premier League was on Friday robbed of some sheen after premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and a host of top Indian players pulled out of the event’s 10th edition beginning on April 5, owing to a gruelling international season.

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

Ashwin, who was set to represent Rising Pune Supergiants, will be missing the tournament due to recurrence of sports hernia while Test team openers Murali Vijay (Kings XI Punjab) and Lokesh Rahul (RCB) are all set to miss the league due to shoulder surgeries.

Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Umesh Yadav and Gujarat Lions’ Ravindra Jadeja also need rest after an exacting home season. Both may be given some time, when their respective teams play the first few games.